'Cuba!' opens today at Liberty Arts

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Red, White & Blue,” by Calvin Abe.

Liberty Arts in Yreka will present the work of the Creative Photo Academy students and instructors in an exhibition titled “Cuba!”

An opening reception will be held this Friday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Creative Photo Academy, at Paul’s Photo in Torrance has been a center for photographic inspiration, learning, creativity, and fun since 1988. They offer classes, workshops, photo walks, day trips, photo adventures, and lectures that appeal to photographers of all skill and interest levels.

Mark Comon, the curator of “Cuba!” scouts exciting photo locations to preview and present to the participating photographers/travelers. The photographs in this exhibition are the culmination of the group’s third and fourth trips to Cuba.

“Photography is about storytelling – seeing what touches you, then using light and lens to communicate, connect and inspire,” said Comon.

The people-to-people exchange focuses on the unique Cuban culture and offers unparalleled access to fantastic photo ops exploring several different venues including historic Old Havana to photograph the classic cars and capture iconic images of the wonderfully warm and friendly people, Comon explained in a press release. A visit to the lush green countryside of Cuba’s tobacco fields and mogotes of Vinales in western Cuba provides a tranquil respite after the excitement of Havana. The port city of Cienfuegos features the Jagua Fortress as well as the Arco de Triunfo – the only Arco de Triunfo in Cuba, and Trinidad.

In conjunction with the Yreka Art Hops there will also be a special interactive performance of percussion rhythms by Djembe Caliente on the Plaza at 6 p.m. led by Patty Aulik, director of Rhythm Soul Drumming in Ashland, Ore.

Aulik has been teaching percussion arts, music therapy, team building, performance and found sound art in Siskiyou County for more than 20 years.

Admission to the opening reception is free and all are welcome to attend. “Cuba!” continues at Liberty Arts through Oct. 18.