Call to poets, painters for TWKWE Challenge


In the continuing celebration of the 103rd anniversary of the birth of Tennessee Williams, organizers of the sponsoring Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit (TWKW), have issued a call to poets and painters for their second Poetry Contest and Artists’ Challenge. Registration forms for both competitions are available at or at TWKW, 513 Truman Ave., just off Duval St.

This year’s contests are in honor of the Key West filming of Williams’ play, “The Rose Tattoo,” which was filmed in Key West, and its premier at the local San Carlos Institute in 1955.

In cooperation with the Key West Art and Historical Society at the Custom House, TWKW invites poets to submit a poem of up to 30 lines related to any aspect of this historic film and its premiere. A completed registration form, a fee of $20 and the poem must be submitted by March 17 by standard mail to TWKW Exhibit at the address above. Three respected local poets will serve as judges and Dr. Cori Convertito, KWAHS Curator, will serve as contest coordinator.

In the Artists’ Challenge, again coordinated by internationally acclaimed local artist William Welch, entrants are invited to do a painting of the famous San Carlos Institute at 516 Duval St., site of the world premiere of “The Rose Tattoo.” The name of the film must be incorporated in the painting in some creative manner. Following Williams’ pattern of completing a painting in just a few hours, the artists will begin painting on March 22 at 9 a.m. and complete their work by 12 noon. A 12″ x 16″ hard canvas or paper will be provided upon arrival at the San Carlos and collected at noon. Any medium will be accepted and artists must supply their own materials.

The completed registration form and $20 fee must be received by March 19. Welch will coordinate the Artists’ Challenge and will join three other arts community leaders in serving as judges.

The first place winner in each competition will be awarded $250; the second place winner $125. Winners will be announced at a gala March 26 reception — Williams’ actual birthday — being held at the Exhibit at 513 Truman at 6 p.m. Poetry winners will be asked to read their winning poems and all paintings will be exhibited, with the winners designated.

In the continued Monday evening screenings of movies adapted from famous Tennessee Williams plays at the Tropic Cinema on Eaton St., March 10 brings “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” March 17 “A Streetcar Named Desire” and March 24 “The Night of the Iguana.” All screenings begin at 6 p.m. and those planning to attend are urged to get their tickets in advance; “The Rose Tattoo” on March 3 was sold out more than a day ahead of its reception and showing. Films are hosted by Craig Wanous and Dennis Beaver.

For additional information, phone the Exhibit at (305) 842-1666.




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