KEY WEST, Florida Keys - A creative arts-and-philanthropy partnership has inspired an eclectic "pop up" gallery that is enticing art lovers to the heart of Key West's Duval Street.
Located in the former Fast Buck Freddie's emporium at the corner of Duval and Fleming streets, the cooperative gallery features a visually rich blend of oils, watercolors, sculpture, mixed media, fine art photography and more.
Within the large high-ceilinged space are displays of artistry from Key West's well-known Gallery on Greene, Harrison Gallery, Joy Gallery and Lucky Street Gallery as well as individual artists Eric Anfinson, Carlos Cuba, Martha DePoo, Alan Kennish and Sherry Tewell.
The gallery was the brainchild of longtime arts advocate and philanthropist Tony Falcone, founder of Fast Buck Freddie's boutique department store. A Key West landmark for more than 35 years, the store was lauded for strikingly designed - and often subtly humorous - window displays that rivaled those of upscale New York and Chicago department stores.
When Falcone closed the store earlier this year, he made the space available to Florida Keys art galleries and artists for a group showcase until he selects a long-term tenant for the building.
To complement the interior displays, selected paintings and sculptures grace the building's broad storefront windows, creating a panorama of local artistry for passersby in one of downtown Key West's most high-profile areas.
As well as the ongoing displays, a series of demonstrations is scheduled featuring the gallery's resident artists and other members of the Keys' creative community.
Fast Buck Freddie's Pop Up Art Gallery, located at 500 Duval St., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8-11 p.m.
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