This was written by journalist Fabiola Santiago this past week in The Miami Herald.
Two galleries in Little Havana are debuting solo shows this weekend:
• Inspired by the literature of Alejo Carpentier and the Alain Resnais film Last Year at Marienbad, Cuban artist Francisco Sánchez created a series of paintings for A Journey of Reverie, opening at 7 p.m. Friday through Feb. 9 at Cremata Fine Art, 1646 SW Eighth St., Miami. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and Mondays by appointment; 305-644-3315; www.crematafineart.com. Sánchez is an Honors MFA graduate from Moscow's Surikov Institute and also studied at Havana's San Alejandro Academy and Instituto Superior de Arte. The show's curator, Justo J. Sánchez, lectures (in English) on his works at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23; free event.
• Cuban artist Dominica Alcántara's latest works are inspired by an old tale -- Don Quijote -- and her travels last year through La Macha, the Spanish region where Cervantes set his legendary story. See paintings like the acrylic on canvas, Aventura de los molinos (Windmill Adventure), above. Alcántara's show, Por los caminos de La Macha (Through the Roads of La Mancha), opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and runs through Feb. 7 at Zu Galería, 2248 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786-443-5872; www.zugaleria.skyrock.com.