San Pedro House of Culture’s newest exhibit: Coconutz

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The San Pedro House of Culture (SPHC) continues to promote the rich history of the island and the importance of arts to the local economy. As such, SPHC opened a new exhibit on Thursday, May 21st, and it’s all about coconuts. Titled ‘Coconutz’, the exhibit coincided with International Museum Day and features crafts by local artisans made entirely of coconut products. SPHC hopes to promote coconuts as a sustainable resource by creating a variety of arts and craft that can be sold to generate income.San Pedro House of Culture Coconutz Exhibit-1
The opening event kicked off at 7PM with SPHC Administrator, Guillermo “Mito” Paz welcoming those in attendance. “San Pedro was dotted with coconut farms. As we transitioned from a village into a town, the coconut farms started being replaced with development. Still, a variety of coconut trees thrive across Ambergris Caye and we have learnt to use every part of the product,” said Paz.San Pedro House of Culture Coconutz Exhibit-3
He elaborated on how the coconuts are no longer used only for consumption, but also have become great works of art. “Our talented local artisans are taking the coconut husks, bark, leaves, stems and even the shells to make art pieces. These beautiful products are already being sold through the tourism industry. We hope that this exhibit only serves to continue promoting the use of coconuts,” ended Paz.San Pedro House of Culture Coconutz Exhibit-5
Afterwards, guests were invited to view the exhibit. Showcased were carvings, paintings, candles, wall pieces, lamps and table pieces, all made from coconut products! Among the talented artists featured in the exhibit were Karina Paz and Edwardo “Papo” Alamilla. Most of the pieces were for sale at a special price.San Pedro House of Culture Coconutz Exhibit-25
Guests also enjoyed coconut themed snacks and drinks. Volunteers passed around trays of coconut tart, cocobrut, coconut empanadas and coconut jelly. Of course, cold cocktails such as Coco Locos, Panty Rippers and Coconut Mojitos were also passed around. Throughout the event, the crowd was entertained with live music.


The Coconutz exhibit will be open for view till Thursday, June 4th. Those interested in viewing or purchasing of products can visit the SPHC on Angel Coral Street.

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