Norman's monthly art walk will feature gallery openings, photographers' exhibition

The Second Friday Circuit of Art event in Norman will feature an exhibition of photographs from Cuba, among other offerings.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 8, 2014
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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.

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