Day of the Dead Celebration 2017 11/2

posted Nov 4, 2017, 12:53 PM by David Goboff   [ updated Nov 4, 2017, 12:54 PM ]

Another year, another celebration, another load in and out.  The puppets are back in their resting places, waiting for 2018 - Plan on being there.
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Arts Film Night

posted Jun 10, 2012, 5:23 PM by David Goboff

Arts Film Night...

Shorts combining film and puppetry by nationally recognized puppeteers of the U.S. and Canada. Presented through Heather Henson and Ibex Puppetry. For teens & up.(With appetizers & drinks.) 
SAT. JUNE 16 @ 3,5,& 7PM $12

109 NW 5TH ST, 

Toy Theatre sheets you can print! Penny Plain, Two Cents Colored...And Free for YOU!

posted Feb 24, 2012, 5:31 AM by David Goboff

You can find more theatersheets here on my flickr they are all in 300 dpi. you are welcome to use these.

reg Esben from denmark

Paul Louis shared his How To video links

posted Sep 9, 2011, 5:42 AM by David Goboff

As promised, here are some links to some free videos I have on the Internet on how to make and perform puppets.  Please share them with the guild.  Thanks, ... Pauly

Paul - thanks for sharing.

You can also access these and other Puppet Guild of South Florida links on our Links and Resources Page!

Pablo Cano - Article in CAW Magazine

posted Apr 14, 2011, 4:18 AM by David Goboff

Dear family , friends and fans,
This article just appeared in WWW.CAWMAGAZINE.COM
Just click on Featured Artist Pablo Cano or click HERE.
Caribbean Art World Magazine.
I think they meant to write bins and bins not bends and bends....
Anyway ... hope you enjoy it.

Pablo Cano


posted Jan 17, 2011, 5:30 AM by David Goboff   [ updated Jan 17, 2011, 5:35 AM ]

The Puppet Guild of South Florida  (PGSF) is happy to announce 
an exciting workshop
by Pam Corcoran Puppets of Stevens Point, WI.
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
1:30pm – 5:30pm
 World and Eye Arts Center
109 NW Fifth St., Ft. Lauderdale
Pam Corcoran has been performing puppet shows and conducting puppetry workshops for all ages throughout the Midwest for over 25 years. Ten years ago, she began to construct hand puppets for her shows using wool roving and recycled wool sweaters, and needle felting techniques, resulting in charming, durable, lightweight puppets.
In this half-day workshop, participants will learn to construct an animal hand puppet using wool roving and recycled wool.  Sewing skills are helpful, but not necessary. Felting the heads for the puppets is a sculptural process that is very simple to learn.
Participants will leave with a completed puppet (or well on its way to completion), felting needles, a foam work surface, and a resource list for purchasing additional materials.
Samples of her puppets can be seen at 

Needle- Felted Puppets created by Pam Corcoran Puppets of Stevens Point, WI  can also be seen in this (see attached photo )exhibit at The Puppetry Arts Institute in Independence, MO.
This art form was recently featured in “Living” a magazine by Martha Stewart. 

Needle Felted Puppets Registration Info:
PGSF (Puppet Guild of South Florida) member:                                    $25.00*   (includes $10 materials fee)
Non-PGSF member:                                                                                     $35.00*  (includes $10 materials fee)
NOTE:  Registration includes $10 materials fee
Space will be limited, so please reserve ASAP.
Deadline date for registration is February 12th.
To reserve your space for this exciting workshop, or if you have any questions, call Elise Handelman
@ 954-979-8882- PUPPETS TO GO voicemail.
Or send email, with the information below, to:
Name _______________________________________________Phone________________________
Email: ____________________________________________________________________________
 ____________PGSF Member __________________________________________________$25.00*       
____________Non-PGSF Member     __________________________________________ $35.00*           
____________I’d like to become a member of  PGSF  _______________________   $12.00
                                                                                                Total Enclosed          $_______
Please mail your Registration Form and check ,made payable to PGSF, to:
c/o Elise Handelman
4833 Calamondin Circle
Coconut Creek, FL 33063
Ronni  Gerstel and I took a 1-1/2 hour workshop with Pam at the Puppeteers of America Rampage Festival in 2007.  I enjoyed it so much that I took a 20-hour workshop with Pam at PuppetFest Midwest in 2008. Both Ronni and I are taking this one too.
Pam is a great instructor, very patient and lots of fun.
Looking forward to seeing you at this fantastic workshop!

