On the distinguished upper end of Duval Street, amidst the tropical foliage and quaint historical buildings, is Key West's oldest and most respected private art gallery. Steeped in tradition and local color, Gingerbread Square Gallery exhibits a variety of original paintings, limited edition prints, sculpture and art glass by both local and internationally acclaimed artists.
Located inside a charming Victorian building with clapboard siding, shutters and overlooking a lovely courtyard, Gingerbread Square Gallery recalls the genteel Key West of yesteryear. The surrounding neighborhood is unspoiled and uncommercial, a melange of coffee shops, unique boutiques, upscale restaurants, and quirky island homes.
Gingerbread Square Gallery stands as an eloquent tribute to it's own colorful history. It is the island's oldest gallery, founded in 1974 by Key West's former beloved mayor Richard Heyman. Having exhibited the works of such greats as Van Eno, Tennessee Williams and Henry Faulkner, it continues to impress art aficionados with a selection that rivals the caliber and diversity of a major metropolitan gallery.
The gallery currently represents a number of artists whose styles reflect the island's tropical and multicultural flavors. Among these is Key West's native son and favorite artist Sal Salinero. His lush rainforest paintings, detailed depictions of a verdant paradise, have been internationally recognized and his work is found in some of the loveliest homes on the island.
Also showcased are the works of John Kiraly, celebrated nationwide, whose fantastical paintings suggest a world where imagination and purity of spirit reign supreme. Represented by Gingerbread Square Gallery since 1974, Kiraly is held in high regard for his magical works.
Painters Michael Palmer, Carol Sadowski, Pam Folsom, Nyla Witmore, Jane Wahsburn, Michele Byrne, David Ruhe and Robert Johnson are other local favorites who have shaped the development of art in Key West with their unique and inimitable style. Images of historic architecture, native flora and fauna and charming characters tell a story of island life.
Exquisite art glass in vibrant colors reflects and bends light in the sunny gallery. The clean contemporary lines of Toland Sand, George Bucquet, and Tom Rupnicki contrast with the more undulating styles of glassblowers James Nowak and Dan and Joi LaChaussée. Other glass artists such as Ed Branson are represented as well in a sparkling myriad of styles and colors.
Carla Kappa and Jeff Margolin's unique porcelain sculptures and Thivô's fascinating sculptural nerikomi ceramic pieces add a further dimension to the experience of visiting this oasis of art.
From tiny treasures to rare and significant works, Gingerbread Square Gallery is the center of artistic activity in Key West. We invite you to stop in and absorb the history, the culture and the style of Gingerbread Square Gallery. Open daily and located at 1207 Duval Street, Key West Florida. (305) 296-8900.
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