|Aechmea Woronowii (seen in|
the Tropical Conservatory)
In addition to having wonderful gardens, the property includes a mansion that has been converted into the Gardens Museum. The current exhibit is A Tribal Collection: Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica, and Dorrit and I headed up to Sarasota to take in the exhibit and a lecture given by Marilynn and CJ Shelley. For the past nine years, the Shelleys have traveled to the indigenous village of Boruca to purchase masks for Selby's annual exhibition and sale. It doesn't sound easy to get to Boruca (located in South Pacific Costa Rica near the Panamian border), what with mudslides and downed trees that can close the "roads" for extended periods of time. But the Shelleys have become ex-officio members of the community, and it is clear that they enjoy their annual trek to the village.
|Hot and Bothered|
by Nidia Fernandez
|Capuchin Monkey Pair|
by Neftali Rojas Morales
|Drawing for mask by Francisco|
All in all, it was an interesting outing. The exhibit runs through April 19th, so there's still plenty of time to get there if your curiosity has been piqued. (Details can be found at http://www.selby.org/) Next year I'm hoping to persuade Dorrit to take the Borucan mask painting class. Somehow I suspect it would make me appreciate the skills of these artists all the more.