The often-photographed Honeymoon Cottage, a beloved Gulf of Mexico landmark, is featured in a colorful engraved wood painting by Florida artist Tony Krysinsky that will be the symbol of the 2014 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key.
The piece, carved in wood and painted, depicts a late 1950s romanticized version of the fisher shack on stilts, standing tall and bright pink with a TV antennae on the roof, the hint of a Russian satellite in the night sky, leaping dolphins and a forward-sweeping boat.
The work will be used on posters, post cards and T-shirts. It was chosen from 24 entries.
The Honeymoon Cottage, originally known as the Thomas Guest House, was built in 1958 as a get-away for the Thomas Family of Gainesville. Time and Mother Nature have taken their toll on the iconic structure, which sits in the Gulf just off 1st Street in Cedar Key.
Perched precariously upon stilts just a few yards from shore, it has become an icon for the tiny fishing hamlet of Cedar Key and the thousands of visitors who come each year.
Krysinsky, who works as a full-time artist, has been coming and showing his work in Cedar Key for years. His colorful, energetic art often contains “tribal, aboriginal or primitive” elements of design.
The 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key is planned for April 12-13, 2014, along historic 2nd Street. The Old Florida celebration of the arts features award-winning artists in a family-friendly setting, with paintings, jewelry, crafts, ceramics, sculptures, textiles, photography and more.