The Subtropical Island with a rich and diverse art scene
The Old Island Days Art Festival
is seeking artists for its 54th annual Fine Art Show in Key West. This nationally recognized event attracts fine artists from across the country. Exhibitors include painters, sculptors, photographers, collage artists and other non-functional fine art. Reports from the 2018 show exhibitors were positive and they were pleased with the number of buyers.
About the Show
The Old Island Days Art Festival is a two day juried outdoor fine art festival. This nationally recognized show brings over 100 fine artists to this beautiful historic area of Key West. Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton, and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex. Set among historical attractions such as the Audubon House, the Truman Little White House and Mel Fisher Museum, the City of Key West closes two blocks of Whitehead Street and another block of Caroline Street to vehicle traffic for the show. Visitors can leisurely browse the beautiful displays of paintings from watercolor to oil and acrylic, decorative sculpture, photography and other fine arts from the selected artists. Tropical themes are abundant here, but contemporary and traditional styles make something for everyone!
An Anticipated Tradition
The show, which is in its 54th year, is sponsored by the Key West Art Center, and was originally held to raise money for the renovation of the building at 301 Front Street. That building is now home for the Key West Art Center and displays works by the 40 plus local members. The first show was held on the sidewalk on Front Street, near the current gallery and artists used clothespins to attach their work to the fence in front of the old Custom House. Since then the show has been held annually and grown from just local artists and now includes exhibitors from across the country and Canada.