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Continuing its series of exhibitions by outstanding U.S. artists, the San Diego County Library System will debut Vaqueros and Latitude 13: Images of Peru by Kentucky-based photographer Rhett L. Beck at a reception on Apr. 4 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.

The exhibition is Beck's first in California and will be on view through May 30 during library hours.

The Apr. 4 reception will feature an "art talk" by the exhibit curator Larry Moore and Peruvian music by flutist Adrienne Nims.  All are welcome.

Beck's background in horticulture and landscape design drew him to the stunning vistas of Peru -- Cuzco, Machu Picchu, rocky cliffs, mountain villages.  But he also found grim poverty violence, and urban decay and wove those realities into the stunning seascapes and landscapes, and portraits of Amazonian tribes and Peruvians that comprise Latitude 13.

Vaqueros--a word usually translated as "cowboys"--in Beck's hands becomes an affectionate term for children and families in California, Kentucky and Peru.  Vivid faces, idiosyncratic attire, and raw realism make this portrait series compelling.

The Lemon Grove Library, less than a year old, has already established a reputation for interesting and well-attended art exhibits and cultural programs, several assembled in association with the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

For more information about the Rhett Beck exhibit, contact the Lemon Grove Library, 619-463-9819.



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