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Vargas & Harbin Debut Cuban Exhibition

Community members browsed the gallery filled with art from nine Cuban artists.

On Saturday in an opening wine reception, Vargas & Harbin Studio Gallery debuted its latest exhibition, "Come Together," featuring Cuban artists who have a outstanding history together.

Nine prominent artists who once hailed from Havanna, Cuba, have reunited for the first time after thirty years to put together a collection celebrating their roots.

The nine Cubans were students at the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Art, the country's oldest and most prestigious arts school.

"It's amazing because after all those years, we notice how we change," said Reinaldo Vargas, co-owner of the gallery.

Vargas also curated the exhibition and featured many of his own mixed-media works. Some of the other artists include:

  • Violeta Roque, who displayed realistic oil-on-canvas pieces
  • Contemporary artist Cedey De Jesus, who currently resides in Miami
  • Lazaro Torres, whose featured works of abstract visions and figurative landscapes in exhibitions around the world
  • Surrealistic mixed-media artist Ricardo Torres, who passed away a few years ago

"We bring all the passion we have as Cubans, and we try to show the meaning of Latin American art, especially Cuba," said Vargas. He explained that he feels it's important because other South and Central American countries are highlighted so often that people aren't as familier with Cuban art.

"Come Together" will be displayed at Vargas & Harbin until June 2. The gallery is located at 27 S. Peachtree St. and is open Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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