We had the good fortune of connecting with Mally Weaver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mally, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
Good question. I came from a farm in the mountains of Pa. I loved horses, so my grandfather rescued a pony & he & my Dad put her in the back of an open pickup & bought her home. So my early life was giving riding lessons & drawing animals. This early business help train me in organizing & budgeting events. This turned into 32 head of horses & every weekend competing with all my students. I’m certified as an art teacher, a special Ed & early Ed. Teacher. My older sister was profoundly handicapped. When I moved to Fla. I worked in the special Ed field as did many of my relatives. I was showing my painting at the same time. I was offered a job running a gallery & decided to take it & learn the art business. I am now represented in 3 galleries in the keys. The Guild Hall Gallery, the Key West Art Center & Artists in Paradise in Big Pine Key..
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am Painter using water based mediums- watercolor & acrylics. I am excited about trying to capture the beauty I see in both nature & man made structures. I love the tropical colors in the keys. When I travel, I usually take watercolors & paint Plein Air. For the last 26 years, I have traveled with Tom Avery, my partner, who is also an artist. We enjoy exploring & painting together. I have had some wonderful interactions while painting. In Mexico, a youngster was fascinated with the paint, so I shared a piece of paper & my pallet & brushes & we painted together. These experiences can only happen when you leave the studio & go out into the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Tom & I have a 39’ sailboat, so if the guest is a sailor. I would suggest a sail to the Dry Tortugas Nation Park & spend several days diving, fishing, exploring the fort & of course painting. If that’s not possible, then a sunset sail, Then dinner at South of Seven Restaurant on Sugar Loaf Key. Another day would be sight seeing the galleries – The Guild Hall Gallery, the Key West Art Center & Gallery & then a drive to Big Pine Key to Artists in Paradise Gallery & the Key Deer Sanctuary & a stop at No Name Pub.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My father, Frank Weaver, who supported me & encouraged me to create. He was a self-taught artist, craftsman who built anything that was needed or desired, from houses, barns & flit-lock guns.
Facebook: Mally Weaver & mallyweaver.com
Other: The Guild Hall Gallery The Key West Art Center & Gallery Artists in Paradise