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UWF Historic Trust to host “Just Above Water: Florida Folk Art” as part of Foo Foo Fest

The University of West Florida Historic Trust will host the traveling exhibit “Just Above Water: Florida Folk Art” as part of Pensacola’s annual Foo Foo Festival. The traveling exhibit, funded by a Foo Foo Festival ACE Fall Arts and Culture Grant, will open Nov. 5, 2015 and close Jan. 25, 2016.

The traveling exhibit features information panels on the fascinating works and lives of 35 Florida folk artists. Their diverse creations, which use media such as textiles, metal, wood and leather, embody the richness and variety of folk art. These folk artists, in many cases self-taught, show us another perspective of life – one that is inspired by their everyday customs, their working environments and their community traditions.

“Just Above Water: Florida Folk Art” is part of the Museum of Florida History’s Traveling Exhibit program. The traveling exhibit is based on the book “Just Above Water: Florida Folk Art” by Kristin Congdon and Tina Bucuvalas. The book is the culmination of a five-year project encompassing thorough on-site research, including visits, interviews and long hours of traveling and gathering information on folk art and artists.

The exhibit will be featured at Voices of Pensacola presented by Gulf Power, 117 E. Government St. in downtown Pensacola from Nov. 5, 2015 through Jan. 25, 2016. The multicultural center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit is free and the public is invited. For more information, visit HistoricPensacola.org.