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Islamorada hosts its free monthly Third Thursday arts Walkabout tonight, Thursday, March 21, from 6 - 9 p.m. along the Old Highway near mile marker 81.5 oceanside. Artists, writers, musicians, restaurants and galleries will light up the night with arts, music and food.
Among the artists featured this evening is Carmen Sotolongo-Kelly of Key Largo, who will display her colorful, lively paintings. The Morada Way Gallery next door to the Redbone Gallery on Morada Way is displaying the three-panel Keys Connections Project, which are 315 six-by-six-inch canvases embellished by amateur and professional artists from throughout the Florida Keys, from Key West to Ocean Reef. An opportunity to buy a canvas for $30 in a "blind" purchase format (the buyer doesn't get to pick which one) is available and supports the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, which organized the project.
Gallery Morada at 81611 Old Highway Oceanside, in the heart of the arts district, also is open for inspirational visits this evening, along with Bluewater Potters, Pasta Pantaleo's Gallery and numerous street vendors.
Brad Bertelli and Jill Zima Borski will be in the arts district selling and signing their nonfiction books. Bertelli and Jerry Wilkinson's Key Largo book and Bertelli's Florida Keys snorkeling books cost $20, while Borski's humorous, adventurous and touching memoir, Know that I have Lived, is $10.
The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Florida Corporation, whose mission, in part, is to increase awareness, knowledge and support of the arts and the unique culture of the upper Florida Keys. It recently created Morada Way U (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Morada-Way-U/354349917997390?ref=ts&fref=ts) which features classes taught by professionals in writing, painting, sculpting, wood, fabric and stitching, culinary arts and more. To learn more, visit http://www.moradawayarts.org/Morada_Way_Arts/Welcome.html