Saturday, June 21, 2008

From a Woman's Hand show

In May -- for Mother's Day -- we hosted a juried show of women's art to benefit WomanKind Health Care Center here in Key West. Fifty women artists from the keys were selected in six categories of fine crafts and art. Norman Aberle, curator of the Custom House Museum judged the entries for prizes and Leslie Kanter and Judi Bradford, two of the gallery's five partners, collaborated on creating hand made awards.

The champagne and chocolate reception was packed and joyful. The artwork looked great -- a tribute to the talent in the keys and the sales allowed us to present a generous check to WomanKind to help their gentle and caring approach to women's health.

Gary Zimmerman and Steve Allerton played acoustic music by the porch and by the end of the evening they had drawn a crowd of spectators and more of their musician friends, including Cindy on stand-up bass, Bounce the Clown on musical saw and Mademoiselle Oo La La on squeezebox. They donated their tips to WomanKind.

Dian Marshall set up inside the gallery doing wonderful lyrical caricatures, donating all of her earnings to WomenKind.