CLICK HERE. Ronny grew up in Key West where he was a carpenter for 30 years. Recreation of Old Town Key West homes in miniature sizes is now his passion. He beams with pride as he talks about his work. This is a man in love with his life and his work. And his work is a testament to his love of the place that he has called home. He loves the Key West of yore. He recreates houses the way they looked before the gentrification and HARCifornication that has taken over so much of Old Town.
I suggested to Ronny that we drive over to the actual house to take some photos to compare his creation to the real house. He was up for it. So we drove over. He knocked on the owner's door and asked for permission to take some photos. Permission was granted.
Ronny creates always adds the words "peace'. "love", and "joy" to each of his works of art. Look carefully at the photos. You will see them. And you will probably see that these are words that guides this gentle man as he lives out his lifes' dream. His is a peaceful life filled with love and joy. This is not something I am writing. This is a testament to this man. I wish I could be so content. I took the last photo above with the piece of art sitting on a trash can in Julia Street. A neighbor was walking her dog down the this quiet little street.
Ronny told me he will be showing his work this coming weekend at the 49th Annual Old Island Days Art Festival that runs from Friday, February through Saturday evening. Free Admission. Exhibitors will set up along Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton Street and on Caroline Street through the famous Presidential Gates into the beautiful Truman Annex.
Make a point of looking for Ronny Bailey. His larger pieces are quite expensive as he works for months on those projects. He does have original artwork and reproductions that are priced for less.