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Thought-Provokers: Keys

Miami has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Keys that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Ennid Berger

I have studios on Key West and on Long Island. I work both as a painter and a photographer, and I am very interested in the intersection between the two mediums. My creative and imaginative work reflects my commitment to meditation as part of the artistic process. Read more>>

Jennifer Lashbrook

I try all of them, all I wanted to do was sit at my new drawing easel. My parents encouraged my dream and enrolled my in painting classes at age 10 and it was all over. I was an oil painter in college at North Texas. I would make numerous trips to the hardware store. As I was walking towards lumber, the paint section would always grab my attention. The purposeful organization of color was intriguing to me. When challenged in my Hybrid Forms class to create something besides a painting, I of course started with paint swatches. Read more>>

Daria Danatelli

I’ve been singing for all of my life, and live performances are making me feel me myself, as well as the studio working. I am a real workaholic and a real perfectionist, to be honest. I entered the synthwave scene in 2016, and I am happy now to have so many like-minded friends among musicians from all over the world, some of them became my really close friends and “partners in crime.” Read more>>

Laura-Lee Lehmann

I’m a travel blogger and YouTuber on Before moving to Barcelona, Spain in 2012, I studied Tourism and Event Management in Hamburg, Germany. Since 2016, I’m self-employed following my heart and working on great projects with clients and on my blog, of course. I traveled to Florida in September 2018 and fell in love with Miami and The Keys. My blog is about traveling, the digital nomad lifestyle and inspiring travel photos and videos. I believe the exchange with other cultures can change your world. That’s why I share my travel experiences and give my readers the tips they need to leave their comfort zone, to travel and to live in other places. Read more>>

Emily Bienek

Coming into the wedding industry from such a non-standard angle meant having a rough time starting out. However, no amount of hardship could have made me give up the dream of working with awesome, in love people to put their love into visual form! Read more>>

Wendy Norton

I was fortunate to start showing my work very early on in my career. I’ve been painting professionally now for 10 years and sell my work in many galleries through the US. I am a self taught painter and am inspired by the French Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters. Read more>>

Kaydee Mulvehill

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to sit and listen to my mom tell a story. It could be about anything from the movie she and my Dad watched the night before to our family’s history. I hung on every word. I definitely think that had a lot to do with me diving into songwriting at a very early age. Read more>>

Abnel Hernandez

Growing up music, movies, comic books and video games all played a huge role in my life. I found that no matter what was going on around me, these mediums all allowed me to briefly enter another reality; they were a window into someone else’s thoughts and experiences. Read more>>

Lesha Porché

I began- like many – drawing and painting at a young age. But the intensity of my interest prompted my mother to enroll me in classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA at age 5; I won a scholarship to the Dayton Art Institute several years later. Read more>>

Anna Sweet

After 5 years of being carried in galleries across the country I decided to open my own flagship Gallery in Key West Florida in 2017. The gallery is just about a year old and I am continuing to grow my brand and my work by traveling and capturing new and exciting images to share with the world. Read more>>

Claudia Perpetuo

My relationship with photography started from the curiosity involving a camera and the possibility of using it as an extension of my own eyes, mind and soul. Read more>>

Julie Wischan

I’ve been writing lyrics since I was a little kid, there is something about the catharsis of creating something from nothing and having something to say. Read more>>

German Ruiz

I learned about typography, composition, and photography. I fell in love with the picture making aspect the most but I didn’t think it would be something that could be sustainable. Read more>>

Martin Tardy

I started to post my works on my instagram account with just 300 followers. The feedback was so positiv that it motivated me to have my first solo exhibition – it was a lot of work but it was a total success. Read more>>

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