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Enrique Vera: Landscapes of Northern Mexico Staff Pick

When: Nov. 21-Jan. 2 2015
Price: free
www.mestizoarts.org
There is something about a self-taught artist who has developed the ability to look at the world through an artist's eyes. Peruvian-born Enrique Vera spent most of his life in the Nueva Leon region of northeast Mexico, and has developed an ability to capture the history, geography and culture of the region with his photography. Mestizo Gallery, in conjunction with local nonprofit organization Artes de Mexico en Utah, will present an exhibition of Vera's photography to close out its 2014 calendar. It's the first solo exhibition for Vera, whose photographs evoke the vast, open spaces of the region. But rather than portray an atmosphere of desolation, they convey a sense of awe at the sheer scale of the landscape. They are reminiscent of the work of Ansel Adams in their clarity and masterful composition, as well as in their reverence for the land and the impact it has had on those who inhabit it. Viewers may note resemblances between the locations he documents and the dusty, sometimes mountainous visions and vistas outside our own back door in the Mountain West. Vera will deliver an artist's talk on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m., in honor of the 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. That event will include a dinner in the culinary style of the region—RSVP, space limited to 25, $12 suggested donation. Mestizo will open its doors for a second reception during December's Gallery Stroll on Dec. 5. (Brian Staker)

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