Lissa Barber’s photography exhibit From Cuba with Love: Faces & Places will be on display in the Atrium Gallery at the Bozeman Public Library May 1 through June 30, 2014. The Bozeman Public Library Foundation, sponsors of the exhibit, will host an artist’s reception Friday, May 9, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
“There's certainly not just one thing about Cuba that pulls my heart strings” says Barber, “What I know for sure is that Cuba and her people speak to me.” Barber, who has a journalism degree from Ohio University and has worked in both the journalism and photography fields, is currently a professional portrait photographer in Bozeman. “I started playing with a camera when I was nine or ten years old. I coupled my love of horses with making photographs of them using an old Kodak Brownie camera.”
She finds portrait photography to be an art form that provides endless opportunities to capture a person’s nature. She took this passion to Cuba in January, 2011, with a group of photographers, and again in November, 2013, as a member of a women’s delegation to attend an International Women’s Symposium, and wants to share with the public what she has captured and learned about this intriguing island.
“Visions of what life in Havana in its ‘hey-day’ must have been like are thrilling. The Revolution has left its mark everywhere. And, the stories of what transpired in and around that time is an element I'm fascinated with. Cuba is ninety miles south of the United States, yet so far away in many respects,” says Barber.
The exhibition will be on display during Library hours. A percentage of photograph sales will go to the Bozeman Public Library Foundation to ensure continuation of cultural programs at the Library for public benefit.