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FRANGIPANI GALLERY
An art gallery in the heart of the Key West Art District on Upper Duval, featuring the fine art of Fran Decker & friends!

1102 A&B Duval Street, Key West, FL  33040
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SHARON WELLS

 
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Sharon Wells' interest in visual arts began in 1965 with the gift of an Instamatic camera. From that time on, she held a camera as a visual artist. Largely self-taught in painting and photography, Wells has extensively documented Key West for over 40 years. Her love of travel and museums has provided venues for Wells’ capturing her personal "decisive moments" in visits to Europe, South America, Hawaii and Mexico. She counts her primary artistic influences as photographers Manuel Bravo, Helen Levitt and Walker Evans and painters/colorists Milton Avery, Miro and Helen Frankenthaler.

In 2002 Wells opened KW Light Gallery to exhibit her artwork— photography, paintings and fine art prints.  Wells took up painting in the 1990's and her acrylic paintings of Key West Houses provided the cover art for 12 years to her annual visitors’ guide publication, Walking & Biking Guide to Historic Key West. These paintings are available as signed, prints on canvas and fine art papers.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Wells, a military brat, was educated in California, Illinois, Tokyo, and Honolulu.  Sharon studied history, art and photography at the University of Florida, graduating with degrees in history and political science. She moved to Key West in May, 1976, and began a 40-year career in historic preservation and art. Today, Wells’ diverse interests include Historic House Histories, known as Gingerbread Biographies, which  provide documentation and art montages for individual historic home owners. 

In 2018 her Key West Walking & Biking Guide will be published in a series of books that detail 15 walking tours and historic photos.

In 1979-1982 Wells wrote "Portraits: Wooden Houses of Key West" and "Forgotten Legacy: Blacks In Nineteenth Century Key West", two books that documented the architectural and social history of her adopted city.

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