Coffee @ Ten: Cuba through a Photographer's Eye

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On Tuesday, February 19, join Crooked Tree Arts Center for a Coffee @ Ten lecture entitled “Cuba through a Photographer’s Eye with Rob Harold and Hal Willens,” as both photographers share photos and stories about their remarkable Caribbean adventure.

In January, Rob Harold and his wife, along with fellow photographers Hal and Gail Willens, went to Cuba on the 9-day photographic tour “Cuba - A Different View” hosted by photographer Alan Ross. The trip was developed in partnership with Cuban Educational Travel (CET) to be both an educational and a people-to-people tour for photographers with an emphasis on highlighting more than just the traditional tourist spots. The group spent time in Havana, the Viñuales Valley, Cienfuegos, and Trinidad, meeting with artists, photographers, musicians, and dancers. 

Rob Harold and his wife Nannie Turrell are active members of the Crooked Tree Arts Center. As a CTAC Board Member and photographer, Rob has exhibited at CTAC, volunteered as a docent, and has taken several trips with members of the Crooked Tree Photographic Society. Rob retired to the Petoskey area four years ago after a long career in the construction industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Hal Willens has traveled extensively to photograph landscapes and people around the world. During his travels, he searches for the intimate details in nature and captures the vibrant life in diverse cultures. Hal’s work has been exhibited at CTAC, Somebody’s Gallery, and is on permanent display at Michigan Heart and Vascular Specialists in Petoskey. He has been recognized with honors in juried photography shows at CTAC and the Charlevoix Photography Club. Retired from Cardiology practice in Petoskey, he lives with his wife Gail on Pickerel lake in Alanson. 

Both Rob and Hal have work on display in the current Crooked Tree Photography Society exhibition in CTAC’s lower level gallery. 

Coffee @ Ten is sponsored in part by Roast and Toast of Petoskey. The Coffee @ Ten series is free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary, and all lectures begin at 10 a.m.