Gallery On Greene
606 Greene Street
Key West, FL 33040
Lauren McAloon Key West Artist
Lauren McAloon starts working in her studio most mornings a little after 6:30. She’d probably get there earlier, but she can’t get a con leche – large, no sugar – from Five Brothers before then.
Her studio is on the second floor of the old armory building on White Street – the yellow, turn-of-the-last-century building with the turrets and the long skinny windows. It’s 300 square feet of space with a small number of work tables, a set of wooden shelves that reach like rickety skyscrapers towards the 16-foot ceilings and one not-particularly-stable chair.
It’s a proper, busy artist’s space, stuffed with spools of wire, wooden hoops, pipe organ pedals, royal palm fronds, washed up pieces of coral, iron bed frames, ladders, colored glass balls, tree stumps, cigar boxes, barbed wire, string, fan chain pulls, scrap wood, a small army of foot-high hardwood posing as manikins, and a lone pink ballet slipper, still in its wrapping. What doesn’t fit on a shelf or table gets hung on the wall.