Photo by ROBERT L. STONE, Courtesy Florida Folklife Program
Troy Demps and Eddie Banks hymnlining.
TARPON SPRINGS - The city of Tarpon Springs announces the opening of the exhibit Sacred Arts on display through Nov. 30 at the Center for Gulf Coast Folklife. The opening reception is Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free and the public is welcome to enjoy the exhibit and short performances of religious music.
The exhibit runs from Sept. 27 through Nov. 30 in the Folklife Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is located at 101 South Pinellas Ave. Tarpon Springs.
Religion has been the inspiration for a rich array of artistic creations. Whether conveyed through architecture, painting, music, vestments, needle arts, custom, or ritual, beauty in the expression of the Sacred is an important aspect of many religious traditions in Florida.
Sacred Arts explores the vibrant religious arts produced and used in Florida through several topics. Sacred Spaces examines the aesthetic dimensions of architecture and interior spaces devoted to worship. In Ritual, visitors can learn about the lively artistic expressions generated by rites of passage and events that occur during the religious calendar. Brilliant religious traditions in dance, music and painting are evoked in the section titled Windows to the Sacred.
The city of Tarpon Springs’ Center for Gulf Coast Folklife focuses on local, Gulf Coast region, and Florida folklife through exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops, and other programming founded in ethnographic research. Its mission is to identify, document, present, and preserve our unique traditional culture. The Folklife Gallery offers both original and traveling exhibitions that interpret state and regional folk culture.
The Center is curated by Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, curator of Arts and Historical Resources for the city of Tarpon Springs; she is the former State Folklorist and Director of the State of Florida Folklife Program.
Call 942-5605 for more information.
The Center for Gulf Coast Folklife is funded in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program.