2019 SSC Art Exhibit featuring Jose Betancourt – Cuba: Reconstructing Memories

SSC_FineArtGalleryOctAd19Article photo courtesy by Jose Betancourt

Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer

The 2019-2020 season starts with an art exhibit featuring Photographer Jose Betancourt at the Seminole State College Fine Art Gallery. This art exhibit runs from October 3 – November 4, 2019. This show closes on the last day at noontime. All Students, Faculty, Staff, and the General Public are welcome to view these featured works of art during the regular Fine Art Gallery hours along with theater intermission time too. This is a free art exhibit open to everyone.

Everyone is invited to attend the Open Reception on Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 5-7pm. The artist is expected to make a brief presentation about his work. Followed by questions and answers session from the artist. After the gallery talk, light hors d’oeuvres are served.

It is a quick drive from Downtown Orlando to the Main Campus of Seminole State College in Sanford. Check your GPS for the best route to the college. When arriving on Seminole State College property to visit Art Gallery at the Center for Fine and Performance Arts, you will want to park closest to the Performing and Fine Arts Building. Look for signs direction drivers to the Art Gallery. Parking is free. Then look for the G-building, which has a brick exterior. There are multi-able entrances. The college address is at 100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773.

Here is a brief summary about this exhibit. In June of 1971 José Betancourt’s life changed forever, literally in a matter of minutes. With his suitcase and a toy plane, Betancourt traveled with his parents from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida. The flight was part of the Freedom Flights that carried over 250,000 Cubans to a new life in the United States between 1965 to 1973. Everything was left behind except what Betancourt and his family could carry. As a five-year-old he had no idea what this meant.

For this exhibition, Betancourt chose to assemble a group of photographs that are initiated by memory. Part of his method was to write down what he remembered and apply the photographic technique that best communicated his unclear image. The pictures are usually missing something or manipulated to a surreal state. Sometimes they seem as simple as the artist’s memories. Information taken from seminolestate.edu . To learn more about this photographer please visit josebetancourt.com/ .

When visiting the SSC Art Gallery, there are several prohibited items, which are large bags, backpacks, video/still cameras, selfie sticks, food and drinks, etc. Also, it is encouraged to donate to the monetary fund to keep this art gallery running into the future.

For other art exhibits at Seminole State College please visit www.seminolestate.edu/arts/events/gallery . Please support our local arts community. If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. Also, join to be one of our followers at otownfun on WordPress. For more great events, places, and articles, please visit us at www.otownfun.com .

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