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Contact: Liz Young


Arts Council Connections Project on view at Our Place

runs through February 28th

FLORIDA KEYS — As well as being connected by the iconic Overseas Highway, the 125-mile-long Florida Keys island chain also is connected by a vibrant community of artists. From now through May 10, art lovers can view a travelling 24-foot mural featuring the work of close to 225 creative spirits during a series of exhibitions throughout the Keys. “The Connections Project: A Mosaic of the Keys” comprises nearly 250 individual canvases measuring 6 inches square that were provided to artists and arts-minded residents. Their resultant works — produced in mediums ranging from oils and watercolor to photography, mixed media and quilting — showcase subjects including birds and sea life, palms and waterfront scenes, abstract visions and local landmarks.

“The mural’s ‘road show’ tour from Key Largo to Key West celebrates the longstanding connections between the communities of the Keys,” said Elizabeth Young, executive director of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, which spearheaded the project. The project may be viewed currently at Our Place in Paradise, located at MM 88.7, 88711 Overseas Highway in Tavernier; daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Art lovers can make a $50 donation for one individual canvas or a $125 donation for three online at Each donor will receive a randomly selected, unique piece of the mosaic by mail with an artist statement sharing their inspiration. Proceeds from the Connections Project benefit local artists and arts organizations through arts council grants.

To participate in the Connections Project, or for more information: or 305-295-4369