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¡Hola Cuba! – Travel Photography by Carol Pike

The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibition of photos, “¡Hola Cuba!: Travel Photography by Carol Pike,” from September 5 through December 15, 2017, in the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A reception will be held on Friday, September 22, from 2-4 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Retired teachers Carol Pike and Martha Tenney traveled to central Cuba in May 2016 with a “people-to-people” tour group through the Grand Circle Foundation. The photographs in the exhibit document their journey from Camagüey to Havana. Along the way, they met people from all walks of life, learning about their culture, history and everyday concerns. “My hope is that the photographs I selected for this exhibit provide an introduction to the warm and resourceful Cuban people, a look at their colorful and vibrant culture, and a glimpse of some of the challenges they face,” said Pike. Pike’s interest in photography began in 2003 when she bought her first digital camera. After taking several photography classes, she started submitting her work to the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Valley Views column as well as group exhibits at the Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton, Mass. and Green Trees Gallery in Northfield, Mass. Pike has also created four solo exhibits at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield; her most recent, A Portrait of Cuba, was the basis for her current exhibit at UMass. Initially interested in capturing nature, her focus has shifted to photographing her travels. In addition to Cuba, she has recently traveled to Turkey, and the Netherlands. Next year, she and Tenney plan to visit Tanzania. Pike, a retired math educator, is a resident of Northfield, Mass.
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