NWC News Desk

Opening reception for "Chile: Arriba y Abajo" exhibition slated for April 30

Posted April 18, 2019
By NWC News Desk

An exhibition featuring the photography of 14 individuals who traveled to Chile in March will be on display in the SinClair Gallery at Northwest College. The opening reception is Tuesday, April 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Advising Center adjacent to the gallery.

Led by Jen Litterer-Treviño, NWC instructor of photography, a group consisting of 23 students and community members traveled on a 10-day excursion to experience the sights, sounds and culture of Chile.

“The name of our exhibition, ‘Arriba y Abajo,’ translates to up and down, which we felt describes the theme of our trip both metaphorically and geographically,” Treviño said.  

During the journey, travelers were tasked with photographing Chilean food, architecture, people, wildlife and a creative category that showcases “what Chile means to you.”

“The people of Chile were so friendly—we felt very welcome and safe everywhere we went during our travels,” she explained.

Just a few highlights of the trip included a walking tour of Santiago, a bus ride into the Andes Mountains, a boat ride to Magdalena Island, a full-day tour of Patagonia, an exploration of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, and a tour of the Concha y Toro winery.

One specific photography opportunity travelers looked forward to was the prospect of capturing images of Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island. The birds, named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who spotted them in 1520, are a South American penguin that breed in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil where they are occasionally seen as far north as Rio de Janeiro.

The diverse blend of scenery and experiences allowed travelers to take a variety of photos to be featured in the April 30 exhibition that will hang in the SinClair Gallery through Sept. 6.

Those featured in the exhibition include Dennis Davis, Nash Chase, Jeff Codevilla, Makenzie Colling, Jazmyne Collingwood, Katelyn Copenhaver, Jaydn Engelhardt, Alex Hunnes, Cyndy Jahn-Thomas, Emily McCaslin, Shyane Schultz, Tyler Whitaker, Jennifer Litterer-Trevino and Anthony Polvere.

The SinClair Gallery in the Orendorff Building is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free.

For further information, contact NWC Art and Galleries Coordinator Denise Kelsay at Denise.Kelsay@nwc.edu or 307-754-6499.

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Photo credit:Photos by Emily McCaslin, Jaydn Engelhardt and Jazmyne Collingwood