KEY WEST, Florida Keys — In 1965 the Key West Art Center originated and sponsored a show of original fine art to promote the cultural image of the island city. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, the 47th annual Old Island Days Art Festival is to continue that tradition with works by approximately 100 fine artists from around the United States and Canada.
Now a nationally recognized event, the open-air art show is still presented by the Key West Art Center in the historic Old Town district. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and admission is free.
Each year, the festival features pieces in media such as watercolor, oil paint, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography and other fine arts. The show is juried to ensure high-quality offerings.
Key West’s Whitehead Street is to be closed to vehicular traffic from Greene to Eaton streets, creating a lively outdoor marketplace where attendees 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
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY