PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.
- March 27, 2016
-- Photographer Lisette Otero-Lewis will be having an opening reception for her "Hopes, Dreams & Realities" photo exhibit which captures the spirit of the people of Canton, Mississippi. The opening reception will take place on Friday, April 8, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL. A small talk about her work will be held and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display from April 1st- April 30th, 2016.
This body of work was taken during the time she had her photography studio/ gallery business in Canton, MS, in 2012-2013. During this time in Canton, she had the privilege of taking portraits of the people, children, families and local celebrities that lived there. Even though the intention was not to exhibit this body as a whole, it became evident as she processed each image, the personalities of these individual told a story. The story of what it meant to grow up in the South, to be White or Black in a small town.
"My hope as you view these images that you see beyond the face of the person, beyond the age, beyond the color, beyond the clothes and actually connect with the essence of who they are, people with dreams, hopes, and realities." - Lisette Otero-Lewis
Lisette Otero-Lewis moved down to Punta Gorda from Mississippi with her husband and two girls, two years ago. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Art from Belhaven University and is currently a member of the Arts & Humanities of Charlotte County, and works out of her studio inside the Artisan Atelier in Punta Gorda.