March 7 – April 19, 2013
Museum of Botany, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
An all-new collection of brilliantly colored masks featuring imaginative creatures in impressive hand-carved works opens March 8 at Selby Gardens. A Tribal Collection: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica is a popular exhibition and sale that will run through April 19 in the Museum of Botany and the Arts from 10:00am – 4:30pm daily.
A centuries-old tradition of the Borucan Indians of Costa Rica, the hand-made masks were originally designed to ward off invading Spanish Conquistadors. Today, the masks are inspired by the astonishing Costa Rican wildlife and made from 100% sustainable native woods. Borucan masks of Costa Rica have become renowned for both the impressive craftsmanship and their talent for capturing the relationship and interdependence between these rainforest people and the surrounding environment. Guests will have the rare opportunity to purchase these highly collectable, ecological works of art.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 7 5:30 – 7:30pm in the Gardens’ Museum of Botany and the Arts. Proceeds from the mask sales benefit the Borucan artists and support Selby Gardens’ mission of plant conservation, education, horticulture and research.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL
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