Selby Gardens Presents the 7th Annual Borucan Rainforest Mask Exhibit


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Selby Gardens Presents the 7th Annual Borucan Rainforest Mask Exhibit
[February 3, 2011, — Sarasota, Fla.]  Back by Popular Demand!
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and La Vista Verde
Present “Rainforest Masks 2011” Exhibit and Sale

 [Sarasota, FL,  February 3, 2011]:  Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and La Vista Verde present Rainforest Masks of the Borucan Indians of Costa Rica. The Selby Museum of Botany and the Arts will showcase these unique, striking masks from March 4 through April 15, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  An opening reception is scheduled on March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (R.S.V.P. to 941.366.5731 extension 239). 

Meet the Artists sessions are scheduled on March 5, 6, 12, and 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Spanish interpreters will be available). Take advantage of this opportunity to meet the Borucan artists and watch them carve and paint these incredible, one-of-a-kind masks.  C.J. Shelley of la vista verde will present a lecture entitled, “The Road to Boruca and Beyond” in the Cooley Theater at Selby Gardens on March 10 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.  

In addition to the Rainforest Masks Exhibit is our Asian Cultural Festival on March 19 and 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Asian Cultural Festival highlights include the Matsuriza Taiko Drummers, a Lion Dance by Tang Martial Arts Center, ShoFu Bonsai show and sale, and an exhibit of Sumi-e painting.  Both festivities coupled together are events not to be missed.  Members enter free, members guests’ $5; adults (age 12 and up) $17; Children 11 and under enter free; please no reciprocals or guest passes for these events. 

Both events are paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenue.

About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information please visit

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17, Members and Children 11 and under enter free, (941) 366-5731 or  Get social at or