Cuba Week winds up in Brunswick

Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Culture

Cuba Week winds up in Brunswick

This piece by Elio Vilva Trujillo demonstrates his fascination with his African roots.

by Annee Tara

BRUNSWICK -- ´╗┐Brunswick's sister city is Trinidad, Cuba. Over the years citizens of Brunswick have gone to Trinidad to bring medical supplies and expertise, and many took part in the creation of a beautiful mural, "The Dance of Two Cultures", which hangs in Brunswick at the 11 Pleasant Street Art Center.

This week has been Cuba Week in Brunswick, a colorful community celebration.  Although some of the activities are already over, events will continue through the weekend.

On Friday, April 15, Live Afro-Cuban music by Olas at Frontier Café 7:30 p.m. Admission $10 in advance; $12 day of show. To reserve tickets in advance please call 725-5222.

On Saturday, April 16, Bowdoin Professor Michael Birenbaum Quintero and Dylan Blanchard will conduct an Afro-Cuban Drumming Workshop from 3-5 p.m. at Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal St. Free admission. Participation is limited to 20. All are welcome to observe.

Part of the exhibit

Cuban books will be on display at the Curtis Memorial Library and area restaurants and cafes will feature special Cuban dishes and refreshments on their menus. Participating businesses include: Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, bacari, Back Street Bistro,  Benchwarmers, Big Top Deli, El Camino, Flipside, The Gelato Fiasco, Henry & Marty Restaurant and Catering, Lilee's Public House, The Little Dog Coffee Shop, Pedro O'Hara's,  Provisions, Scarlet Begonias, 10 Water Street, Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe, and Wildflours Gluten Free Market & Bakery.

At the Frontier Cafe, there is a Cuban art exhibit which will continue through May 8. One of the featured artists is Elio Vilva Trujillo.

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Elio Vilva Trujillo is a self-taught painter and researcher on African themes “who has, for many years, dedicated himself to the art of the Orishas.  He has introduced his audiences to the complexity of each and every element associated with the deities.” “My paintings are a mosaic of dreams, images, baroque qualities and surrealism”, says Vilva.  Vilva’s  work depicts Orishas, or emissaries between the physical and spiritual world of the Santeria religion.  “Santeria is a spiritual practice, which is a mix of traditional African beliefs and the Catholic religion.”  Enrique Yepes, Bowdoin College professor of Spanish. His work has been shown throughout Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Dominican Republis, Belgium, and in art galleries in New York City, Los Angeles, California, and New London, Connecticut.

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