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January 30, 2020 – (Key West, FL). Local artist Suzie ‘Zuzek’ dePoo recognized with New York City exhibit, special group trip offered

Fans of fashion and the Big Apple will be pleased to learn of a trip organized by Key West Art & Historical Society to New York City from Wednesday, May 13 to Saturday, May 16 for a special curator tour and opening reception of  an exhibit honoring the late beloved Key West artist Suzie ‘Zuzek’ dePoo.  “Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Prints that Made the Fashion Brand” at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum celebrates and recognizes Suzie dePoo’s accomplishments as a prolific textile designer who created over 1,500 designs for Key West Hand Print Fabrics between 1962 and 1985 for use by Lilly Pulitzer.

The Cooper Hewitt Museum exhibition will reveal the nature and scope of her previously unrecognized artistic contribution to the iconic upscale resort wear that became well-known for its vibrant colors and exuberant patterns, many of which were created by Suzie dePoo. It will feature more than 35 of the venerated Key West artist’s original watercolor and gouache design drawings alongside finished screen-printed textiles and some of the fashions that made them famous.

A recognized legacy to the Key West’s arts community for her textiles, sculptures, and wood panel paintings, dePoo was celebrated by Key West Art & Historical Society in 2015 with an exhibit at the Custom House Museum that featured her talents as a designer for Key West Hand Print Fabrics, a factory that created up to four miles of fabric a week and was Pulitzer’s textile provider. The Museum continues to house many of her displayed and archived works, including these textiles designed for Pulitzer.

The four-day three-night trip package is $1,262 per person (based on double occupancy) and includes airfare and transportation, lodging at Hotel Belleclaire near Lincoln Center, two free admissions to your choice of The American Museum of Natural History, The Museum of the City of New York, Circle Line Harbor Cruise, The MET, the Empire State Building Observatory, or the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and shopping discounts and Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.  A $50 deposit is due by January 31, with final payment due March 13.  To book, please contact tour coordinator, Jenni Konrad at or 305.912.3253.  For more information, visit kwahs.orgYour museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.  

IMAGE: Key West Art & Historical Society is organizing a travel excursion to New York City, May 13-16, for a curator tour and opening reception of a new Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum exhibit honoring the late Key West artist, Suzie dePoo, along with several days experiencing other Big Apple high-points. (Provided photo)