Studio updates from visual artist Mark Guglielmo

The Love Pours In

The energy is abuzz, the excitement palpable, people are showing up in droves. It's opening night for my new exhibition "Cuba In Transition: Narrative and Perspective." 

The overwhelming support this project has received thus far has blown me away. People of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life are having a profound, visceral connection with the work and are spreading the word. The gallery was packed for 4 hours straight, with estimates of more than 1,000 attending the opening. 

The press has showed up en masse with glowing features in print (Art New England, El Pueblo LatinoSpringfield Republican, Valley Advocate, Greenfield Recorder, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Preview Massachusetts, Take Magazine, El Sol Latino), on radio (New England Public Radio's Tertulia, WHMP's Bill Newman Show, and WTCC), and television (NBC22 Mass Appeal, ABC40 Better Western Mass).

A friend gifted delicious Cuban catering, two others all the wine, my favorite videographer Kazuhiko Iimura donated his services to capture the event (video above). The local Cuban and Latino community have embraced the work, a tremendous blessing I don't take for granted.

For an unplanned project hatched on the fly, it's been way more than I could have imagined. Where will it go from here? No one knows. Special thanks to all who came out for gifting me and super-curator Waleska Santiago-Centeno with this magical moment. I'll cherish it forever.

An elated artist and curator celebrating the fruits of our labor. (Photo: Ed Cohen)

An elated artist and curator celebrating the fruits of our labor. (Photo: Ed Cohen)