Marionette Workshop by Pablo Cano

posted Sep 29, 2010, 8:34 AM by David Goboff

Hi Friends and Family,
I'm hoping this workshop will lead to more opportunities to educate others about
the art of the marionette.

Humans love to create marionettes and attach strings. Manipulation is the tricky part.

Click on the Attachment for the flier...
Don’t Trash your
Trash, We Need It !

Wood dowels (on the thin side )
Wood popcycle sticks • Balls of kite
string • Fashion magazines • News
papers • Pipe cleaners • Buttons
Fabrics • Yarn • Paper plates • CDs
Paper cups • Paper towel tubes
Black Sharpies • Scissors • Elmers Glue
Plastic bottles : Juice, Soda, Clorox etc.
Paper boxes of different sizes.
Toys • Baskets • Cellophane • Plastic Tubes •
Chair legs... Be Creative!
Clean stuff not sticky or icky, to

Repurpose as Puppets

Donate by Oct.14

Renowned Miami artisPablo Cano will teach a Workshop at the Downtown Campus

Exhibit including works by Pablo Cano

posted Sep 29, 2010, 8:29 AM by David Goboff

Dear friends,
My art work will be on view in the Mosquera family art collection exhibition at the Freedom Tower , opening Oct 8.
Athena : CAVALETTI'S DREAM MOCA commission 2009
Guardian Angel: THE BEGINNING MOCA commission 2005
T Rex : THE BEGINNING MOCA commission 2005
I am very proud to be included among so many colleagues whom I respect and admire as Cuban and Cuban American artists.
My heart felt thanks to the Mosquera family , Cristina and Vivian Nosti.

Press Release:
Contact: Cristina Nosti, 786-554-1764


(MIAMI, FL) – On Friday, October 8, from 7:00 – 9:00pm, Miami Dade College will
proudly open the exhibition “Ways of Worldmaking: Notes on a Passion for
Collecting” at the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. The opening
reception is free and open to the public and is presented in collaboration with Books &
Books. It will be on view from Wednesday, October 6 through Sunday, November 7, 2010.
Ways of Worldmaking: Notes on a Passion for Collecting explores the motivations and
responsibilities behind building a contemporary art collection through the eyes, mind and heart
of the husband-and-wife collecting team of Dr. Arturo and Liza Mosquera.

The South Florida-based couple has been collecting contemporary art for over 20 years and their
collection presently includes over a thousand works. For this exhibition, co-curators Cristina
Nosti and Vivian Nosti, (a sister team that for the purposes of their artistic collaborations are
known as DUO NOSTI) have selected over 85 original works by more than 70
contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American artists, including painting, sculpture, works
on paper, and photographs. The artists featured represent a who’s who of Cuban and Cuban-
American artists many of whom are living and working in South Florida, including Gustavo
Acosta, Mario Algaze, Luisa Basnuevo, Maria Brito, Adriano Buergo, Pablo Cano,
Consuelo Castañeda, Arturo Cuenca, Liliam Cuenca, Ana Albertina Delgado,
Christian Durán, Silvia Lizama, Rubén Torres Llorca, Rogelio López Marín (Gory),
Beatriz Monteavaro, Heriberto Mora, Gean Moreno, Glexis Novoa, Jorge Pantoja,
Lidia Rubio, Baruj Salinas, George Sánchez-Calderón, César Trasobares, Pedro
Vizcaino and Ramón Williams, among others. The work of artists from the early exile group
(several now deceased) who in some cases have been erased from the history of art in Cuba, such
as Eduardo Michaelsen, Agustín Fernandez, Rafael Soriano, Guido Llinás, and
Jorge Camacho, is also highlighted.
The exhibit tells the story of the Mosqueras’ passion for collecting through a narrative of quotes
and observations about the history and development of their 20-year collection. It highlights
their personal adventures in art collecting and tackles such themes as collecting as a way of
life, relationships with living artists, how collectors create meaning through their
collections, and what they envision as the legacy of their activities.
Arturo Mosquera was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1953. His adventures in art collecting
started almost by accident when a colleague of his suggested dentists could be more involved in
the arts as patrons and put him in touch with a magazine whose editor happened to be his
childhood friend, the poet and art critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa. The two had studied together at
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, and it was Pau-Llosa who in 1989 suggested that he and Liza
start collecting. Pau-Llosa helped to educate both Dr. Mosquera and his wife Liza on the books
and articles they should read, the conferences they should attend and began to take them to
artist’s studios and recommend which artists work they should acquire. The Mosqueras’ choices
were always based on the art they both felt strongly about, and ultimately it was the artists
themselves and their friendships with them that led to an even deeper appreciation and 
understanding of the art of collecting.

