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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.

Scott Gerke

I’d say the encouragement for self-expression and participation makes you feel welcomed and loved, and that’s what we’re all about. Hundreds of people come to celebrate and never do you get any bad vibes. Everyone is just cool and friendly; it’s amazing to witness. Read more>>

Amanda Johnson

I began painting around town and immersing myself in the local art scene when I heard of a retail space opening up. In 2012 I opened up my studio gallery in old town, Amanda Johnson Gallery where I continue to paint tropical impressionist oil paintings and decorative fine art paintings that capture the brilliance of color and light the Keys are known for. Read more>>

Kelly Lever and Adam Russell

Adam and I are life long artist that found a relationship between each other and discovered ceramics as a way for us to collaborate. This medium lent itself well to us, especially because we were learning it together. We originally come to Key West through an Artist Residency program in 2009 and very quickly fell in love with the island lifestyle. Read more>>

Katlin Spain

Tropical environments had impacted my work to the point of no return. I decided it was best to give my paintings what they craved and relocated to my current home of Key West. I’ve found the bright and eclectic town to be the new color palette for a fresh body of large-scale paintings and textile work. Read more>>

Jasmine Jones

The colors that occur naturally in the Florida Keys have been my main inspiration for painting. Whether it’s in the ocean or in the sky, the way the colors seamlessly blend and combine to create infinite and unique combinations is my favorite part of living in paradise. Read more>>

Jeane LaRance

I was fascinated with pictures. Then my brother gave me my first camera when I was nine or ten years of age, and my entire life changed I don’t remember much about the camera it was the pictures I couldn’t get enough of and I have not been without a camera since. In college, I studied the history of photography with much interest. Read more>>

Kristen Norman

What I hope people take away from my art is a sense of curiosity. I hope people contemplate their own actions in the world and what the piece means to them. I am inspired by current events, and my work is a reflection of what is happening in our world. Read more>>


After moving back to Miami. I went back to dancing, I was still writing music, and I started going to school for massage therapy. A month or 2 later my cousin and my grandfather 6 hrs behind each other which only made my depression worse. After a while, I started dancing less and writing music more because as I was dancing with the dance team. Read more>>

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>>

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