Press Release

QUEENS CENTRAL LIBRARY OPENING NEW WINTER GALLERY EXHIBIT:  CUBA ORIENTE, CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS FROM EASTERN CUBA

Jamaica, NY – Queens Library’s Gallery is opening an important new art exhibit this winter, Cuba Oriente: Contemporary Paintings from Eastern Cuba. A collaboration of Meridian International Center and Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange, the exhibition will run during all library service hours from February 7 through March 19, 2006 at the Central Library Gallery,  89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica.  Admission is free; group visits welcomed.  Call the Gallery to arrange a guided tour.

The new winter exhibit features 40 rich and diverse paintings and prints by 14 artists ranging in age from their early 30s to mid-90s.  Several artists are self-taught; others include a former museum director as well as professors and graduates of the province’s art academies, including:  Reinaldo Pagán Ávila, Miguel Angel Botalín, Joherms Quiala Brooks, Antonio Ferrer Cabello, Alfredo Rodrígues Cedeńo, Marcos Pavon Estrada, Ruben Manuel Beltrán Guerra, Eddy Ochoa Guzmán, Alfredo Elíias Sáanchez Iglesias, Roel Caboverde Llacer, Levis Galano Londres, Orlando Piedra, Jorge Luis Hernández Pouyú, and Jose Julián Aquilera Vicente.

The paintings on display in Cuba Oriente vary in subject and are just a sample of the stunning artistic production from this talent-rich area.  From striking landscapes and urbanscapes to humorous abstracts to stylized social commentary, the art reflects the ethnic diversity of eastern Cuba, 650 miles from Havana, and often mirrors the complex relationship between Cuba and the United States.

Meridian International Center promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas and the arts.  Located in Washington, D.C., Meridian seeks to educate people of all ages about global issues, connect professionals from different countries, and enrich the cultural perspectives of audiences across the US and abroad.

Eastern Cuba Cultural Exchange was created in 1995 to foster an environment of goodwill through the sharing of cultural ideas.  The Exchange supports an ongoing collaboration between American artists and those of the Oriente region in Eastern Cuba through various artist exchange programs.

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