by Shayne Benowitz
Pigeon Key, approximately 45 miles north of Key West is a 5 acre island just west of the Seven Mile Bridge. At this point on the Overseas Highway, you can see the remains of the Henry Flagler railroad running parallel. It’s one of the most beautiful sights on the 150 mile stretch of road connecting the Florida Keys to the mainland.
The 17th Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival was held February 11-13 on this tiny plot of tropical paradise, and the Swankey Girls were there in full force. This was one of Lead Planner Meredith’s first events with us.
The juried show featured 90 artists representing various mediums including sculpture, oil/acrylic, watercolor, photography, jewelry, glass, pottery, and graphic design. We even celebrated the art of food with a sushi rolling class conducted by our friend Trip.
Friday night we hosted a reception for VIPs and artists catered by everyone’s favorite Cuban restaurant El Siboney. Although it was a little chilly on Saturday, we still had a great turn out, and Sunday was absolutely spectacular. In addition to the amazing art on display, the weekend was filled with live music, great drinks, and delicious food. There was even a Kid’s Corner with face painting and games. Fun for the whole family!
There was so much great art to enjoy over the weekend. Some of Meredith’s favorites include local artist Alicia Renner’s photography and Kelly Lever and Adam Russell’s pottery. All in all it was a very Swankey event!
Shayne Benowitz is a freelance writer and social media consultant. For more information, check out her Wanderlust Blog & Website.