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TOTEMS · Public Art Exhibit feat. Derek Schaper

The newest exhibit, TOTEMS, will be open again to the public on Saturday, October 20th, 2-6pm! If you missed the opening night, definitely stop by this time around to experience the breathtaking masks completely conceptualized & handmade by artist Derek Schaper of Valdosta, GA. Enjoy drinks and snacks, talk to the artist and learn more about the significance of the TOTEMS series.

Adult Beverages provided for guests 21+
Charcuterie + H2O provided for everyone
** $5 - $10 Sliding Scale Donation is encouraged **

∆• to-tem /ˈtōdəm/: a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe •∆

"I started on this current body of work almost a year ago, after making a wearable mask for Halloween using cardboard, paint and some found materials. I really enjoyed creating that mask so I continued with the theme and ended up arriving at Totems because these pieces all feel like different sort of spirit beings to me - each with it's own personality and mix of characteristics drawn from a variety of different animals and creatures, real and imaginary. Making and building these Totems has been a lot of fun, starting with some geometric shapes formed from wood, cardboard, felt and foam and allowing each one to reveal it's personality layer by layer. Rarely starting with a reference sketch or plan, each Totem comes to life organically through the materials and colors used. I plan to continue making more of these spirit animals, using a variety of different materials and experimenting with larger formats. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed creating them." -Derek Schaper (Artist)

Join us in our mission to support local art and artists at the MindSpace Collective Gallery. Featuring original exhibitions by local artists in Gainesville and neighboring communities. New exhibits open every two-three months! **This Gallery runs on proceeds + donations - Thank You!**

Earlier Event: September 29
Mandalas For All • D.I.Y. Mandala Tees
Later Event: November 10
Fall Greeting Card + Lettering Workshop