Postcard front_resized“Patrimonio: Visions of Cuba” exhibition to open on Thursday, June 30 in Keeseville

KEESEVILLE — When photographer Penny Clute and artist and architect MJ Sagan traveled to Cuba one year apart, they visited, and captured, some of the same extraordinary places.  The exhibition, Patrimonio: Visions of Cuba, at the Clayton Family Gallery pairs their complimentary and contrasting visions of this fascinating, complex and changing country. 

The opening reception with the artists will be on Thursday, June 30 from 5-7pm, with refreshments and Cuban music. Two gallery talks will also be presented during the summer. On Thursday, July 14 at 7pm, Penny Clute will discuss “Cuba on the Cusp” and show slides from her visit to Cuba. On Thursday, July 28 at 7pm, AARCH Communications Director Mary-Nell Bockman will speak on “Preserving Patrimony: Lessons of the Cuban Experience,” about architecture and preservation work. The talks and reception are free and open to the public.

The Clayton Family Gallery is on the ground floor of the offices of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), 1745 Main Street in Keeseville. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm or by special arrangement.  For more information call 518-834-9328 or visit www.aarch.org.

Penny Clute, a widely-exhibited Plattsburgh-based photographer, went to Cuba in January 2015 with a small photography group. Besides walking the streets of Havana and Trinidad, she spent time in a boxing gym, at ballet classes, with an Afro-Caribbean dance troupe and a ballerina, and in three old mansions – places and scenes she captured with her lens. Her work can be seen at her website HERE.

MJ Sagan traveled to Cuba with AARCH in January 2016 on a tour focused on the architecture and preservation efforts there.  She sketched in the plazas and streets of Old Havana and Trinidad; in the remarkable historic centers of Cienfuegos and Sancti Spiritus; and in several other towns.  She produced dozens of drawings on the spot and created oil paintings, collages and sketches from the images on her return. More information about MJ Sagan is available HERE.