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CUBA AWAKENING is an exhibit of contemporary and folk art from Eastern Cuba

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The Studio at Gulf and Pine

Since the early 1960s relations with Cuba have been difficult; artists and those with a passion for the arts on both sides of the Florida straits have suffered from a lack of meaningful artistic exchanges.

Thanks to the efforts of Sarasota artist, Jean Blackburn, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria, FL, will present CUBA AWAKENING, a thought-provoking exhibit of Cuban contemporary and folk art,

 March 28th through April 23rd, 2014,

reception April 11, 6pm-9pm.

Jean went to Cuba to discover for herself the art scene there and to meet with Cuban artists and share her art with them. Her subsequent visits redefined the way she views Cuba and the artists who long to share their regional artistic identity and unique cultural diversity with others.

With the help of the Friendship Association of St. Augustine, Florida, Jean managed to gather the resources necessary to arrange a ground- ‐breaking exhibition of artists living in eastern Cuba.

Because of numerous obstacles to overcome, close to two years of planning were required to bring this project to fruition.

The Studio at Gulf and Pine, an art gallery on Anna Maria Island owned by Florida’s former first lady, Rhea Chiles and son Ed Chiles, graciously agreed to display the unique exhibit

CUBA AWAKENING. Sarasota artist, Craig Rubadoux, charged with the final selection for the exhibit, went to Cuba and brought back over fifty original works.

Twenty four well-known and emerging artists from Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Baracoa, and Camaguey have been invited to share their art through a range of genres and mediums; these works give insight into the culture, politics, and religion of Cuba.

We hope some of the artists will visit the U.S. and be present for the opening reception of CUBA AWAKENING on April 11.

This exhibit will redefine the way you view Cuba.

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  • Starting Friday, March 28th, 2014, repeated every day until Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — all day


The Studio at Gulf and Pine

10101 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, FL 34216


The Studio