Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-08-09

Samford University Art Gallery will host a Celebration of Latin American Art Aug. 20-Sept. 27.

The exhibit features art, photographs, clothing, jewelry, oil paintings, hand-woven basketry and other artifacts from Latin American cultures. More than 300 items represent life in the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Pieces range from a colorfully painted Cuban cigar box, to an antique wooden "poor box" from a church in Ecuador, to a stylish Panama hat complete with carrying case.

"The collection offers an interesting glimpse into the cultures of people who live south of the U.S.," noted gallery director Robin Snyder, adding that some of the tapestries are made to tell a story.

One such piece from Chile is a social commentary on the late General Augusto Pinochet's regime. Pinochet was president of Chile from 1974-1990.

The show is presented in conjunction with the Samford Department of World Languages and Cultures, Bare Hands Gallery and Sojourns Fair Trade store. Some items are for sale.

Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (205) 726-2840.