November 6, 2019 – (Key West, FL).    Key West Art & Historical Society exhibits Florida Keys residents’ curious collections at the Custom House Museum 

Cherished objects collected by our local community will be spotlighted in Key West Art & Historical Society’s next installment of “Key West Collects: Our Community Treasures,” an exhibit of unusual and wonderful collections of knickknacks, curios, ornaments, trinkets, baubles, collectibles, artwork, and other objects collected by Key West/Florida Keys residents, with a special reception on November 22 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Bumpus Gallery at the Custom House Museum.

A favorite among the community and The Society alike, “Key West Collects” gives the community an opportunity to “take ownership of The Society’s exhibits,” says Society curator, Cori Convertito, Ph.D.  “Florida Keys residents are fascinated in so many facets of culture, history and the arts.  Displaying a small representation of their interests allows the museum to generate conversation amongst its visitors.”

Objects were selected from an overwhelming response to this fall’s “call for collections.” The display features an eclectic selection of objects including black powder flasks, nutcrackers, Egyptian artifacts, miniature portraits and mercury glass. The exhibit is the fourth installment of “Key West Collects,” created several years ago by The Society with the intent of engaging the local community while showcasing their cultural diversity.

The previous “Key West Collects” exhibit, held in 2017, included objects such as exotic opium pipes, vintage dolls, World War I sheet music, scrimshaw from the 19th century, pre-Columbian artifacts, embroidered linens and other.

“Key West Collects: Our Community Treasures” runs through January 5, 2020 and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact KWAHS Curator Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305-295-6616 x112 or  cconvertitofarrar@kwahs.orgYour Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island.

IMAGE: ‘Key West Collects,’ an exhibit of interesting and unusual collections by Key West/Florida Keys residents, will open on November 22 and run through January 5, 2020 at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street.