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Tennessee Williams Paintings

Citizen of World III, by Tennessee Williams (1970s), oil on canvas board. On loan from David Wolkowsky. The young man depicted in this painting is symbolic of Williams’ acceptance bout becoming a target due to his sexuality.

INTIMATE PAINTINGS BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES WITH RARE MUSEUM SHOWING.

Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter

At the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in Miami Beach Final Month – on view now through October 7th.

From the Collection of David Wolkowsky, Scion of Pioneer Jewish Family that Settled Key West in the 1800’s.

Long known as “Mr. Key West,” David Wolkowsky, the famed scion of Florida’s pioneer Jewish family that helped to settle Key West in the 1800s, has loaned his paintings by close friend Tennessee Williams to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU their premiere in Miami Beach.

This is one of the few times they have been exhibited outside of Key West. The exhibition Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter is an intimate showing of nine exquisitely rare paintings by one of America’s greatest playwrights, created Williams in Key West during the 1970s. One of his closest friends was David Wolkowsky, the Key West developer who owned a private island called Ballast Key (nine miles from Key West), and the Pier House Resort.

Both idyllic locations were the scene of many glamorous gatherings hosted by David and Tennessee, including parties for Hollywood luminaries, heads of state, and society’s crème-de-la-crème.

If these paintings could talk, oh the stories they’d tell…

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The Blaze of the Moment, by Tennessee Williams (1970s), oil on canvas. On loan from David Wolkowsky.

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Clockwise: Tennessee Williams in Key West, David Wolkowsky, and Williams painting in Key West.

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Subject matter includes the writer’s famous cohorts during the 1970s in Key West (including a portrait of a very young Michael York), and personifications from Williams’ own poetry, short stories, and characters from his plays.

Billie Holiday songs played in the background while Williams captured different images on his canvas.

Some of the paintings by Williams feature gay themes. An “open secret” throughout his fabled career, the playwright struggled with societal prejudices from a young age, and the taboos surrounding homosexuality during his lifetime manifested in a number of Williams’ paintings.

His artwork remains widely popular among collectors, most of these sought-after paintings from the last years of his life are in private hands and rarely seen.

These precious gems are the pride of the Key West Art & Historical Society, and the Miami Beach exhibition (on view through October 7 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU) is an uncommon opportunity to see in person how Williams expressed through painting his feelings about sexuality, loneliness and being gay.

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The Tidings Brought Mary at Far Rockaway, by Tennessee Williams (1975), oil on canvas. On loan from David Wolkowsky.

Most of these sought-after paintings from the last years of his life are in private hands and rarely seen.

KEY WEST LOBSTERFEST

Key West Lobsterfest to Feature Luscious Local Seafood Aug. 9-12

Seafood lovers can chow down on Florida’s clawless lobster during the annual Key West Lobsterfest Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-12, featuring temptations ranging from a lobster boil to a lively street fair starring the tasty crustacean.

Now in its 22nd year, the festival celebrates the bounty of the Florida Keys lobster season that opens Aug. 6.

Famous for its sweet and tender meat, the Keys’ spiny lobster often is served steamed with drawn butter, paired with a seasoned stuffing or in innovative dishes conceived by local chefs.

Festival events are to kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, when lobster aficionados can gather for a traditional lobster boil at The Roof, 201 William St. at the Waterfront Brewery. As well as lobster, plates are to be piled high with shrimp, andouille sausage, crawfish, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Other attractions include live entertainment and libation specials. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Friday’s schedule features a “Reef & Ritas” catamaran sail and snorkel trip beginning at 1 p.m., plus a lively nighttime Duval Crawl with stops at establishments in Key West’s popular downtown and harbor areas.

The festival’s anticipated highlight is the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair in the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval Street. From noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, seafood fans can sample local chefs’ and restaurants’ lobster specialties from tempting appetizers to full dinners. Offerings feature fresh crustaceans caught by Florida Keys fishermen.

A free outdoor concert is slated for 1-10:30 p.m. with Alphonse, Cool Breeze and The DurtBags performing from a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets.

Other street fair attractions include art, crafts and merchandise from a wide variety of vendors.

Lobsterfest is to end Sunday, Aug. 12, with a lobster brunch buffet at First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery, 301 Whitehead St. Reservations are suggested.

Event, reservation and ticketing information: keywestlobsterfest.com

Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY

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