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For those seeking heritage, diverse arts, and cultural tourism the Florida Keys and Key West is a vibrant and welcoming destination. Throughout the year this island chain hosts a range of events: an annual literary seminar, a professional symphony orchestra series, film festivals, art walks, and more!

Exploring the region’s environmental and historic attractions can deepen an enjoyment of the Keys’ colorful culture and character—particularly for artists and writers seeking pristine natural locations and landscapes to spark their creativity.

Every visit to the Florida Keys and Key West becomes a journey full of wonder--there’s so much to experience you’ll be inspired to return again and again. For more information visit

Enjoy these stories on the arts of the Keys, sponsored by Florida Keys & Key West!


Chartworks with artist Marjorie Smith


At Keys Images Custom Framing in Key Largo we meet artist Marjorie Smith. Smith’s chartwork artworks offer a creative union of nautical charts and marine life, or prized boats, or whatever else might strike your fancy. Join us as she discusses the inspirations behind her artistry.


South of Heaven Tattoos


At South of Heaven Tattoo the artists not only take pride in the art they leave on customer’s skin, they make sure it’s on the walls, too. Join us as we talk shop with the guys behind this notable Key Largo establishment.


Theo & Ganine’s Dance Studio


Since 2003 Theo Derleth and Ganine Giorgione Derleth have been running their namesake dance studio in Marathon and providing the Florida Keys with a refuge for rhythm, learning, community, and so much more. For more info visit


Artists Collaborating on A Mosaic of the Keys


For the Fifth Annual Connections Project the Florida Keys Council of the Arts provided six inch by six inch blank canvases to 400 artists and community members. Join us as we chat with some of the artists behind this mosaic of the Florida Keys.


Michelle Lowe Undersea Artist/Painter


We meet Islamorada artist Michelle Lowe, who with her watercolors, brings undersea life to the canvas. Her inspiration comes from long family history of life near the ocean. Take a look.

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