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Old Island Days Art Festival to Showcase Creativity Feb. 24-25

KEY WEST, Florida — An avenue in Key West’s historic Old Town is to become an open-air gallery for art lovers seeking creative offerings and warm weather during the 53rd annual Old Island Days Art Festival.

Set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25, the juried show is to feature approximately 100 fine artists from across the United States and Canada showcasing their wares in typically balmy Key West.

The nationally recognized event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is free.

Participating artists display work including watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings, decorative sculpture, mixed-media offerings, collage, photography and more. Artistry is executed in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary to tropical.

Show attendees also can view and purchase handcrafted jewelry and fine craft items in clay, glass or wood.

Exhibitors’ colorful booths are to stretch along lower Whitehead Street alongside 19th-century homes and museums, as well as on Caroline Street within the gracious enclave of Truman Annex.

The festival is presented by the Key West Art Center, a not-for-profit community art organization. Proceeds help support the center’s programs and maintain the historic 301 Front St. building that houses its gallery.

Event information: keywestartcenter.com or 305-294-1243

Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY

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