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"Cape Verde Vistas" featured at URI's Feinstein Providence Campus

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

Gallery Night Reception July 15, 5-9 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- June 30, 2004 -- "Cape Verde Vistas: A history, a people, and a culture" will be celebrated through a new exhibition at The University of Rhode Island's Feinstein Providence Campus during the month of July in recognition of Cape Verdean independence.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs through Aug. 6, 2004, with a Gallery Night Reception on Thursday, July 15th, from 5 to 9 p.m. The reception includes a special performance by renowned storyteller Len Cabral at 7:30 p.m. The Gallery is located in the first and second-floor lobbies at 80 Washington St. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The mixed media exhibit explores the Cape Verdean history and culture through painting, illustration, collage, photography, creative writing, storytelling, music and artifacts from local Cape Verdean communities in Fox Point Providence, East Providence, and New Bedford, Mass.

The exhibit features works by: photographer and historian Ron Barboza (one of his photographs is shown above), painter Boaventura "Ben" Barros, and illustrator Terencio Lopes of New Bedford, Mass; painter Matt Barros (one painting is shown at left), photographer Dean Delomba, painter and journalist Alberto T. Periera, and collage artist Barbeo Barros-Gizzi, and artifacts from Elisa Ferreira of Providence; painter Jorge Miranda of Rumford, R.I.; painter and illustrator Maurice Costa of Boston; Poet, Sculptor, illustrator Vasco RA Pires of E. Falmouth, Mass.; and painter David Ferreira of Cape Verde. These artists either were born in Cape Verde or share the Cape Verdean heritage.

The monthly exhibits and performances at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus explore social issues that impact the urban setting and celebrate the diversity of cultural heritage represented by the people who comprise the community.

For More Information: Steven Pennell, 277-5206