The sport-fishing capital of the world blends a sparkling subtropical paradise with sophisticated cultural offerings at the second annual Islamorada Fine Art Expo. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27, at Morada Way between mile markers 81 and 82 in Islamorada.
Sponsored by Ocean Sotheby's International Realty, the event was conceived to appeal to visitors, patrons and art collectors. It presents a stimulating collaboration of nationally acclaimed artists while providing music and fine dining options both days of the event.
More than 70 nationally recognized artists are expected to participate, representing a variety of mixed media, ceramics, blown and fused glass, sculpture, woodworking and wearable art including elegant jewelry and fine silk clothing. (To see my 11-photo slide show from last year's expo, please click here: http://www.examiner.com/slideshow/islamorada-fine-art-expo-jan-21-22-2012).
A patron's cocktail party precedes the expo at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Ocean Sotheby's. There, patrons can meet the artists, preview selected pieces of each artist's work and learn the story behind them. Party tickets that include admission to the two-day show can be purchased by calling 305-664-9100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the expo can be purchased in advance or at the door. General admission tickets are $5 per adult, per day. There is no charge for children 12 and under, seniors age 65 and older, active military personnel or disabled persons in wheelchairs. Bicyclists who arrive on two wheels also receive free admission and free valet parking for bikes is available.
Remote parking for vehicles is to be available with complimentary shuttle to the expo.
The event is produced by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, a community-wide initiative to provide quality cultural programming in Islamorada and the Florida Keys.