Beevilleville Art Museum,
Although she considers herself “an accidental collector,” San Antonio writer, consultant, and world-traveler Sherry Kafka Wagner has amassed a respectably large collection of international folk art over the years with close to 350 objects. Selections from her delightfully whimsical collection will be on view at the Beeville Art Museum from September 15, 2012 through January 3, 2013.
The exhibition, entitled Folk Toys Folk Joys: Selections from the International Folk Art Collection of Sherry Kafka Wagner, designed by the collector and her associate, New York consultant Hettie Jordan-Vilanova, will feature thematic scenes in each gallery, including an animal parade, people of the world, village scenes, modes of transportation, and recycled objects.
Wagner says she never intended to become a collector, but came across the pieces in her collection as she went about her life and work. Through her professional experiences—such as working with the renowned Alexander Girard folk art collection—and travels with her family, she says, “ I realized that people everywhere expressed their imaginations by creating, by making things. Many of the objects I brought home to share with my children as they were growing up, then with my grandchildren, who are now grown.”
Sherry Kafka Wagner is a seasoned consultant, writer and media producer, with a focus on urban planning and design. Her city planning and urban design projects include, among others, the San Antonio River Corridor Development; the Dallas Arts District Plan; the Rio Salado Plan in Arizona, and the Charles River Basin Parks and the Wharf District in Boston. She has served as a consultant to more than forty-five cultural institutions including museums, aquariums, and performing arts groups, such as the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga and the Children’s Creativity Center in San Francisco. She as also worked on various projects in Lisbon, Portugal; Genoa, Italy; London, England; Dublin, Ireland; and Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Wagner’s most recent mission, and one she has been working on for the past 4 years, is the drive to expand the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market to San Antonio.
The market is the largest of its kind in the world, representing over 150 master artists from around the world who sell their handmade crafts and share their cultures.