Gallery director gives
talk on Cuban art scene

Wilfredo Benitez, executive director of Fundación Ludwig Gallery, Havana, Cuba, gives a slide talk on Cuba’s contemporary art scene at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Bunnell Street Arts Center. The Ludwig Foundation is an autonomous and nongovernmental institution promoting contemporary Cuban artists and culture. Its programs include performances, festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, lectures, seminars, academic courses, workshops, conferences, scholarships and grants.

Benitez is fluent in English and also understands French and German. Benitez’ slide talk will be followed by a dinner with locals to talk about his center for contemporary art in Cuba.

Ohio artist starts residency Sept. 15

Rasmuson Artist in Residence Claudio Orso-Giacone visits Homer and Bunnell Street Arts Center for a residency from Sept. 15-Nov. 15. A community potluck is at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 followed by an artist talk at 7 p.m. at Bunnell.

Italian by birth, Orso-Giacone is a printmaker, paper artist, mask and puppet maker from Oberlin, Ohio. He was nominated by Zygote Press, who praised his ability to invigorate communities with his “dynamic and large personality and his very thoughtful, detailed, large-scale wood cuts.” As part of his residency, and in preparation for Wearable Arts, he presents a Maskmaking and Costume workshop from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Bunnell. Admission is free to Bunnell members and $25 general admission. Learn construction techniques for making a bird mask using recycled materials. From noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays up to Wearable Arts on Oct. 8 he also holds maskmaking and costume open studios, also at Bunnell. Admission is $25 for unlimited access to all the studios.

Movement, dance classes offered

The Homer Council on the Arts offers upcoming classes in body movement and dance. From 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Tuesday from Sept. 13-Nov. 15, Dotti Harness-Foster and Cathy Stingley present Insightful Body Moves, an exercise program designed to increase balance and stability, mobilize feet and hands, strengthen your core, practice vocalizing and swallowing, and redirect a “frozen” gait. People with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis or who have suffered strokes and traumatic brain injuries may find the class helpful.

The fee is $152 for HCOA members, $190 general or $22 per class.

From noon-1:15 p.m. Thursdays Sept. 13-Nov. 17, Kara Clemens teaches Dance for Connection. Trained in Compatible Dance Education, Clemens will lead the class through a series of movements that strengthen neural pathways while strengthening the body. The fee is $152 for HCOA members, $190 general or $22 per class. To sign up or for more information, call HCOA at 235-4288.

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