AVON PARK, Fla. – Jan. 31, 2018 – SFSC’s Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) will hold its Third Thursday program, “Essential Character,” Thursday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m., at MOFAC, on the SFSC Highlands Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“This exhibit celebrates the time-worn tradition of fashioning beautiful and useful pieces from the richness of natural resources, available to us as raw materials,” said Megan Stepe, MOFAC curator. “I am fascinated with art that evokes the particular resourcefulness, creativity, and dexterity inherent in working with organic materials. The artists participating in this exhibit have created works which exemplify this type of inventive spirit, producing works of character and craftsmanship I’m sure viewers will very much enjoy.”

“Essential Character” includes gourd-art by Jacqueline Andrews, pine baskets by Emily Angell, shell art by Cheryl Canada, wood carvings and paintings by Sharon Hardy, wood sculptures by Jeff Hoffman, clay sculptures by Richard Munster, fiber works by Hye Shin, and clay pieces by Jay Spalding.

A reception will follow the program in MOFAC. Some of the featured artists will be present at the reception to meet and greet visitors.

The “Essential Character” exhibit is on display Feb. 14 through March 29 at MOFAC and is sponsored by Dr. Catherine P. Cornelius.

Third Thursdays at MOFAC is a series that will enhance and inspire the public’s perspective on Florida art and culture. Each program focuses on a different MOFAC exhibition. The program is held every third Thursday of the month, is open to the public, and is free.

MOFAC is located in the east wing of the Alan J. Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at SFSC, 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park. The museum is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., or by appointment for group tours. Patrons of the Wildstein Center may visit the museum one hour prior to matinee and evening performances.

For more information about MOFAC and its programs or to request a museum tour, contact Stepe at 863-784-7240, or email stepem@southflorida.edu. Visit the MOFAC website at mofac.org.