Later this month Santa Rosa Junior College will host a "Cuban Film and Music Festival," at both Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses, from March 27 – 30. The festival will include films on women, literacy and boxing, and conclude with a jazz concert on March 30. Patch will have more details on these events later this week.
But if you can’t wait for your artistic visit to the Caribbean island nation, take a short hop to the Mahoney Library Gallery in Petaluma, currently featuring work by three artists who have traveled and lived in Cuba. “The Diversity of Cuba: Images of Today” features photographs, paintings, and video art by Cris Gondak, Nelson E. Enriquez Álvarez and Lisette Poole through April 15.
Photographer Cris Gondak has explored lands and peoples over six continents, and has studied with masters Galen Rowell and Freeman Pattersen. The photos she is showing are from a visit to Cuba in 2010.
Nelson E. Enríquez’s multimedia work explores themes of travel, frontiers, consumerism and material scarcity on and off the island of Cuba. He has exhibited widely in Cuba in both personal and collective exhibitions, and internationally in Germany and the U.S.
Lisette Poole is a Cuban-American photojournalist. She has collaborated with artist Nelson Enriquez and has exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Cuba.
The Mahoney Library Gallery is located on the Petaluma Campus at 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway in Petaluma, CA. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public. A $4.00 parking permit is required in campus lots.