KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Since John James Audubon’s 1832 visit to Key West to sketch indigenous birds, the island has offered inspiration for creative spirits. The tradition of artistry dating from Audubon continues Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29 and 30, when approximately 100 national and regional crafters display their wares at the 26th annual Key West Craft Show.
Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, the outdoor show takes place on lower Whitehead Street and Caroline Street in Key West’s picturesque Old Town. Artisan booths are to be set among historic attractions and museums including one honoring Audubon.
All craft offerings in the acclaimed juried show must be original and handmade by the artist. The colorful wares, many produced by repeat exhibitors, typically include stained glass, fabric, jewelry, pottery, woodcrafts, toys to entice young attendees and more.
Presented by the Key West Art Center, the oldest artists’ membership organization in the Florida Keys, the free-admission craft show draws as many as 25,000 attendees. It has earned repeated recognition from Sunshine Artist magazine as one of the top 200 shows in the United States.
Proceeds from the show help support the programs of the Key West Art Center and maintain the historic 301 Front St. building that houses its Old Town gallery.
Event information: www.keywestartcenter.com or call 305-294-1243
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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