Ink People’s Brenda Tuxford Gallery Presenting ‘Maskibition’ on October 6th

This is a press release from the Ink People’s Brenda Tuxford Gallery:

This October, the Ink People’s Brenda Tuxford Gallery is presenting Maskibition, a juried show all about masks.  The opening will be during Arts Alive, October 6th with an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m..  Artist Judge Bernadette Vielbig will be honoring mask makers with prizes in three categories: Best Performance Mask, Best Art Mask, and Best Mask in Show.  There will also be live mask making demonstrations and a free paper mask making craft for kids of all ages.

The first Maskibition was in 1985.  Ink People Co-Founder Brenda Tuxford wanted to celebrate an artform which is shared by nearly every known culture, an artform at the intersection between performing and visual art.  Through the decades, this annual show has drawn in hundreds of masks; traditional theater masks, eclectic art pieces, and ceremonial regalia from Native American tribes.

The masks in this year’s show will represent a variety of styles and media.  In addition to personal expressive works in leather, clay, or fabric, entries will include creative reuse or “Trashion” masks, and masks from local theater and dance productions.

Artists will compete for prizes along with their honors.  Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre has sponsored a $150 Best Performance Mask prize, and Donvieve, mask maker and movement specialist will donate the $150  prize for Best Art Mask.  The big prize is a $300 award for the Best Mask in Show sponsored by Pierson’s Building Center.


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