Ways of Worldmaking recognizes the Mosqueras’ significant contribution to the South Florida 
art scene through their programming of exhibitions for emerging and established artists. In 
2000, the couple began showing artwork from their collection at Dr. Mosquera’s orthodontic 
office in the Westchester neighborhood of Miami-Dade County. They established a quarterly 
program of exhibits, “Art @ Work”, in the lobby of the office and created a print newsletter 
that served as a mini-catalog of each show. The word began to spread about these exhibits and 
artists clamored for a space on the exhibition schedule. The openings began to draw bigger and 
bigger crowds, including curators, collectors and art critics from all over the globe. They later 
opened Farside Gallery, a non-commercial, alternative art space, adjacent to 
Mosquera’s orthodontic practice, to showcase even more art and artists. 
Ways of Worldmaking celebrates this South Florida couple’s outside-the-box thinking and 
approach to collecting, nurturing, promoting and exhibiting contemporary art in our 

“Will this collection stand the test of time and endure into the future? And where will it be 
housed to inform and teach others? “Perhaps his hometown of Pinar del Rio, perhaps La 
Habana (as the great Guido Llinás suggested), or perhaps Miami, as many of the artists in his 
collection suggest,” explains co-curator Vivian Nosti. “In the end, it will be a legacy worthy of 
study and admiration to see what the Mosqueras have done for artists, art history, and 
ultimately future generations.”

A series of panel discussions with the collector and many of the artists featured in the exhibition 
who live and work in South Florida, will take place during the exhibition period. For more 
information about guided tours and other activities, please contact the MDC Art Gallery System 
at 305-237-7700 or

About the Collectors:

Arturo F. Mosquera, D.M.D., M.S., runs one of Miami’s most celebrated practices in
orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. At the age of nine he and his family fled the
communist take over in his native Cuba. Growing up in exile, Dr. Mosquera would eventually
channel his passion for his native country, and his love of art, into the creation of a major art
collection. Dr. Mosquera and his wife Liza Mosquera, have turned his office into one of
Miami’s hot new alternative spaces for exhibitions, installations and performances. A graduate
of the prestigious Schools of Dentistry and Orthodontics at the Universities of Florida and
Tennessee, and a recipient of many awards and distinctions in his profession and specialty, Dr.
Mosquera has been involved in many humanitarian and philanthropic causes. His wife, Liza is
a native of El Salvador and has been the office manager of her husband’s orthodontic practice
for over 25 years. She is a devoted mother who loves cooking, reading and hiking. The couple
currently live in Coral Gables, Florida with their three children.

About the Curators:

Cristina Nosti has over 25 years of experience in South Florida as an arts administrator,
grant writer, publicist, and coordinator of cultural events and programs. A graduate of the
University of Miami’s School of Communication, she is currently the Director of Events &
Marketing at Books & Books, an independently-owned bookstore that is nationally-recognized
for its author event series. Before joining Books & Books, Cristina was the development
manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami where she wrote grant
proposals in support of exhibitions, educational initiatives and community programs. Prior to
that, she served as the general manager of the Cultural Affairs Department at Miami-Dade
College, Wolfson Campus, under the direction of Olga Garay. From 1990-94, she served as
Executive Director of the Cuban Museum of Arts & Culture, a non-profit organization that
made headlines during the 80s and 90s for exhibiting the work of artists still living and
working in Cuba. She has also worked in the television industry and at Columbia Pictures
Studios in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are Cuban and she grew up in Coral Gables,
Florida. A practicing Buddhist, she now lives near the ocean in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Vivian Nosti began her career in the arts in her early twenties in the theater as a costume and
production designer. She attended Parsons School of Art and the Corcoran College of Art and
Design. Since then, she has worked for numerous theater companies, including the Acme Acting
Company and Taller del Garabato, as the resident Designer. She has collaborated with actors,
directors and writers on numerous projects, including the groundbreaking and critically-
acclaimed play A Scarlet Letter -- a curated art show and play that had its run at the Cuban
Museum of Arts & Culture. She has worked in the fields of fashion and television and has been
involved in film as a Production Designer. She is currently working as a freelance curator and art

consultant and writes about art and culture for print and on-line magazines. She lives in Key
Biscayne, Florida where she is working on a memoir of her life.


