This past week in Key West was one of the most successful and enjoyable art shows of the year.
Laurie Bjorklund, a long-time resident of Key West, returned from her home in Panama with the most incredible collection of Central American artisan crafts. Most notable were the Panamanian baskets (pictured), woven by natives of the Darien Region, of the finest quality. These were one-of-a-kind, museum quality baskets, each created by master basket artisans - some taking 6 months to weave. Each are so tightly woven that they'll actually hold water!
The art show was held at the Gardens Hotel in Old Town Key West and was hosted by Dawn Wilkins of Helio Graphics, an accomplished local artist. Wilkins' artwork focuses on botanical prints and tropical fabric and beautifully study the vegetation and wildlife of the islands.
At the show were many Key West residents who fondly remember Bjorklund and her store Native Material, then located next to the Green Parrot, which offered a wonderful collection of Central and South American crafts.
The show was a huge success and a wonderful event to attend - a true Key West happening. Most of the baskets were quickly purchased by the large number of guests, each in awe of the skill and beauty of the work. No doubt, these were incredible pieces of art - each worthy of placement in fine museums.
Laurie Bjorklund plans to do another show in 2008 - so stay tuned.
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