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Cuba For Keeps: a Thursday Evening with Milly West

Milly West with artist Ever Fonseca, Havana (photo by Milly West, copyright)
Milly West with artist Ever Fonseca, Havana
Photo by Milly West©

The VOX PRESS, the nonprofit arts organization based in Oxford, is presenting an opportunity for aspiring photographers to learn from an experienced photographer, Milly West.

The event will be held at the Powerhouse tomorrow night starting at 7 p.m. Milly West will lecture on her pioneering book of Cuban photography in part with the VOX PRESS’ Artist Series. She will talk about “what might be a softening of political barriers” in addition to her work as a photographer in Cuba.

Louis Bourgeois, executive director of VOX PRESS, said, “Cuba comes to Oxford (at this event). Don’t miss it!”

Jorge Sanfiel with the Cat on Wheels (photo by Milly West, copyright)
Jorge Sanfiel with the Cat on Wheels
Photo by Milly West©

West, nationally renowned photographer whose works are featured from New Orleans to Washington D.C. and in private collections, has recently returned from her trip to Cuba.

She said, “I’ve had a wonderful trip and collected some great art, but for this presentation on Thursday, I will also be talking about the life I observe – wonderful and often hard every day events in the lives of my Cuban friends. The pictures will tell the story and after that, anyone can add their comments or ask questions.”

 Artist Blanca Rosa Chacon at home, Holguin (photo by Milly West, copyright)
Artist Blanca Rosa Chacon at home, Holguin
Photo by Milly West©

West was also a former owner of the Southside Gallery where she began collecting art from Cuba to showcase on the Square since 1996. She has showcased Cuban artwork at Tres Puertas Gallery near her home in Oxford to introduce art collectors in United States to bright colors and innovative artwork of Cuban artists.

The event is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served. There is a suggestion of a $5 donation to help VOX PRESS continue to arrange more artist series in Oxford. Its series is supported in part by Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for Arts.

Callie Daniels is a staff reporter at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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