A colorful waterfront setting, arts and
crafts by skilled Florida Keys artisans and tunes by talented local and
visiting musicians are top attractions at the 10th Annual Schooner Wharf
Open Air Art & Music Affair. The event is set for 10:00 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday, March 6th, in Key West’s Historic Seaport.
This eclectic festival highlights the creative talents of the
free-spirited artists of Key West. The Old-Town Historic Seaport provides
the perfect backdrop, with the traditional tall ships along the boardwalk,
and the ocean breeze wafting through Schooner Wharf Bar, “A last little
piece of old Key West”.
Event Organizers, Evalena, Carl and Kate Peachy
Rebecca Burg and
her nautical artwork
|This one of a kind show
features award winning local and national artists and crafters whose work
isn’t shown anywhere else. Negotiate directly with the designers, or watch
as they create a custom piece for you. Enjoy many personal demonstrations
of technique, including glass bead blowing, jewelry making, and painting
“En plein air.” There will be approximately forty artists exhibiting this
New this year will be a
demonstration by sculptor Marianne van den Broek. Some of her sand
sculptures can be seen at the Sandbox, corner of White and Virginia
Streets, as well as her piece “Africa” at the Botanical Gardens. Marianne
has traveled all over Western Europe and the United States to work on sand
sculpture festivals carving sand.
Internationally reknown potter
Jay Gogin will be spinning clay with his FKCC students and protégés,
George Clark and Mark Hacker. Special guest artist from Japan, Hiro
Tashima, will also be on hand to show his unique throwing techniques.
Tashima is known for his avant guard ceramics, his work is sought out and
collected by David Bowie. Gerald Adams Elementary students will also be
part of the fun getting their hands in the clay. The Art Affair is a great
opportunity to watch the possibilities and creativity in progress.
Newcomer Noel Skibaand will display her vibrant oils, and Mira Negron, who
is well known for large murals in and around Key West will be showing her
oils in several series; musical motifs, detailed flora, and tropical
William Welch will be back to show his watercolors and oils. Welch refers
to himself as an “Academic impressionist” drawing on his training in
realism and expressive passion for light and color. Bill said “I am
looking forward to this event, I usually show my art in exhibits and
galleries, but Schooner Wharf Bar is the place to be and this is a great
time of the year for an outdoor show.
Robin Pierson is showing her
Decorative Window Art, when asked about her show experience she reflected
“the Schooner Wharf Open Air Art & Music Affair is a special event for me
because this is where my work was first introduced to Key West. In my
latest works I’ve tried to capture the uniqueness of the Key West life
style.” Robin creates using old and antique windows salvaged from homes on
Cape Cod. Colorful glass and found objects are incorporated into each
design, with no two exactly alike.
Returning perennial crowd favorites are paintings by Kate Peachy, Kathryn
Leonard, Thomas Avery, Larry Batts, Carrie Disrud and Debra Peterson, wood
carvings by Peter Cornell and Isaias Meondoza, Antonio Mendez’s painted
feathers, and jewelry by Christeena Minopetnos, Bethy Hodgin, Gordon Mabie
and Peggy Taylor among others.
Gogin, Evalena Worthington, Jay Gogin and fountain
Suret - 2007 Art Affair
Your hosts at Schooner
Wharf, Evalena & Paul Worthington, will be spearheading a Haiti Relief
effort during the Open Air Art and Music Affair this year.
Two separate satellite bars will offer icy cold tropical libations,
where 100% of the monies for cocktails as well as all the bartender’s
tips, and a portion of the service staff’s tips will go to the
families of Schooner Wharf crew effected by the tragedy.
In addition, a Silent
Auction will also take place, a 9’ inflatable dinghy, VHF marine
radio, Master Suite at the Gardens Hotel, Water Adventures, and art
work donated by participating artists are some of the items that will
be offered. 100% of the monies will also go to the cause.
On the stage, fourteen solid
hours of live music kicks off at ten in the morning, with singer/raconteur
Michael McCloud, backed by Professor
Pete, and Capt. Carl. A longtime local favorite, McCloud seasons his
popular performances with offbeat humor and original tunes.
Then the stage will be filled with The
Doerfels -- a family of ten talented young musicians, whose average
age is only 16! This band will be sure to entertain every taste with their
country, gospel, and bluegrass songs, interspersed with a touch of blues,
jazz, swing, and classical. With banjo, fiddle, bass, cello, guitar and
humor, the Doerfels put on an engaging show for all ages.
The headliners, international
ten piece band Jahfe, will intensify the
energy, bringing their real-deal roots reggae mixed with many other styles
-- rock, dub, soul, and R&B. One of the few reggae bands fronted by a
female lead singer, and the compelling, soulful sounds of saxophone, and
the rhythmic beat of congas, Jahfe's music aims to connect people
everywhere through its conscious-raising message. The Miami Herald said
they're "...one of the hottest roots reggae groups to come out of Miami in
Not only is the festival a rollicking good time, it is a fantastic
opportunity to meet renowned artists in a casual atmosphere, purchase a
distinctive piece of art, and have a cocktail while supporting a
Come celebrate the distinctive and unique flavor of the island, with great
music, food, and cocktails in a casual atmosphere where you can mingle
with the artists, and watch them work. Enjoy the playful off beat spirit
of Key West with great food, cocktails, unique art, and top notch music,
this Saturday from 10 till 1 a.m. at Schooner Wharf.
Sponsors of this years show include, Stoli O Vodka, L’Attitudes, Key 93.5,
Heineken Light and Sun 99.5
Interested parties please send e-mail to
contact (305) 292-3302 or (305) 304-2275.
2007 Schooner Wharf Art Affair Entrance
Evalena & William DeBilzan - Art Affair 2007
Peachy of Kate's Gallery and her original paintings
In between The
Schooner Wharf Bar promises a session of “surprise”
entertainment sure to
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For more information, do not hesitate to call Evalena
or Sheree at 292-3302
Barbara K. Wright at 305-296-7182 for more information