Wheaton Chamber members collaborate on Frida Kahlo photo exhibition

WHEATON – A fine art portrait photographer and several other Wheaton companies have collaborated on a “Homage to Frida” art exhibit that opens Friday.

The “Homage to Frida” art portraits that will be unveiled were created by chamber musician Miguel Morna Freitas. Her exhibit is being curated by the chamber to recognize the exhibit “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” held at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art on the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn.

A 6 to 8 p.m. reception on Friday July 9 at the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, 108 E. Wesley St., is free and open to the public. Another reception will take place from 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday, August 6, to honor all the artists who have contributed to the “Hommage à Frida” exhibition. The portraits will remain on display until September 6.

“It’s hard to believe that after three months of research and planning, a glorious day of shooting and many more hours of selection, design and retouching, the portraits will be ready for the audience,” Freitas said. .

The project involved Wheaton Chamber members Andrew and Tonya Parravano from Andrew’s Garden, Jill Ludvigsen from Danada House and Bob Green from DuPage Framing Center.

Carolina Ocampo, founder and director of the Maria Bonita model agency, helped Miguel with his vision. A seven-hour photo op was held at Danada House in Wheaton and St. James Farm in Warrenville, a DuPage County Forest Preserve property, on a hot Sunday in June.

In addition to his relationship with the chamber, Miguel’s photographic project included Gustavo Loza, senior coordinator of the modeling agency; Frida models Bianca Cahue, Anais Salinas and Bianca Castrejon and their chaperones; Justyna Kaczor-Marin, stylist at Atelier Makeup in Chicago; Alex Lopez, stylist and hairstylist and official makeup artist for Univision Chicago and Alex Lopez Salon; and Erika Espinosa from Colores Mexicanos, who supplied the Frida dresses and jewelry to the models. Miguel’s daughter, professional dancer Clara Morna Freitas, participated in the photography.

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