Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and la vista verde Present the “Rainforest Masks 2010” Exhibit and Sale

(Sarasota, FL, February 22, 2010): Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for the sixth consecutive year is sponsoring Rainforest Masks 2010 of the Borucan Indians of Costa Rica. From March 5 through April 16, 2010, Selby’s Museum of Botany and the Arts will showcase their unique, striking masks from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. An opening reception is scheduled for March 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This exhibit is sponsored by la vista verde and is paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.

Meet the Artists sessions are scheduled for March 6, 7, 13 and 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet the Borucan artists, and watch them carve and paint these incredible, one of a kind masks. Spanish interpreters will be available.

C.J and Marilynn Shelley, of la vista verde will present a lecture titled, “The Road to Boruca and Beyond” in the Cooley Theater at Selby Gardens on March 11, 2010 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. This free lecture will include a travelogue with images of Costa Rica and the indigenous village of Boruca.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a respected center for research and education as well as a famous orchid showplace. The Gardens are located at 900 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota, Florida, and they are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily with the exception of Christmas day. Admission: $17 adults, $6 children age 6-12, free for Garden’s Members and children 5 and under. For further information, call (941) 366-5731 or visit