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Costa Rican Photo Exhibit by Cynthy Mandl

  • Date: 04/06/2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  
  • Location: Richfield Community Center
    7000 Nicollet Ave
    Richfield, Minnesota 55423
  • Introduction: The Richfield Friendship City Commission and the Richfield Arts Commission present an exhibit of photos from Costa Rica by Richfield's Friendship City Ambassador, Cynthy Mandl. The exhibit opening is Saturday, April 6, 1:00-3:00 pm, at the Richfield Community Center (7000 Nicollet Ave).

The City of Richfield’s Friendship City and Arts Commissions are teaming up to host a photo exhibit that displays the natural beauty surrounding Richfield’s friendship city, Heredia, Costa Rica.

Cynthy Mandl, Richfield’s resident ambassador to Heredia, Costa Rica and local artist, will open an exhibit of her photos from Costa Rica with a reception on Saturday, April 6 from 1-3 p.m., at the Richfield Community Center, 7000 Nicollet Avenue.

Over the past 30 years, Mandl has taken 28 trips to Costa Rica, including a two-year span where she lived in the country with her husband from 2012-2014.

“Since my first trip to Costa Rica, I have amassed more than 35,000 photos,” explained Mandl. “As you can imagine, Costa Rica’s wildlife and natural environment is very different than Minnesota. The country has everything from lowlands to mountains to oceans. That is what I am celebrating in my photo exhibit.”

Following the reception, Mandl’s photos will be on display at the community center through May 30 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The reception will include refreshments and coloring pages for youth attendees.

Heredia, Costa Rica is a city of 123,616 residents in the heart of the country. The two cities have been associated with each other since 1991.

“For me, Heredia is a second hometown,” reminisced Mandl. “The connections that have been forged between residents of Richfield and Heredia keep building and building and building.”

In the past, the two cities have partnered together in student exchange programs, soccer tournaments and philanthropic initiatives.

Heredia’s most recent contribution to the City of Richfield can be found behind the Municipal Center in Heredia Park, a statue created by artists Guillermo Hernandez. Hernandez’s statue, entitled “Sophia,” depicts a young girl playing soccer. It was donated in 2017.

The photo exhibit is the latest installment of the rotating display of artwork by local artists at the community center, sponsored by the Richfield Arts Commission.

The event is presented by the Richfield Friendship City Commission.

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