“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
(Ecuador 2015) Back in February, I dropped by Museo Bahia de Caraquez and enjoyed reminiscing with the staff about the Mola Series Exhibition the museum sponsored back in 2012. Ready to work on a new series of museum artifacts, I asked permission to take a few photos. With a bit of red-tape, the director Sixtina Ureta authorized me to photograph a few of my favorite pieces. She also told me that my “Spiral” painting in their collection would be included in an upcoming show.
After a few delays, the museum’s most-recent show opened this morning for the viewing pleasure of a group of students. I knew there would be students, but I did not realize that they were students of art! Many wanted their photos taken with me in front of the spiral painting, and we had several laughs – especially when I crouched down with my back against the wall to be the same height as Sixtina. Several other artists and supporters of the arts attended the formal presentation – it’s always a special honor to witness extranjeros who attend the local events.
“My teacher would like for you to come downstairs,” one student said as the gathering ended. I followed Sixtina and others down the stairs to a level below the main floor. A second art event was about to begin! Continue reading