Sculpture Key West Opens at West Martello

Sculpture Key West/Exhibition One opened Sunday evening January 20 amid gusting winds and chill temperatures, but the mood was warm and bouncy among the guests and members of Sculpture Key West at Fort West Martello.  An open bar and special hor d’oeurves from Square One made for an inviting evening.

With a fine group of new sculpture installed at the historic fort, there was seriously good art to be seen, along with the chance to meet SKW Guest Curator for 2008 Mary Ceruti.  Ms. Ceruti, director of the Sculpture Center in New York, was on hand to chat with visitors and congratulate artists whose works she had reviewed last fall in conceptual form.  Many of the participating artists, including Christine Brundige, Cameron Gainer, Steven Durow, Matthew Spahr, Vera Vasek, Ralph Provisero and Anja Marais, were also at the party to talk about their work and the experience of creating sculpture for the Fort West Martello show. 

SKW Chair Jean Carper announced that for its 13th season, the SKW exhibition is presented at several venues, with Exhibition Two opening next month at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park on Sunday, February 24.  Both exhibitions continue through April 24th.  There are also over a dozen works of art at sites around the entire island of Key West as well as on Stock Island, attesting to the steady growth and popularity of this major international exhibition. 

Each year SKW presents a fund-raising auction featuring artists’ original maquettes and models available for sale to raise funds for the future exhibitions program.  To be held March 12th , further details will soon be announced for the highly popular event.

A special SKW fund-raising party, to be held on the beach Sunday night after the opening, was unfortunately a victim of the rough weather.  The threat of rain posed a significant danger to the band’s elaborate electronic equipment, as gusts of wind sweeping the sands made partying on the beach an uninviting thought.  SKW issued an apology to those brave art fans who arrived for the later party.