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Contact: Liz Young


Florida Keys Council of the Arts: Connections Project Opening at Royal Furniture in Marathon March 2

The Florida Keys are acclaimed for their large population of visual artists, but art lovers generally can’t see works by several hundred of them at one time. Except, that is, when viewing “The Connections Project 2023: Celebrating our Unique History,” a 24-foot-long mural that’s touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between community members and local cultural initiatives.

The canvases portray elements from the island chain’s richly diverse environment, visually connecting viewers to the region’s natural world as well as to its artistic culture. “We have three-dimensional pieces, painted pieces, photography pieces, mixed media and all share the beauty of the Keys,” said Elizabeth Young of the individual canvases. “It’s a great example of arts and community awareness — connecting the Keys to a vibrant arts and culture community and to our audiences up and down the Keys.”

At each new stop during the mural’s Keys-wide tour, visiting and resident art lovers can enjoy a free opening reception. Receptions are scheduled 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Open to the public – please join us on Thursday, March 2 at the Royal Furniture showroom in Marathon, 6001 Overseas highway (oceanside). Refreshments served, compliments of the Elwell Family, who have graciously sponsored the Connections project for 11 years.

After viewing the Connections Project, art lovers can make a permanent connection by adding pieces of it to their collection. Patrons can make a $60 donation for one canvas or a $160 donation for three at any reception or online at www. Once the road show has ended, donors will receive randomly selected canvases by mail. Each piece is to include an artist statement providing insight into the work and the artist’s inspiration. Proceeds from the Connections Project benefit Keys artists and arts organizations through arts council grants including the new “Art Builds Community” program focused on cultural equity.

For more information call the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at 305.295.4369 or visit