Les Beaux Arts Presents “Cuba: Through My Lens”

This past July 23, the United States and Cuba exchanged embassies after many decades of cold war. Cuba became communist after the second World War and since then, has been under economic sanctions which froze the island in a moment of time. Following the announcement by President Obama in December of 2014, to lift some sanctions and normalize diplomatic relations, traveling to Cuba became possible for Americans.

In light of this historical event, Les Beaux Arts Gallery will exhibit a collection of photographs featuring views and street scenes from Cuba by Barbara O’Shea, a well known artist photographer from Greenwich. The show opens on Sunday, October 18 and will run through Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

About her visit to Cuba, O’Shea said: “Its color, rich history, dazzle and decay all spoke at once. The American cars in varying degrees of shine, the classic architecture decked with everyday laundry, the monuments, reverently preserved, all called for attention. The people in the city, while polite and helpful, possessed a sense of purpose and intensity. I kept thinking, ‘caught between’: Their world seemed caught between then and now, the faded glamour, the promise and the reality. I don’t pretend to understand Cuba after a week’s visit but I was intrigued by the depth of its culture and the strength and resilience of its people. In this work I hoped to find the honesty in the moments that I witnessed.”

O’Shea’s love of photography started at an early age. She was most influenced by the story telling photographers Dorothea Lange and Diane Arbus, and like them, she searches for the story behind the photograph. Her work has appeared in Greenwich Magazine and several other publications. She graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Marywood University then studied with Arthur Leipzig at the ICP (International Center of Photography). She also took Master classes at the Maine Photographic Workshops with Costa Manos and Eli Reed of Magnum. She has exhibited widely and won numerous awards. O’Shea’s passion is exploring and capturing the world and people around her.

Les Beaux Arts Gallery is located in the Round Hill Community Church at 395 Round Hill Road in Greenwich. The Gallery is open Sunday, 11 a.m. to noon; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Saturday. For more information, call 203/869-1091 or visit roundhillcommunitychurch.org.

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