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Prior to the Conference on Thursday, February 8th
Lecture in conjunction with Stop Asking / We Exist Exhibition in St. Petersburg


Prior to conducting a workshop at the FC Conference, Joyce Scott will be giving a free public lecture in St. Petersburg on Thursday, February 8th at 7pm. Scott’s lecture, Three Generations of Artists, will be given in conjunction with Stop Asking / We Exist: 25 African-American Artists, an exhibition she curated for the Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh) which will be on display at the FC Gallery, Jan. 12-Feb. 24, 2001. This exciting exhibition features 25 contemporary African-American artists who work in both traditional as well as experimental techniques. In Scott’s own words, “Stop Asking surveys 25 hard working, up-to-date and future-wise artists whose art you’ve seen, some never ethnically identified. It gives intellectual pleasure and is cunning in its ability to sustain fascination. It bandies issues with aplomb without, in some cases, overt links to Afro-centrism.” The artists included in the exhibition “are wide awake. Raising a ruckus with form, function, and da funk. Alchemizing emotional intellectual landscapes.” In celebration of Black History Month, tours of the exhibition for public school children will also be offered in February 2001. For more info about the lecture or tours of the exhibition, please call FC.

Costa Rican Artists Workshops

In conjunction with the Contemporary Craft from Costa Rica exhibition at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery, the Dunedin Fine Art Center will host two workshops with visiting artists from Costa Rica, March 10-11, 2001. On Saturday, March 10th, Grace Herrera (retired Professor of Art, University of Costa Rica) will conduct a one-day workshop on Natural Fibers for Papermaking. Some of the fibers used will include native, tropical Costa Rican cabuya, itabo and banana. No prior papermaking experience is necessary. On Saturday, March 11th, master printmaker Luis Paulino Delgado will lead a workshop entitled Color Woodcut by Reduction Method (xylography elimination printmaking). This workshop will consist of demonstrations with time for individuals to practice on a simple project with an easy registration system to be able to complete an edition. 

Workshop registration forms will be mailed to all FC members in January and the deadline to register will be March 1st. The workshops will run from 9:30am - 4:30pm each day, and each workshop will cost $65 for FC and Dunedin Fine Art Center members; $75 non-members. For more information, if you would like to sign up in advance, or volunteer as a workshop assistant, please contact Patricia Putman, Project Director, at Florida Craftsmen (727) 821-7391.

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