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In the Florida Keys & Key West, vacationing is an art form and the color palette is more vibrant than even the Old Masters could imagine. Picture azure waters perfect for diving and snorkeling among coral formations and historic shipwrecks, iridescent scales on leaping gamefish, blue skies backdropping foliage on nature trails. Feast on fresh seafood at restaurants ranging from gourmet to funky, wander into shops and museums, and meet residents eager to offer tips for enjoying the island chain.
 
The Keys are renowned as a haven for creative spirits. Once home to Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, today the island chain supports visual, literary and performing artists who showcase their talents at galleries, theaters, and art walks.
 

In fact, every visit to the Florida Keys is a cultural delight -- and there’s so much to experience you’ll be inspired to return again and again.  To find out more, visit www.fla-keys.com.

Check out these exclusive art segments filmed in the keys and sponsored by Florida Keys & Key West! 

 

tennessee williams exhibit

 

Our next stop is Truman Street in Key West. The Southernmost Point has long been an inspiration to artist and writers, in addition to Ernest Hemingway, playwright, Tennessee Williams spent nearly four decades as a resident. 

Recognizing his contribution to the cultural history of Key West, an exhibition has been created to showcase the universal importance of the life and work of the Pulitzer Prize winning writer during his remarkable 36 year tenure in Key West. 

  
 

 

sculptor, jason lebarns

 

Cutting, bending and burnishing aluminum is how Jason Lebarns creates sleek, holographic-like sculptures with reflective surfaces that mimic the underwater energy of marine-life. Jason's partner, Adam Welsh, heads up the "Fishbone Design" company, and with the help of artist Justin Esquinaldo, glistening sheets of metal become whimsical pieces of art. We caught up with Jason at his workshop on Stock Island in the lower Florida Keys.   
 

 

hemingway house

 

Ernest Hemingway is generally associated with the lost generation of artists who came of age in Europe after World War I, but his most prolific period as a writer was during the decade he lives in Key West. In this story we travel to the tip of the Florida Keys to get a look at his home, now a museum, just off Duval Street.  
 

 

florida keys flagler mural

 

This next story takes us to mile marker 95, in the Florida Keys near Key Largo, where a community can together to create a work of art that also commemorates an historic milestone.  
 

 

key west songwriters festival

 

art loft travels to the southernmost point in the Florida Keys, Key West, for the 18th Annual Songwriter's Festival. This festival features more than 100 songwriters performing over five days of sun, fun, music and typical Key West hospitality. 
 

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