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January 2, 2020 – (Key West, FL).  Florida Keys women artists celebrated in juried exhibit at Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society welcomes the public to a special reception on January 17 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to celebrate the work of 39 Florida Keys female artists featured in the “From a Woman’s Hand” exhibit at the Custom House Museum, 281 Front Street. The biannual exhibit juried by arts community leaders Jane Grannis, Martha Resk, Lois Gray, and Cori Convertito, Ph.D. illuminates the remarkable achievements of women artists despite the gender imbalance in the art world while also contributing to the centenary commemoration of women’s suffrage in America.

“Our mission is to promote the humanities and arts of the Florida Keys, including emphasis on the role of women in our society,” says Society Curator Cori Convertito. “This exhibit showcases strong, thought-provoking pieces created by female artists in our community. The breadth and depth of the artists’ originality and imagination is astonishing.”

Among them are Lauren McAloon displaying her newest raku and brass sculpture in her Vessel Series entitled Amber Waves, American Watercolor Society signature member Sandy Mezinis exhibiting a new watercolor piece entitled Elixir de la Vida, and former Upper Keys art teacher Veronica Alegre Gutierrez with her bronze sculpture entitled Conch Venus. Museum visitors will also discover fresh artwork and mediums by artists whose works are rarely exhibited in Florida Keys.

“It is wonderful to work with the artists represented in the exhibit; they offer such a dynamic view of everything that surrounds us – nature, people, experiences and materials,” says Convertito. “The quality and diversity of the artwork continually impresses me.”

“From a Woman’s Hand” runs until March 22 and is sponsored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Please note that museum policies strictly prohibit the sale of any artwork during the exhibit. For more information, call Cori Convertito, Ph.D. at 305-295-6616 x 112. Your Museums.  Your Community.  It Takes an Island. 

IMAGE: Elixir de la Vida by artist Sandy Mezinis is one of the works that will be on display in the 2020 rendition of the ‘From a Woman’s Hand’ exhibit which opens with a special reception at the Custom House Museum on the evening of Thursday, January 17.