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  • Cuba Through Our Lenses -- works by NH Art Association photographers

    PORTSMOUTH – The works of three New Hampshire Art Association photographers depicting their time in Cuba together in March 2019 will be on exhibit during September at the Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
     
    Kevin Molloy, Pat Kennedy-Corlin and Carol Van Loon joined two other friends for a photographic trip to Havana, Cuba. The three bonded on early morning treks through the city and espresso shots held out through window grates. 
     
    They watched the sun rise over the Malecón and photographed the streets as the sun went down. There were journeys out of the city to wander through Fusterlandia – an entire town full of amazing art and unlimited Piña Coladas. They made trips to a tobacco farm in Viñales, spent time bird watching at Laguna de las Salinas, and a took a short boat ride to the municipality of Regla, across the bay of Havana.
     
    The images on display in "Cuba Through Our Lenses: A Photographic Journey with Tres Amigos" were for the most part taken when they were together, yet each brought their own sensibilities to their images. 
     
    Kennedy-Corlin, who was making her second trip to Cuba, chased after the many dogs on the streets. Molloy was interested in capturing the Cuban people and their many occupations, while Van Loon photographed buildings and spaces.
     
    Molloy grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York and earned a degree in business at Northeastern University.
     
    “My friends and I hiked, biked and had great adventures on the Delaware River on anything that would float,” he said. “That formed a love of the outdoors for life. I started taking pictures as a teenager and had my own darkroom for years.”
     
    He jumped at the chance to go to Cuba when presented with the idea thinking that it might not be possible ever again
     
    “I was taken with the warm and friendly people and their cuisine,” Molloy said.  “I noticed how many people were laughing and smiling in spite of not having many of the things that we take for granted.”
     
    Van Loon of Dover is a black and white photographer who studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.  She has always photographed the places and objects she is surrounded by with an interest in what humans have touched and how it relates to the landscape, and also architectural details, textures, shapes and how light affects them all.
     
    She fulfilled a life-long dream to “make it to Cuba before McDonalds,” she said.
     
    “It would have been too late to see Cuba as I found it – would have been too American,” she said. “I was taken by the beauty of the crumbling structures and sad to think that someday so much of Havana would eventually fall down.”
     
    Kennedy-Corlin is an award-winning, New Hampshire-based photographer specializing in classically creative pet portraiture. An avid wildlife, landscape and travel photographer, she enjoys stepping away from her studio work to explore the globe with her cameras.
     
    She returned to Cuba with the goal of completing a body of work that began three years earlier. 
     
    “I fell in love with Cuba the very moment I disembarked for the first time,” she said. 
     
    “As fate would have it, I would leave the island suffering a devastating family loss but I knew that someday I would return to finish what I’d started there. Sharing this new journey with such good friends and completing ‘The Canines of Cuba Collection’ would come to be a gift of healing for my soul.”
     
    The gallery is following the CDC and state’s recommendations for safety while visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 603-431-4320 if you have any questions or would like to make a private appointment to visit the gallery due to any concerns.
     
    The New Hampshire Art Association is celebrating its 80th year and is the oldest art association in the state.

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    ‘Cuba Through Our Lenses: A Photographic Journey with Tres Amigos’
    Where: New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth NH
    When: Sept. 2 – Sept. 27. There will be an online reception on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Please visit www.nhartassociation.org for more information on this.
    Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.: closed Mondays. (Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please call the gallery regarding hours before traveling a distance at 603-431-4230.)