Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-Lot 3
Title: New folk art show in pan American center
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 Material Information
Title: New folk art show in pan American center
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: B8-Lot 3
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
Creator: Calkin, Carleton I.
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
97 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Marin-Hassett House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Pan American Center (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 97 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.895159 x -81.312931
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00091357
Volume ID: VID00003
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B8-L3

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NEW FOLK ART SHOW IN PAN AMERICAN CENTER

Eaten any good sculpture lately? In Ecuador they do. It's made of unleavened

bread dough, and represents religious figures from the Nativity or carnival

characters from Mardi Gras depending upon the time of year and the festival being

celebrated. Such sculpture, baked hard, painted, and varnished to preserve it

as tourist souvenirs, may currently be seen in ithe new exhibition of "The Human

Figure in Latin American Folk Art" at the Pan American Center in the Restoration

Area, St. George and Hypolita streets.

Of special interest to children, the colorful show includes not only "bread

sculpture" but the human image rendered in clay, glass, wood, metals, reeds,

straw, yarn,nuts, leather, and woven, embroidered, or appliqued textiles and

rugs. Everything was made by self-taught, usually rural, "folk" craftsmen--

men, women, and even children. Statues, paintings, masks, dolls, rugs, wall

hangings, jewelry, clothing, and edibles are on display, representing eight countries.

Most numerous are items from Peru, followed by Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador,

Chile, Guatemala, Brazil, and Panama.

Ranging in size from 1 l/Z inches to 4 feet, a wide variety of real and

imaginary Latin American types are included: peasants, children, dancers, musicians,

religious figures and saints, vendors, clowns, circus performers, cowboys, cock-

fighters, knights, Santa Claus, and even a skeleton. Some wear actual tiny garments

and jewelry.


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Many of these art forms originally were made for local or even family use

and had real meaning only in the region, but began to be seen and collected by

tourists until mass production became necessary to satisfy the demand. The

"bread sculpture", the Panamanian molass" or shirt decorations, and most of

the costume dolls exemplify this. Some, however, are one-of-a-kind, especially

the wood carvings.

Assembled by Dr. Carleton.I. Calkin, curator for the St. Augustine

Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission, the show will be

open to the public daily for the next six months. It is one of many interesting

and informative exhibits to be found in "Historic St. Augustine" for visitors

young and old.


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