Gallery on Greene reveals ‘Island Magic’


To those who answer its call, Key West is more than warm weather and cold drinks. It’s bizarre and beautiful; exhilarating and exasperating, mysterious and magical.

The Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St., will explore that mystery and magic during a group exhibition entitled “Island Magic,” opening at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, with an artists’ reception at the gallery, 606 Greene St.

Four accomplished Key West artists – William Bradley Thompson, Priscilla Coote, Michael Harrell and John Buzogany – have spent decades capturing the colors of a Key West sunset, the brilliance of its blue water and the intricacies of its inhabitants.

“Island Magic” features Harrell’s realistic perceptions of life on the coast, where viewers can all but hear the groan of shrimp boats straining against mooring lines.

Thompson offers vivid scenes from his childhood using bold slashes of brilliant color, while Coote expertly marries “the shadows of old wood with the neon electricity of sunlit water,” an art critic wrote while heralding Coote’s success as a tonalist.

Finally, goldsmith and jewelry designer Buzogany will introduce the intricacies of the island’s most iconic natural inhabitants, from pelicans and palm trees to roosters and manta rays, all crafted of gold and silver and adorned with pearls, carved bone and other precious stones.

“Island Magic” will demonstrate the varied inspirations that four artists receive from one island – a tiny speck of limestone in the middle of the ocean.

“Island Magic” opens with an artists’ reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at The Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St. For information, visit or call 305-294-1996.


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