Recent grad to hold art reception for professional project photos

Stephanie Parker, a recent graduate of the J-School’s Master’s program, will be hosting an art reception for the photographs she took while reporting her professional project in Nicaragua.

The photos tell the story of a family living in El Sontule, a small coffee growing community in the mountains of Nicaragua, as they try to deal with a fungal epidemic known as “coffee rust”. The reception is Thursday, Feb. 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Buttercup Market and Café and her photos will be on display all month.

“I figured it would be nice to exhibit the photos and a cafe made sense because it’s a story about coffee,” Parker said.

The reception will feature baked goods and snacks that incorporate coffee and Buttercup is serving Nicaraguan coffee all month to go along with the photos.

Parker said she hopes the photos make people think about where their coffee comes from and also evoke an itch to travel.

She traveled to Nicaragua twice to report on the coffee rust epidemic and conducted most of her interviews in Spanish.

“These photos literally show the human faces of where our coffee comes from, so maybe they’ll make people a little more aware of how their coffee is grown and by whom,” she said.

Parker graduated from the master’s program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism in May 2014.

- posted on 02/09/15 -