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The Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum will mark the 30-year anniversary of playwright Tennessee Williams’ death with an exhibit of his rarely seen artwork. Williams not only wrote at his cottage on Duncan Street, but also painted there as a way of relaxation.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30 – 7 p.m., the exhibit opens with a Members-only preview party, including complimentary hors d’oeuvres and open bar. Members will have a chance to see this special exhibit of Williams’ artwork before it opens to the public on Dec. 6. (Museum membership can be obtained prior to the exhibit opening or at the door on Dec. 5).

The public opening of the exhibit will coincide with Friday on Front Event, Dec. 6, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Guests are welcome with a suggested $10 donation. Complimentary beer and wine will be served.

For more than 30 years, the renowned playwright lived in his cottage in Key West, until his death in 1983. He completed “Summer and Smoke” and wrote “Night of the Iguana” among other works in Key West.

The Academy Award-winning film adaptation of Williams’ play, “The Rose Tattoo,” was shot on the island in the 1950s, and the Tennessee Williams Theatre opened in 1980 with the world premiere of his play, “Will Mr. Merriweather Return From Memphis?”

For more information about the exhibit, membership or upcoming programs, go to, or call Gerri Sidoti, Director of Programs & Membership, 305-295-6616, 106.