CEDAR KEY – If you like gallery exhibits, street art, festivals and gift shops full of work from local artists, Cedar Key is the place for you in January and throughout the year.
The Cedar Key Arts Center is at the heart of promoting and encouraging the arts in the community. CKAC was founded in 1994 by Catherine Graham Christie, a noted Cedar Key artist. She generously donated the building and property on Cedar Key’s historic 2nd Street.
The building houses the Cedar Keyhole Artists Cooperative on the main floor and the CKAC Arts Center Show Gallery and Member Artists’ Gallery upstairs. There is also an art studio upstairs that offers educational workshops throughout the year.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming show, “Island Life,” in the CKAC Main Gallery opening Saturday, January 7, 2023 and running through February 12, 2023. The public is welcome at the opening reception that evening from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is an open show, meaning any artist can submit up to three pieces that reflect their interpretation of island life.
Prizes, funded by entry fees, will be awarded at the opening reception. About 40 pieces have been submitted so far. Deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 3, 2023, noon. If interested, bring no more than three entries ($5 per entry) to the CKAC, 457 Second St., Cedar Key, and remember the theme, Island Life!
After viewing the “Island Life” display in the Main Gallery, step into the Members’ Gallery to see the exceptional photography of Gary Kuhl. Photographs are so wonderful that they can be mistaken for paintings.
If you’ve visited Cedar Key before, you’ve probably noticed the many building murals that add to the town’s charm. Many were painted by local artist, Travis Parks. There’s a new one to check out that mirrors the many hidden scenic hideaways on the backwaters. It is on the side of the NAPA store in town. It also ties in with the CKAC’s open show theme.
The pinnacle of the Cedar Key arts scene is the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA), founded in 1964 and formerly known as the Cedar Key Sidewalk Arts Festival. The OFCA returned to a juried format for fine art shows in 2006. Over the past 15 years, the festival’s reputation has grown, and it is now recognized as one of the top Small Town Art Fairs in the country.
The festival annually welcomes 100 high-quality performers and approximately 15 to 18,000 visitors to this friendly island community in the heart of Florida’s natural coastline. This free event benefits the Cedar Key Arts Center, the coordinating sponsor, in addition to local nonprofits and Cedar Key School groups.
The 2023 OFCA will be held on 1 April (10:00 – 17:00) and 2 April 2023 (10:00 – 16:00). In addition to the outstanding art, enjoy local seafood, pastries, music and children’s activities in City Park.
So, come check out some or all of the art activities going on and coming up around town! The galleries are open daily from 10am – 5pm at 457 Second St. Questions, contact [email protected] and visit the website at www.CedarKey ArtsCenter.org.