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Press Release
Contact: Liz Young

The Gato Building is filled with Monroe County students art

trombone chair

Trombone Chair & Little Angel by
Jimmy Wray & HS2 Students

coming and going

Coming & Going by Jimmy Wray & HS2 Students

Acrylic by Erica Jewell

Untitled Acrilyc by Erica Jewell, KHWS Student

If you missed the wonderfully interactive Musical Chairs while they were on display at Sculpture Key West 2010, come by the 2nd floor of the Gato Building to discover them! The chairs were created in 2009 by teaching artist, Jimmy Wray and the inspired students of Home School High School (HS2), giving old musical instruments and chimes a new life.

The Trumpet Bench, Conversational Rocker, Trombone Chair and Little Angels are part of a series that was first initiated in 2007. At the time, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts awarded an Artist in Schools grant to Artist Cindy Wynn in collaboration with Jimmy Wray and students at HOB Middle School. Together, they designed the Bicycle Bench cleverly made of old bicycle parts. The piece is also currently on display in the courtyard of the Gato Building located at 1100 Simonton Street in Key West.

Student Artwork such as an acrylic painting by Erica Jewell, a senior in the Key West High School Visual Art program is exhibited on the first floor of the building. The student artists, taught by KWHS faculty member Shannon Perkins, included in the exhibit "Point of View" are George Carter, Andrew Diaz, Jasmine Eva, Jasmine Jones, Matt Kackowski, Bennett Pollard and KJ Florez.

The work will be on display through October 15th. The Old Cigar Factory is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information may be obtained through the Florida Keys Council of the Arts (305) 295-4369.