¡Celebrate the Santeros!
Selections from the Hector Puig Collection
September 17 – October 17, 2014
The Cofrin Gallery is proud to be part of a community collaboration of exhibitions, which simultaneously celebrate an outstanding collection of Puerto Rican art! Represented are a variety of Puerto Rican art forms, most notably a collection of small wooden sculptures created in the Santos Tradition. These carved wooden Saints held tremendous historic and spiritual value for the people of Puerto Rico since the 16th century, and have been particularly important for use in rural home altars.
We are also pleased to welcome guest artists, José Luis Peña Burgos, Orlando Luque, Xavier Colón Marrero, and Eric Saunders to our gallery on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 12:30-2:30, where, these “Santeros” will demonstrate their carving processes and discuss their work.
Please join us for a reception honoring these artists and Mr. Puig on
Friday, September 26 from 5-7pm
Also visit our collaborating venues to view the diversity of the Puig collection, which includes work from many influential international and regional artists:
UF’s University Gallery: Come Home; Selections from the Collection of Hector Puig, September 2-November 7, 2014. Reception: Thursday, Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m. featuring DJ music by John Polefko, dancing in the University Gallery courtyard, carving demonstrations by guest artists (santeros) and a special film screening at 8 p.m. of “La Churona” by the Latino Film Festival in the Fine Arts B theatre, which will be attended by the film’s director, Maria Cristina Carrillo.
UF’s Grinter Gallery: Come Home; The Santos of Pedro Pablo Rinaldi, Jose Luis Pena Burgos, Orlando Luque and Eric Saunders will be on display Sept. 8-Oct. 31, 2014.
Thomas Center Gallery: THE HEART OF A CULTURE The Santos of Xavier Colón Sept. 27, 2014–Jan. 3, 2015 Reception: Saturday, Sept. 27, 6:00–9:00 pm
4Most Gallery at the UF School of Art and Art History: Featuring selections from the Puig Collection during Artwalk Gainesvillle, Friday, Sept. 26, 6-10pm