I am an official participant in the 2018 East Austin Studio Tour. I will be exhibiting recent photography from Cuba and New Orleans at my studio in the Canopy complex. As a participant in EAST I will also have a photograph in the group exhibit at Springdale General.
I have chosen Portrait of Alicia (Just for You) to be included in the EAST group show. A friend introduced me to Alicia while I was in Havana early this year. Alicia is in her eighties and had survived three husbands. We visited her in her apartment and talked about her life. If I remember correctly, one of her parents was Cuban, the other Jamaican. After talking with Alicia for a while in her apartment, I asked if I could make a portrait of her. She grabbed my hat from the table, looked at me, and said she had a very special pose. “Just for you,” she said. I of course blushed, and obliged with the portrait. Later she explained her pose as one she had seen in the fashion magazines, and she brought out several issues. She gave me a copy of La Familia from August 1943 as a gift. And of course I have this photo to remember her by.
Kevin Sweeney Photography/
Rare Specimen Design
EAST location 304 (Canopy Complex)
916 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702
East Austin Studio Tour is a free, annual, self-guided art event in East Austin.
November 10–11 & 17–18
Due EAST 2018: East Austin Studio Tour Kick Off Party and Exhibition Opening
Thursday, November 8, 7-10pm
Springdale General,1023 Springdale Rd
$45 General Admission Ticket
For catalog and map visit: east.bigmedium.org