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Original sketches by marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, will open the Key West Art & Historical Society’s 2013 exhibition season for members only on Sept. 12 and open to the public on Sept. 13.

‘Depicting Hemingway,’ contains 59 original pen-and-ink drawings that follow the storyline of Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, ‘The Old Man and The Sea.’

Harvey, a native of Jamaica, became fascinated by the writings of Hemingway early in his life and developed the sketches following a narrative of the novel. His pen-and-ink drawings, a side many of his fans may have never seen, are as unique as Harvey’s colorful paintings of marine life.

These drawings illustrate the epic battle between Santiago and the marlin he has hooked. These early sketches helped launch Harvey’s career as an artist and were first seen when he displayed them in 1985.

The Key West Art & Historical Society is proud to present the 59 sketches, loaned to the society by Dave and Cheryl Copham, alongside a number of other objects relating to Hemingway’s life in Key West.

The exhibit will open on Thursday, September 12, 5:00PM-7:00 p.m. for members-only preview, then on Friday, September 13, 5:30PM-7:00PM for the public, with a suggested donation of $10. If not already a member, those interested will be able to join the Society Thursday and attend the private opening.

On September 12, members will be treated to Cuban-themed food by Justin Van Aken and rum drinks courtesy of Papa’s Pilar Rum. Also on Thursday, sculptor Terry Jones will give a short lecture about creating the Hemingway sculpture that on display at the Custom House.

Seating Thursday night will be limited and to reserve a seat, members should contact Gerri Sidoti.

Friday night guests will be treated to live music on the Custom House porch, complimentary hors d ‘oeuvres by Small Chef at Large, and beer and wine. The event is a Friday on Front event and many of the Front Street businesses will remain open including the Key West Art Center and the Rooftop’s Agave Bar.