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Old Island Days Art Festival

From 27 Sat Feb 2016 to 28 Sun Feb 2016 February 27, 2016 February 28, 2016 Tranquility Bay

Old Island Days Art Festival

Key West’s historic Old Town becomes an open-air gallery for art lovers

Aficionados of fine art can discover creative offerings by approximately 100 artists, chosen from several hundred applicants from around the United States and Canada, during the 51st annual Old Island Days Art Festival.
 
Presented by the Key West Art Center, the nationally recognized open-air show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, in Key West’s historic Old Town district.
 
First held in 1965 and originally called the Clothesline Art Show, the festival is to feature artists in media ranging from watercolor, acrylics and oils to sculpture, collage and photography. Additional attractions include jewelry, pottery, pieces in glass or wood and other fine craft items.
 
The show is juried to ensure high-quality offerings. Competition is so keen to display fine art in Key West’s subtropical setting that festival organizers decided in 1985 to limit participation to approximately 100 exhibitors.
 
Organizers expect as many as 25,000 connoisseurs, collectors and other attendees to view participants’ wares during 2016’s free-admission event.
 
Key West’s Whitehead Street is to be closed to vehicular traffic from Greene to Eaton streets, creating a lively outdoor marketplace where visitors can enjoy exhibitors’ offerings in the typically balmy February weather.
 
Booths also are to be placed on Caroline Street within Truman Annex, a gracious enclave that includes the Harry S. Truman Little White House where the late president spent 175 days during his 1945-1953 tenure in office.
 
Proceeds from the show support the Key West Art Center’s programs and maintain the historic 301 Front St. building that houses its gallery.
  
Event information: www.keywestartcenter.com or 305-294-1243