Downtown St. Pete welcomes From Mayan Hands, a Guatemalan folk art gallery

Exquisite Day of the Dead-inspired statues and more can be found at the new gallery.

Yet another super-nifty unique gallery has opened in St. Petersburg. From Mayan Hands, a gallery/shop displaying folk art acquired by New World Imports Inc. — owned by prominent local arts patrons Robert and Chitranee Drapkin — imports one-of-a-kind Mayan folk art, textiles, and handicrafts from living Mayan Indian artists from the highlands of western Guatemala. Their handmade art includes sculpture, santos, dance masks, textiles, ceramics and ceremonial objects.

“Due to the limited nature of the Mayan art and the fact that artisans are waning in numbers, their offerings are truly collectibles," Drapkin says on the store's website, which has a user-friendly shopping tool if you can't make it to visit in person. "We have a lot to offer and are looking forward to participating in our local art community,” Drapkin adds.

Executive Director of the Arts Alliance of St. Petersburg, John Collins welcomed From Mayan Hands with a press release announcement, touting the gallery's contribution to the international diversity of our arts offerings in St. Petersburg.

"We also look forward to their participation in the Second Saturday ArtWalk,“ Collins adds.

This Saturday From Mayan Hands is holding a big sale to celebrate its grand opening, and the new folk art gallery can be found at 2006 Second Ave. S.

Like the boutique/gallery's Facebook page to receive a 50 percent discount on your first purchase. 

Scroll to read more Local Arts articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]