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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 www.fla-keys.com.

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

 

Grimal Grove in Big Pine Key

 

In this segment Art Loft host Jumaane N’Namdi makes a stop at Grimal Grove, a tropical garden in Big Pine Key. Listen in as he chats with Owner/Director Patrick Garvey about the history and happenings taking place in this small slice of paradise. While at Grimal Grove we also had the chance to meet two musicians, fresh off “The Guitar Summit,” a tour of the Florida Keys. Join us as they perform within the gardens of Grimal Grove in Big Pine Key.
 

 

Redbone Gallery in Islamorada

 

 

In Islamorada the Redbone Gallery is providing locals and visitors with an outlet for “art with a heart.” Born from a mission to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research, this gallery showcases eclectic work from all media. 

  

 

The Art Guild of The Purple Isles

 

 

In this segment we’re introduced to the Art Guild of the Purple Isles, an arts organization based in the Florida Keys. In conversation with Guild leaders, we discuss their community outreach projects as well as their 50th Annual Member's Judged Show. 

  
 

 

Florida Keys Watercolor Society

 

In this profile we check out the 35th annual judged exhibition of works from the Florida Keys Watercolor Society at the Marathon Community Theatre. Join us as we chat with artist Julie Joyce about the origins of this notable group and how about they get folks hooked onto watercolor.
 

 

Paradise Paint Out Gala

 

Join us as we attend the Paradise Paint Out Gala, held in the Florida Keys. With host artist Kathleen Denis, we take in works created during the second run of the Islamorada Paradise Paint Out.
 

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