- From 06 Sat Feb 2016 to 07 Sun Feb 2016 February 6, 2016 February 7, 2016 Tranquility Bay
Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival
With brush strokes and camera lenses, artists from around the world have captured the tranquil beauty of a small historic island beneath the Florida Keys’ Old Seven Mile Bridge. Visitors can enjoy some of that artistry during the isle’s namesake Pigeon Key Art Festival, scheduled to return to Marathon Community Park Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7.
The creative festival’s tropically themed oasis of artwork includes pottery, paintings, glass, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. Each year artists demonstrate their skills during the show, giving attendees a glimpse of the techniques behind their original creations.
Dubbed “a big show for a tiny island,” the event is now in its 22nd year. Pigeon Key housed workers constructing the Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad in the early 1900s and is an iconic Keys cultural landmark.
New festival offerings for 2016 include historical re-enactments, period entertainment and educational programming underscoring the Pigeon Key Foundation’s important projects, according to organizers.
As in the past, an artist was selected to create a custom piece for the event to adorn a commemorative poster and a limited-edition T-shirt. The featured artist for 2016 is Carly Majeur, a native Floridian, art teacher and conservationist whose paintings, the Nautical Chart Series, connect marine life with geographic locations.
Marine life artist Wyland, who has become synonymous with a new generation of environmental conservation, is to share his world-renowned talent during the festival by creating ink paintings to be auctioned live as part of the annual fundraiser.
Attendees can purchase tickets to win one of several pieces of artwork during the festival’s traditional art raffle, held both days.
As well as artists’ booths and displays, the open-air park at mile marker 49 also is to feature food and beverage booths, a beer and wine garden, music and children’s crafts — all rounding out a family-friendly weekend of activities.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry for either day is $7 per person for adults and free for children under 12. Attendees who purchase tickets for Saturday admission can retain them to receive free return admission Sunday. Parking is free at the Marathon Community Park.
Festivalgoers who retain their ticket stubs can redeem them for a half-price ferry trip to Pigeon Key within one week of their show admission.
Proceeds support the Pigeon Key Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering education to the public about the historical, environmental and cultural significance of the Florida Keys.
Event information: www.pigeonkeyartfestival.com