The Key West Art & Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of its forthcoming exhibition “Key West Shutter Stories: Elizabeth Devries”. This is the first museum exhibition devoted exclusively to the work created by Lizzee the Shutter Lady. More than 30 3-dimensional vignettes will be showcased in the Bumpus Gallery. The Society welcomes the public to a special reception on October 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Key West Museum of Art & History, 281 Front Street, to mark the exhibit opening.
Elizabeth Devries’ artwork/woodwork containing historical pieces of old Key West will be the stage that is set for her show at the Custom House Museum. She has been a craftsman in the Keys for over 36 years and is known as ‘Lizzee the Shutter Lady’. Her enthusiasm, attention to detail and cataloging of Key West’s authentic artifacts, many of her elements are over a hundred years old, is but a part of her brilliance.
It is with a naive eye and excitement of life itself that her work brings the past to our present. Elizabeth is ever trying to convey the life and happenings of our local island city. Key West is a wealth of inspiration for Elizabeth, with the vehicle being the collected shutters of Key West’s past. Different colored shutter pieces have been salvaged from historic homes owned by famous artists and writers. The lime greens are Hemingway’s, the reds are those of Tennessee Williams’s, the greens are from the Oldest House Museum. The future is not yet made but her collection of materials is awaiting. She sees life, puts her heart into overdrive and her bandsaw into action.