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Jun 7, 2013

Kazan: “Closed for Renovation”  

“Closed for Renovation” became a familiar refrain on my recent visit to Kazan, capitol of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. As host city for the 27th Universiade Summer Games, Kazan has been undergoing a makeover. Dozens of museums, hotels, and Orthodox churches and mosques (the city has plenty of both) are being cleaned up. And with less than a month to go before the opening event in the brand new 45,000 seat Kazan Arena, work across the city has reached a feverish pace. In these photographs I tried to capture this period of transition. When I was last here […]

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La Chanca  

“The perspective of Almeria, viewed from the heights of the Alcazaba, is one of the most beautiful in the world.” Juan Goytisolo, La Chanca Almeria’s Alcazaba, a Moorish castle perched above the city, overlooks the neighborhood of La Chanca. It is a historically impoverished zone made up of small dwellings built into the hillside on the outskirts of the city. The inhabitants painted their homes using whatever ingredients were available, resulting in a multicolored patchwork. Ruins still remain of a nineteenth century lead mining and transport operation that ran down the mountain to the nearby port. La Chanca has long […]

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Travels
May 16, 2013

Reading List  

Art exhibitions generally don’t come with a recommended reading list. Unless, of course, the exhibition is in a library.

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Travels
May 15, 2013

500 Years: Spain and the United States  

May 2013 marks 500 years since Juan Ponce de León landed off the coast of Florida. His was the first official European expedition to reach the mainland of what was to become the United States.

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Events
May 13, 2013

Miami Opening Reception: ‘Once Upon a Time in Almeria’  

Miami photographer Ryan Holloway captured some great images from the Opening Reception for ‘Once Upon a Time in Almeria’ and the Art of Storytelling Festival. Given the Spanish theme, the evening included Spanish wines, oversized pans of paella, and live flamenco music and dancing.

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Latest News
May 2, 2013

Mid City Artists Spring Open Studios!  

I will be participating in the Mid City Artists Spring Open Studios this month, highlighting new work from the La Chanca gypsy neighborhood in Almeria, Spain.  Mid City Artists Open Spring Open Studios May 18 & May 19th: 12pm – 5pm Download the map to guide you along or check our website closer to the event to get a free smartphone app that you can use on your tour. Mid City Artists (MCA) open the private studios where they make their art to the public. Tour 25+ studios, in the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street and Shaw neighborhoods. Walk […]

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Events
Apr 22, 2013

Installation at Miami Dade Main Library  

‘Once Upon a Time in Almeria’ opens Friday April 26 at the Miami Dade Main Library building in downtown Miami. Installation is almost complete and the work looks great in the space. Several large scale prints line the wall in the main lobby inviting visitors up the large central stairway to see the rest of …

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Events / Latest News
Apr 9, 2013

Options 2013 at Arlington Arts Center  

WPA Options 2013 on exhibit April 10 – June 9, opening reception April 13 6-9pm

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Events / Latest News
Apr 3, 2013

Miami-Dade Public Library System Presents: Once Upon A Time In Almeria by Mark Parascandola  

Here’s the press release for the Art of Storytelling exhibit! The show runs from April 26th through June 3rd. Main Library 101 West Flagler Street- 2nd Floor exhibition space Miami, FL 33130

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MDPLS “Art of Storytelling” Exhibit Opening: Once Upon a Time in Almeria  

Once Upon a Time in Almeria Mark Parascandola April 26 – June 3 Miami Dade Public Library Main Library – 2nd floor exhibition space 101 W. Flagler Street Miami Florida 33130 305-375-2665 During the 1960s and 1970s, the region of Almeria in Spain, was host to dozens of filmmakers who constructed elaborate movie sets, invoking locations from the American Southwest to Bedouin Arabia. Films shot here include Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Patton, and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood, of which some were inspired by both real-life events and fictional plays by Spanish poet/author Federico Garcia Lorca. Film directors […]

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