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PRESS RELEASE | New gallery opens with exhibit of Cuban art

A Butchertown gallery opens with its first exhibit this month when Moremen-Moloney Contemporary presents “Cuban Art: Influence and Articulation” curated by Carlos Gamez de Francisco and Latin American art historian Yarima Hernandez.

Founded by interior designer Susan Moloney Byrd, owner of Moloney Smith Design, and art collector Susan Moremen, the gallery plans to exhibit contemporary art by established and emerging national and international artists.

Artist Gamez de Francisco’s work began to capture attention less than two years after he arrived in Louisville from his home country of Cuba with his sights set on painting. Since then, his work has been seen at several galleries around the city, including 21C Museum Hotel and the Muhammad Ali Center, where he was artist in residence for a year.

While this exhibit doesn’t include work by Gamez de Francisco, it does include works by three Cuban artists Maikel Dominguez, Lisyanet Rodgriguez and Yovani Caisé.

Dominguez’s paintings – carrying the subtitle “Beautiful Absences” – are intimate portraits that bear his subjects’ imperfections that bring out their humanity.

Rodgriguez describes her portraits – of charcoal on canvas – as “subtle realism.” They portray highly detailed images of people, animals and landscapes that present keen depth

Caisé, who titles his collection of works “Provocations,” creates expressionistic and figurative paintings that whirl with color to combine the beauty of the natural world, including humans and animals, with visual snatches of technology.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 9, through Oct 1. Opening reception is 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9.

WHERE: Moremen-Moloney Contemporary, 939 E. Washington St. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m., Saturdays, and onSunday, Sept. 11, or by appointment.

COST: Free admission

INFORMATION: (502) 727-3909; www.moremenmoloneygallery.com, www.maikeldominguez.com, www.lisyanet-rodriguez.co.uk, www.facebook.com/yovani.caise, www.carlosgamezdefrancisco.com

Reach reporter Elizabeth Kramer at (502) 582-4682 and ekramer@courier-journal.com. Follow her on Twitter @arts_bureau and on Facebook at Elizabeth Kramer – Arts Writer.

PRESS RELEASE | Floyd Central Theatre Arts Presents: BIG FISH

September 8-11, 2016

New Season Opens with a Splash!

Floyd Central opens its 2016-2017 theatre season with Big Fish, a highly fanciful and funny new musical about fatherhood, family, and forgiveness.  Based on the movie and novel by the same name, Big Fish introduces audiences to Edward Boom’s world of giants, witches, and other larger-than-life characters while touching the hearts of the young and old alike.  “We are hoping families will join us for this moving production,” says the show’s director, Robbie Steiner.  “It is a beautiful story that everyone can relate to on some level.  The cast, crew, and I have found ourselves deeply moved by these characters so we can’t wait to share them with our audience.”

Big Fish tells the tale of Edward Bloom (junior Mitchell Lewis), a man with a big heart and even bigger imagination. Edward’s son, Will (senior Gage Griffin), has grown up on his father’s stories of kissing a mermaid, befriending a giant and meeting Will’s mother, Sandra (senior Sarah Denison) at a circus. However, now a grown man recently married

Mitchell Lewis as Edward Bloom (left) & Sarah Denison as Sandra Bloom (right)

Mitchell Lewis as Edward Bloom (left) & Sarah Denison as Sandra Bloom (right)

and expecting a child with his wife, Josephine (junior Allie Lincoln), Will has grown out of such tall tales. Will simply does not accept these stories and finds that he is drifting farther and farther away from his father. Is it possible for Will to accept Edward before his life is cut short or will their relationship simply flop? Big Fish reels people of all ages in through the magic of storytelling as Edward’s tales come to life on stage.  Junior Sam Moore plays the larger than life giant, Karl, while juniors Brooklyn Ivey and Jordan Burger play a witch and a circus ringmaster turned werewolf.  Edward’s adventurous stories entertain while revealing a greater truth about his life and his big heart.

Big Fish is not only a show full of imagination and heart; it is filled to the brim with diverse and relatable characters.  Mitchell Lewis relies on memories of his own grandfather to help him create his version of Edward Bloom: “My grandfather was very similar to Edward.  Every time I talked to him he had a new story to tell me.  He always tried to lighten the mood and always had a joke, even living in the hospital near the end of his life.”  Mitchell explained that the show not only challenges him to take on a fatherly persona but also to develop authentic connections with the other characters in Edward’s life.  “It’s a love story, but not just about romantic love,” says senior Sarah Denison, who plays Sandra in the show, “However, Sandra and Edward do have one of the most beautiful relationships in musical theatre.”

While the performers are onstage sharing Edward’s stories, the Floyd Central Technical Theatre program is backstage helping them to come to life. Junior Megan Stapp, new to the world of technical theatre, shares her experience on working her first ever FC Theatre show as a tech: “Working behind the scenes on Big Fish, is a really eye-opening experience to everything that goes into the technical aspects of technical theatre. The show is so magical and being able to work it is an honor in itself.” Along with the inspirational story comes colorful lighting design, produced by sophomore Connor Nevitt. “Big Fish relies a lot on lights and projections to set the stage for Edward’s stories.  It is a show driven by emotion so the lights can help reflect the experiences of the characters for the audience,” says Nevitt.

Patrick Jump, Floyd Central’s Technical Director, leads a group of hard-working designers, managers, and technicians for this production.  The show’s Stage Manager is senior Jerran Kowalski, who is assisted by juniors Makenna Baughman and David Greenwell.  Senior Meredith Collings serves as the show’s Sound Designer and sophomore Jessica Bulliet as the Props Master.

Big Fish is directed and designed by Robbie Steiner with choreography by Hayie Rebilas and Musical Direction by Scott Bradley.  Vicki Hays, Janet Slaughter, and Susie Ems construct the costumes.

Parents are advised that while Big Fish is highly entertaining for all ages, it does deal with some heavy themes such as cancer and the death of a parent.

 

What? BIG FISH

Where? Floyd Central Auditorium

When? September 8, 9, 10  at 7:30PM and September 11 at 2:00PM

How Much? $12 Adults, $10 Senior Citizens, $6 Students

 

Tickets are available at www.floydcentraltheatre.org and over the phone at (812) 542-2284.