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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!


Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters | Art Loft 612


Key West has a history of folk music, and Billy the Squid and the Sea Cow Drifters is keeping this legacy alive. The band combines rockabilly vocals and a country sound with the laid back vibe of the island. Take a listen.


In the studio with Susan Sugar | Art Loft 607


Painter Susan Sugar is inspired by light, rhythm, and poetry. We explore where she draws her inspiration from in her paintings that sometimes skirt abstraction.


Jeffrey Salter's Key Dance Project | Art Loft 349


In this ambitious endeavor, Photographer Jeffrey Salter pairs dancers with the various bridges of the Florida Keys. The end result is a haunting memento of these engineering feats. For more on Salter’s work visit


In the Studio with Visual Artist Sandra Attales | Art Loft 605


We caught up with visual artist Sandra Attales in Studio Sesh Arts, her gallery in Islamorada. We learn about her artistic practice, her hopes for this contemporary art space, and more. See her work at:


Studio Visit with Key West Pottery | Art Loft 524


In this colorful profile, Adam Russell and Kelly Lever - the duo behind Key West Pottery - give us a tour of their unique gallery space. They also share the story of their origins and the evolution of their artistic practice. See more at:

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