Etherton Gallery opens its season - and 30th year - with a blockbuster: "Ojos bien abiertos/Eyes Wide Open," featuring the works of Alice Leora Briggs, Luis Gonzalez Palma and Rodrigo Moya.
Moya photographed political unrest in Latin America during a particularly tumultuous time, the 1950s and '60s. The exhibit features many of his iconic images from that era, including photos of revolutionary Che Guevara.
Briggs sgrafitto drawings - sgraffito is a method of scratching lines on a plaster surface - are in the show, as are her works from "Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez," a collaboration with writer Charles Bowden.
Palma hails from Guatemala, and his works in the show will include recent pieces from his series "Your Gaze Distorts Me Without Knowing It." The series of portraits of women was inspired by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and, according to a press release, "articulates Palma's belief that 'when we see, we do not see what we see, we see who we are.' "
Palma and Briggs will be at the opening reception, slated for 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Etherton, 135 S. Sixth Ave. In addition, Palma will talk about his work at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center for Creative Photography, in the University of Arizona Fine Arts Complex, North Park Avenue and East Speedway.
The show continues through Nov. 6. Call Etherton at 624-7370.
Fundraiser to benefit relief efforts in Haiti
Nurse practitioner Jennifer Trainor has spent years in Haiti providing medical relief.
Her powerful photos will be featured at a fundraiser this weekend to benefit public health and medical relief efforts in Haiti.
Trainor picked up a camera as a teen, but after a theft of her equipment during a trip to Europe, she became discouraged. It wasn't until five years ago, when she began her work in Haiti in earnest, that she began to snap photos again.
Catch her photographs at Espresso Art, 944 E. University Blvd., from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the fundraiser, or at the cafe through September. Buy them - 100 percent of the profits go to Haitian relief.