Two new art exhibits open April 30 in Fallbrook Library

Two Knights in Little Havana by Janice Cipriani-Willis
Two Knights in Little Havana by Janice Cipriani-Willis

FALLBROOK – The Friends of the Fallbrook Library will host two new art exhibits, “CUBA!” and Peter Mitten’s “Cloud Polyhedrons” featuring paintings, photographs and sculpture from April 30 to June 23. A reception honoring the artists will be held on Friday, May 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

On the Reading Patio, Peter Mitten “Cloud  Polyhedrons” exhibits abstract metal sculptures. Mitten is a preeminent local sculptor. For over 30 years, he has shown in group and one man shows and his work has become public art in many communities. He has taught sculpture in Fallbrook, at Palomar College and San Jacinto College and is treasured as a teacher and mentor.

In the community room, “CUBA!” is  brought to the library by six area artists/photographers: Janice Cipriani-Willis, Bob Kaler, Robin Erickson, Pat Dispenziere, Jorge Fèlix Diaz Gómez  and Michael Sykes.

Of the group, Diaz Gómez came to the USA from Cuba and Sykes leads travel tours to Cuba from California. Sykes shares works from his personal art collection collected on his travels.

Cipriani-Willis, Dispenziere and Erickson explored Cuba and returned rich with ideas that were transformed into beautiful water color paintings. Kaler and Diaz  Gómez, both noted photographers, captured thoughtful and provocative images while in that country.

Diaz Gómez  focuses on abstractions and Kaler photographs the vivid color so expressive in Cuba. All have works in private collections, teach classes and have won awards in local and national shows.

With this exhibit, everyone will have a chance to experience Cuba through the eyes of a very creative group. And as a very special addition, Sykes will show his 11-minute film, “Havana House” which won the People’s Choice Award at the Miami Film Festival last month at the reception on May 12.  Meet the artists and enjoy food and live music from 6 to 8 p.m. at this free event.

The library is located at 124 S. Mission Road. For more information, call (760) 731-4653.

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