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Rainforest Masks (Opens January 8 at Downtown Sarasota campus)

Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica

January 8 to 30, 2022

The Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica exhibition highlights the artistry of the Indigenous Boruca tribe of Costa Rica.  For the 18th consecutive year, the Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase hundreds of beautiful hand-carved and painted balsa wood masks featuring the stunning flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest.

For the Boruca people, mask making is a way of life closely tied to their communal history and identity.  Mask making is a collaborative process between carvers and painters.  A design is sketched onto a prepared balsa log, which is intricately carved.  The carved mask is then painted with vibrant colors and bold patterns.  Each mask combines imagery drawn from nature and the artists’ own imaginations.  The result is an artistic expression unlike any other.

Please note: Credit or debit cards are the only acceptable forms of payment for the masks available for purchase.

Preview Event

Friday, January 7, 2022


Visitors have two options to gain early access to this breathtaking show and participate in the mask sale before the general public. Capacity is limited.

Early Admission: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$55 for Selby Gardens members, $60 for non-members

Regular Admission: 2 – 6 p.m.

$25 for Selby Gardens members, $30 for non-members

January 8-9: Opening Weekend and “Pop-Up Shop”
During the exhibition’s official opening weekend, the Museum of Botany & the Arts will offer additional handmade items, such as jewelry, for sale.




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