Monday, February 17, 2014

The Connections Project II- A Mosaic of the Keys.


Here is the "call to artists" that went out from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts late last year.  400 canvases, each 6"x 6" were distributed to artists and art lovers throughout Monroe County


The Florida Keys council of the Arts would like to invite everyone in the community to participate in The Connections Project II- A Mosaic of the Keys.

We will provide one 6 x 6 inch blank canvas for you to create a piece of artwork. People of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to participate. After all individual works are collected; almost 400 canvases will be assembled and exhibited as one project; featuring the talents, diversity and uniqueness of the artists and citizens of the Florida Keys. Then we will take our show on the road county-wide! With the support of our business partner, Royal Furniture, we invite you to join us at seven receptions.

We invite YOU to CONNECT!
Create a canvas.
Attend an opening reception.
mosaic projectConnect and collect: make a $40 donation at a reception or online to receive a randomly selected completed canvas in the mail!
Proceeds directly benefit artists and arts organizations in the Keys through our grant programs.
The canvases will be numbered at random and you will not be able to choose which artwork you receive. Each work will be accompanied by an artist’s statement that will provide insight into the origin of the work and the artist’s thoughts and inspiration.

To facilitate this process I gave a workshop at The Key West Art Center on 12/14/2013 for 26 artists.
FKCA provided the canvases, The Key West Art Center and I provided the paints and brushes, and the artists provided their enthusiasm.  I was assisted by Sue D'Antonio, FKAC board member and mixed media artist.

The group didn't mind the tight space and the sharing of paints.

Here is satisfied artist, Gary Young.

Everyone was having so much fun they were updating their Facebook status and posting their paintings.

Some of the artists had photos on their phones they referenced.

I brought in some of my rooster photos.

Last Light
6 x 6" acrylic on canvas
For the Keys Connections Project II
©Maggie Ruley 2013

Schedule of the receptions

Opening Receptions throughout the Keys:
Join US! 5:30 – 7:30 pm - Refreshments will be served.
Key Largo - January 22nd – Royal Furniture
Key Largo - January 28th – Murray Nelson Cultural Center
Islamorada - February 20th –Islamorada Library Community Room
Marathon - February 27th - Royal Furniture
Big Pine Key - March 14th – Artists in Paradise Gallery
Key West - (new town) March 24th - Royal Furniture
Key West - (old town) April 4th - Gato Building
To make a donation for the Mosaic Project Click Here
The Monroe Council of the Arts Corporation dba Florida Keys Council of the Arts is an IRC 501(c )(3) organization and your contribution is tax deductible.
You will receive a randomly selected canvas from our project. We hope that you will consider joining the Arts Council if not already a member. Memberships and contributions support our programs and grants for all the ARTS in Monroe County.

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