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Paintings by Evanston artist Joanna Pinsky that were inspired by her many trips to Cuba will be showcased at Oakton Community College’s Koehnline Museum of Art starting Thursday, July 14.

The public is invited to a kickoff reception on opening night from 5 to 8 p.m. at the museum, located at 1600 E. Golf Road in Des Plaines.

The exhibit, “Joanna Pinsky: Cuba ~ See”  runs through Friday, Sept. 16.

For Pinsky, Cuba is extraordinarily visual. While buildings are in a state of disrepair, the elegance of what once was comes through showing a mix of architecture ranging from Moorish, Spanish, French, Art Deco, and heavy Russian.

In contrast to the crumbling buildings are patches of vivid colors, music in the streets, and energy for change. Omnipresent are busts of José Martí, the Cuban national hero who died fighting for freedom from Spain in 1895.

During the summer, the museum is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Joanna Pinsky has a keen

    Joanna Pinsky has a keen visual sense of the textures, colors and societal influences of the world around her.  Art Encounter, the organization she co-founded in 1978, has taken groups to Cuba for the past 15 years.  Her observations of a newly communist country and the way it has affected it's citizens are reflected in her work.  Art and the arts have been important at keeping spirits and talent alive when people on the island has little else.  I am looking forward to this intriguing show.

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