May 08--NORMAN -- The beauty of the cities and countryside of Cuba and the optimism, energy and spirit of the island's people will come alive in a multi-artist photographic exhibition, "Cuba 2014."
The one-night show is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Shevaun Williams & Associates Commercial Photography, 221 E Main St. It is being held in conjunction with the Norman Arts Council's Second Friday Circuit of Art.
The show follows a group of photographers, including exhibition hosts Shevaun Williams and Vanessa Rudloff, who visited Havana and Trinidad, Cuba, in January. They were granted special visas to visit the country as part of a cultural exchange.
"The Cuban people are so genuinely warm and hospitable," Rudloff said in a press release about the event. "We went to Cuba on a people-to-people exchange, and that is exactly what I came home with: the people."
Artistically speaking, Williams added, "Cuba is a labyrinth of streets with a complicated maze of color for a web of interest."
Other members of the group whose work is to be exhibited are Byron Annis, of La Crosse, Wis.; Darlene Cozby, of Austin, Texas; Kristin Kirkley, of Fort Worth, Texas; Barry and Dinah McNew, of Greenville, Texas; and Shanya Smith, of Chicago.
"Cuba 2014" provides a rare opportunity to meet the photographers and hear stories of their adventures in Cuba.
The exhibition will include a reception with free drinks and hors d'oeuvres to enhance viewers' Cuban cultural experience.
Other Second Friday Circuit of Art events will include an exhibit titled "All Fun & Games" by artist Matthew Kaney at the Firehouse Art Center, 444 S Flood Ave. Kaney's exhibit features the video arcade game as a medium of visual art.
The Performing Arts Studio and Depot Gallery, 200 S Jones Ave., will feature Joey Frisillo's solo exhibition "Oklahoma Colors: Earth, Sky and Water." An opening reception will begin at 6 p.m.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., will screen deadCenter short films and celebrate the opening of its current exhibits.
Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E Main St., will present an exhibition of works by University of Oklahoma master of fine arts candidates. The show will feature the thesis work of artists Sarah Engel-Barnett, Christopher Fleming, Qiang Tracy Shi and Jessica Wilson, along with Norman Arts Council individual artist Jamie Lim.
For a full list of art walk events, go to www.2ndfridaynorman.com.
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