Artists Create Fantastical Masks for Fundraising Exhibit

The Mask-R-Aid exhibit on display August 1-14 highlights masks as the new “chic.” The project is designed to raise funds for an artists’ relief fund through the St. Pete Arts Alliance.

Inventive face masks created by costumers, artists and people who sew from around Tampa Bay will be on display in downtown St. Pete’s Zazoo’d at 351 Central Avenue.

‘What is magical about this mask is that it was created by a 8-year-old wanting to participate in her mother’s efforts to protect people.’

The exhibit is part of a project called “Mask-R-Aid” spearheaded by St. Petersburg resident, Andre Kupfermunz. When the exhibit is over, masks will be auctioned at Bay Area Auction in Pinellas Park.

“The purpose of our project is to call attention to the need to wear masks during the pandemic to protect yourself and others,” says Kupfermunz. “At the same time St. Petersburg is a hub for artistic talent and many of the artists are financially suffering at this time. Mask-R-Aid aims to offset some of the burden by raising money for the St. Pete Arts Alliance Relief Fund.”

Andre Kupfermunz was born in France and raised in Belgium, survived WWII and came to the U.S. to focus on sculpture. He later branched into painting.

Faces are the theme of all his artwork. “I intend for my pieces to compel people to get in touch with their own feelings, accept themselves and to have compassion for others.”

This mask by Lizz Derr is made out of sequins and seaweed.

After the exhibition at Zazoo’d, the masks will be auctioned off online by Bay Area Auction. Preview begins at 8 a.m. on August 15 and the auction starts at 10 a.m. Anyone wishing to bid online for the masks needs to register first at BayAreaAuctionServices.com.

Cheers to all of the artists involved in this generous and creative project!