The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning on Tuesday, Oct. 19 will feature photographs depicting life in St. Paul’s sister city of Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.
Lowell Wolff will present “Images of Mexico” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Armory Arts and Events Center in Park Rapids. The program is open to the public, free of charge and handicap accessible.
Impressions of Mexico are often based on media reports or vacationing at a tourist destination. What is it like to live in a Mexican community, develop relationships with its residents and become immersed in Mexican culture? What is it like to live as a minority in another country?
Manzanillo is a metropolitan area of about 200,000 people on the Pacific coast. It is Mexico’s largest Pacific port and provides a gateway to exports delivered through the I-35 corridor in the U.S.
Wolff’s program features photographs reflecting the experience of living in the community of Las Brisas (“the breezes”) on Playa Azul (“blue beach”) in Manzanillo.
Participants will learn how Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is tied to the annual migration of monarch butterflies as they return to their mountain sanctuaries in Mexico. Pictures from travel to the cities of Guanajuato, San Miguel Allende, Morelia and Guadalajara are also included.
Wolff began taking photographs in the early 1990s. Early publications included seven community profiles for the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce, several of which received national awards. Collections of his photographs have been exhibited at the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids and the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.
His photographs have appeared in national publications, such as “The Artwork of Luis Jiménez,” published by the New Mexico Magazine Artist Series. Retiring after a 40-year career with Fargo Public Schools, he now lives in Park Rapids and Manzanillo.