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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

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


The Art Guild of The Purple Isles



In this segment we’re introduced to the Art Guild of the Purple Isles, an arts organization based in the Florida Keys. In conversation with Guild leaders, we discuss their community outreach projects as well as their 50th Annual Member's Judged Show. 



Florida Keys Watercolor Society


In this profile we check out the 35th annual judged exhibition of works from the Florida Keys Watercolor Society at the Marathon Community Theatre. Join us as we chat with artist Julie Joyce about the origins of this notable group and how about they get folks hooked onto watercolor.


Paradise Paint Out Gala


Join us as we attend the Paradise Paint Out Gala, held in the Florida Keys. With host artist Kathleen Denis, we take in works created during the second run of the Islamorada Paradise Paint Out.


The Florida Keys Community Concert Band


Join us as we visit Islamorada’s Founder’s Park for a concert that promises to take us “around the world in 60 minutes.” And the Florida Keys Community Concert Band has your passport!


Poet Rosalind Brackenbury


In this piece we visit the beautiful home of Poet Laureate Rosalind Brackenbury, where she discusses her life in Key West and reads us a poem from her latest book of poetry.

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