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June 27, 2013

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Dance the rumba!

The public is invited to tap their rhythm for Rumba en el Parque, a free outdoor Latin Dance event to be held Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at Campagnone Common Park in Lawrence.

“Rumba” is a family of percussive rhythms, song and dance that originated in Cuba as a combination of the musical traditions,” the organizers explain. “The name derives from the Cuban Spanish word rumbo which means ‘party’ or ‘spree.’”

This event is sponsored by the city of Lawrence along with a variety of other organizations and volunteers.

Imagine this ...

Jean Curley and Bruce Wood have unleashed their imaginations in creating a cohesive exhibit for their joint show, aptly titled, “Imaginations Unleashed.”

The show features “Textures” and “Faces,” several emerging series of watercolor paintings by Curley, and a new collection of found object sculptures by Wood.

The exhibit at The Loading Dock Gallery runs from July 3 to 28, with an opening reception Saturday, July 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Wood, who likens himself to the neighbor kid “Sid” in the movie Toy Story, enjoys cutting up old toys and broken equipment to combine them into an “adventure for the eye.” He looks for a variety of shapes, textures, and colors as he selects common objects from flea markets, thrift stores and roadside trash, and then reanimates them into humorous and mysterious creatures. The closer one examines his creations, the more discoveries the viewer will find.

Curley, a watercolorist whose past subjects have typified florals and landscapes, has expanded her techniques and thinking to explore pigments, textures and untraditional methods for preparing and presenting watercolors. The results of her explorations are unplanned imaginative works that evolved as the subject of each painting revealed itself to the artist.

The Loading Dock Gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4.

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