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“Sequined Sentinels - Masterpieces of Haitian Art” Featuring Beaded Voodou Flags from the Collection of Candice Russell
March 12 – May 1, 2015

500 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 (P) 772-465-0630 (E) Info@backusmuseum.com

​“Through the Eye of the Camera”
A Juried Photography Competition 
May 7 - July 18, 2015

Open to both amateur and professional photographers, this show is fiercely competitive. Photographers may enter   
  in any of six categories. 

Cash prizes and gifts from our sponsors. 

Click below for rules and application.

Sponsored by Oculina Bank &
Jiffy Photo and Frame

Sidewalk Haitian Art Sale and Lecture
Saturday, March 28 11:00 a.m. 
Free Admission     

Voodou Flag "​​Diabolo Bossou" by Petit Frere Mogirus

​Haiti is a Caribbean paradox, attempting to establish a peaceful democracy amid threats of dictatorship, a legacy of corruption and the rubble left behind by the cataclysmic 2010 earthquake. Its people possess a surprising wellspring of artistic creativity, despite ongoing political and social unrest, poverty and illiteracy. The creativity of many of Haiti’s people is inspired by their diverse religious beliefs. Most striking is the artistry manifested in Voodou flags with their colorful sequined and beaded imagery.

The majority of all Haitians profess some sort of religious affiliation, with the vast majority being Catholic. The New World Afro-diasporic religion of Voodou is also practiced, as an overlapping religion, by an estimated 50% of the population. Voodou encompasses several different traditions, and consists of a 
mix encompassing African, European and indigenous Taíno religious elements. In this way, it is very similar to other Latin American movements which merge religions and traditions, such as the Cuban Santería.

Haitian art expert and journalist, Candice Russell, speaks about her collection and the conundrum that is Haiti on Saturday, March, 28, 2015.

The museum's parking lot  is now open. 

Donations to the museum can be made online by clicking here

You may also send a check to:  A.E. Backus Museum, 
500 N. Indian Rd.,
 Fort Pierce, FL 34950 
The Museum Will Be Closed on Sunday, May 3, 2015 for judging of the Juried Photography Competition.