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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Small World of Ronny Bailey - Love, Joy, and Peace in a Box

My friend and local folk artist Ronny Bailey dropped by my office on Monday to show me his latest creation - a kit to create your very own Key West Cigar Maker Cottage "Dream Home".  When I was little kid growing up in the 1950s many paint by numbers kits were sold with color-coded drawings whereby the home artist would paint between the lines to paint blue or whatever the color might be in appropriate spaces.  If you painted inside the lines and used the correct color, you would have your very own original copy of a manufactured piece of art. I did several. I wish I had saved at least one. But like almost everything from my youth, it got tossed.

Ronny's box promises to be more challenging and a lot more art worthy in my opinion.  Ronny describes the kit as:
Artist kit creates artwork 12.5"tall by 11.5" wide.Inside the kit you will find all you need to create your own unique work of art. Includes quality wood pieces, handcrafted window, door, attic vent, and mailbox, glue-no nails or screws required, paint 1 oz. each of white, black, red, blue and yellow, paint pallet and color mixing guide, 3 quality paint brushes,hanging hardware, wax paper to protect your work surface, easy instructions, and tips from the artist.
 Ronny opened the box with pride and gently removed the packing material from the door and window. He explained that local custom cabinet maker Hansen and Bringle fabricated the pieces made of poplar wood. The door and window were custom made using individual pieces of wood, just like the real thing, so that the finished cottage would look authentic.
The home artist gets to complete the cottage using the enclosed paints.  If you are a fan of Ronny's original pieces, you'll quickly see that none of his houses has any of the primary colors contained in the little bag. Come to think of it, most artists start out with similar primary colors to create a universe of totally different pieces of art. However, his completed prototype totally disproves what I just wrote.
Ronny created a prototype.  I wonder what you could create. You can give it a try. CLICK HERE
to see Ronny's Facebook Page where you can learn how to purchase the kit.
And remember to call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, or send me an email at if you want to buy a genuine cigar maker's cottage or any other home in Key West. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.


Anonymous said...

Where do we buy these kits? Cost? House is adorable.

Gary Thomas said...

Hit the CLICK HERE link above in the blog. That will take you to Ronny's site.


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I first read about Key West in a magazine called "After Dark" sometime in the mid 1970's. But it wasn't until March 1984 that I made my first visit to the island that would become my home. I had two weeks for a vacation and reserved a room at Colours Guesthouse (now Marrero's Guest House) for one week. I thought that if I didn't like Key West, I could always go back to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for the rest of my trip. But after a couple of days in Key West, that was no longer a consideration. But when I wanted to extend my stay for the extra week I found there was no room at the inn. The guesthouse owner did find me a room at LaTeDa, the infamous guesthouse/restaurant. That's a story I'll write another day. But those two weeks in Key West gave me the realization that I had found Paradise. Key West has been my home since 1993 and my only regret is that it took me so long to get here. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties CRI. Let me help you find your new home or business in Paradise. Living in Paradise is not a slogan, it's a way of life.