posted Sep 6, 2010, 10:26 AM by David Goboff

Exhibition of Works by Miami Artist Pablo Cano

On View September 6 – October 29, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, September 10

Pablo Cano is internationally recognized for his skill in intertwining marionettes constructed from of
found objects with performance art that delight audiences of all ages. Since childhood, marionettes
have fascinated Pablo. At the age of ten, he was mounting elaborate plays for his family featuring
puppets constructed of household bric-a-brac. His primary work today continues to center around
the marionettes that he fashions from found objects, and the performance pieces he composes
to showcase these protagonists. Cano employs numerous art forms in his work including oil and
watercolor painting, fine drawing, charcoal and ceramic sculpture and is accomplished in each of
these areas.

Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, MOCA North Miami observes, “Each marionette
is a complete sculpture in its own right that is exhibited in the museum in its inanimate state; but
when their creator and grand puppeteer Cano performs them, the figures take on a life force
that causes the audience members to suspend their disbelief.” She adds “few artists can so
convincingly transform inert material or provide a transcendent experience.” “Cano succeeds in
these transformations because these marionettes are the incarnation of his own reality.”

He earned a MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1985 and has studied
and worked in New York, Paris, Baltimore and Miami. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
in North Miami, Florida has commissioned his work annually since 1997.

Pablo Cano’s work is found in numerous public and private collections internationally including the
museum the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale, FL;
Lowe Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; Cintas Foundation, New York, NY; Samuel
Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY; The Columbus Museum of Art,
Columbus, GA; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Art in Public Places, Olympia,
GA; Bacardi, Miami, FL; R.J. Reynolds Company, Winston-Salem, NC; Sagamore Hotel, Collection
of Martin & Cricket Taplin, Miami Beach, FL; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL.

The opening night reception for Marionettes and Workshop Drawings is Friday, September 10,
2010 7 - 9 pm and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view from September 6
through October 29, 2010 weekdays from 11 am to 5 pm.

Art@Work is located at: 1245 Galloway Road (87th Avenue), Miami, FL 33174

Free parking is available across the street at the Central Bible Assembly of God on opening night.

Venue:    Art@Work
On view:    September 6 through October 29, 2010
Event name:    “Marionettes and Workshop Drawings”
Event contact:    Raissa Soler
Event time:    weekdays 11am to 5 pm by appointment
Event email:
Event cost:    $0.00
Event venue address:    1245 SW 87th Avenue, Miami, FL 33174
Event phone:    305-264-3120

Simply Puppets presents: "Plastic Water Bottle Transformations"

posted Jul 22, 2010, 1:37 PM by David Goboff

Simply Puppets presents:

"Plastic Water Bottle Transformations"

Don’t dump that Gallon Plastic Water Bottle!  Save your Bottle Caps!  Re-use old Video Tapes.  Find the hidden faces and create new objects from these and many other scrap / recycled / and everyday things.  
Come play with us and go home with a mask, puppet, pet or fabulous art project.
(See some examples at: )

September 16, 2010 (Thursday)  7-9 pm
September 18, 2010 (Saturday) 10:30 -12:30

Ages 4 to Adult, (4-8, adult supervision please)
Members $5 per individual/family membership
Non Members $10 adult, $3 per child 4-15
At Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center, 1100 NW 53rd Street, Fort Lauderdale, 33309, 888-828-8242 to rsvp
About Simply Puppets & David Goboff
Simply Puppets came into existence in early 2000 as a platform for the Goboff family to write plays, make puppets and perform together.  

David is now working with Simply Puppets full time offering puppet shows and workshops for schools, libraries, museums and birthday parties.  Most recently Simply Puppets has been visiting many Broward County libraries during the summer in 2010.  He is also available to build props and puppets for shows, events and Halloween displays.  

If you can imagine it, Simply Puppets can make it happen.

You can visit Simply Puppets at:
You can write to Simply Puppets at
You can call David at (954) 667-3283   

David is also the current President of The Puppet Guild of South Florida.  PGSF meets monthly and is open to the public.  Check their website for more details and events at: .  

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