Happy Hour with the Historian - Collecting Key West: The Sketches of Mario Sanchez

When: October 19, 2023 5:00 PM

Where: Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040

Discover the Art and History of Key West with Mario Sanchez's Sketches

Welcome to Key West, where history and art come together in a mesmerizing blend that transports you to the bygone era of Old Key West. At Keywesttourist.com, we are thrilled to introduce you to an exclusive event that will immerse you in the captivating world of Mario Sanchez, a celebrated Cuban-American folk artist whose legacy continues to thrive. Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST at the Fort East Martello Museum, located at 3501 S Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040, for an unforgettable "Happy Hour with the Historian - Collecting Key West: The Sketches of Mario Sanchez."

A Glimpse into History

In 1961, the Key West Art & Historical Society made history itself by presenting the very first public showing of Mario Sanchez's remarkable artwork at the Fort East Martello Museum. Today, we carry forward this tradition, committed to sharing the artistic brilliance of this Cuban-American treasure with the world.

Mario Sanchez's Brown Paper Bag Sketches

During this special event, we invite you to dive deep into Mario Sanchez's artistic process. Sanchez was not just a woodcarver; he was a master storyteller who used his craft to paint vivid scenes of Old Key West. What sets this talk apart is its focus on Sanchez's sketches, often created on humble brown paper bags.

These sketches served as the canvas for his creative mind, guiding the layout of his renowned bas-relief woodcarvings. Much like sculptors use maquettes to experiment with forms and ideas, Sanchez used these sketches to visualize his intricate woodcarvings. Through this unique process, you will gain a profound insight into how art and history converged in his work.

A Legacy Preserved

But that's not all; this event is made even more special by the recent donation of over 70 sketches by David Wolkowsky at the time of his passing. These sketches form the cornerstone of our talk, providing a fresh perspective on Mario Sanchez's artistic journey and offering a glimpse into the heart of Old Key West.

As you sip on your favorite drink during this "Happy Hour with the Historian," let the sketches of Mario Sanchez transport you to a time when Key West was a tapestry of stories waiting to be told. Join us as we celebrate the artistry and history that define this unique island community.

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to connect with Key West's rich heritage and the artistic genius of Mario Sanchez. Mark your calendars and join us at the Fort East Martello Museum on October 19, 2023. Experience the past come alive in the sketches of Mario Sanchez.