Make Your Own Folk Art Valentine with Missionary Mary Proctor

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Tallahassee area folk artist Missionary Mary Proctor is widely known and beloved for her handcrafted paintings and sculptures, which transform everyday cast-offs such as bottle caps, paint brushes and old record albums into inspirational signs of faith and feeling.

A regular participant in Creative Clay’s annual Folkfest, Proctor leads a special valentine-making workshop and art lecture at the organization’s Central Arts District space on Saturday, Valentine’s Day. For $45 apiece, participants can create their own mixed media artwork from found materials under Proctor’s tutelage. Her distinctive aesthetic has landed her in collections including the Smithsonian and St. Pete’s MFA. The event is part of a series celebrating the 20th anniversary of Creative Clay, which seeks to make art accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities, people in healthcare environments, veterans and children.

Make Your Own Folk Art Valentine Lecture and Workshop with Missionary Mary Proctor is Sat., Feb. 14, 2-4 p.m., tickets: $45 (advance registration required at, Creative Clay, 1114 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 727-825-0515, 

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