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Of course I loved the zebra painting!

Of course I loved the zebra painting!

(Ecuador) Almost 200 people attended last night’s Student Exposition at Museo Bahia de Caraquez. Students of drawing, painting, computer, dance and drumming pooled their talents and put on a great show for their families and loved ones!

I still get a bit lost in the museum, which has many floors, starting at below-ground level.  The ground and second floor showcase an impressive collection of artifacts, and the ‘second floor” also has the director’s office, public bathrooms and a cute glassed artifact room not for public use.   Go up another flight of steps, and I think that’s the second floor!  Above that is the room for formal meetings, concerts and performances.    Skip to the top, and there’s a library, where I sometimes go to sit, peer out the windows and enjoy the solace.   What’s between is still a mystery to me!

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The old US Embassy and el Museo Bahia de Caraquez….

Museo Bahia de Caraquez

Museo Bahia de Caraquez

After enjoying a diverse range of talent shows, the group visited the art exhibition in the lower ‘workshop’ area of the museum. The packed room brought back memories of last Friday’s parade in Quito!

As far as the eye can see  Good Friday in Quito Ecuador

As far as the eye can see Good Friday in Quito Ecuador

Good Friday in Quito Ecuador

Good Friday in Quito Ecuador

Students of the arts at  Museo Bahia de Caraquez

Students of the arts at Museo Bahia de Caraquez

The exposition showcased the students’ work from the past month, and their twice-a-week classes will continue for several more weeks.  Parents and students beamed with pride at the colorful and diverse range of styles and subject matter.   They were also hungry and happy to see the refreshments arrive!

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Sixtina informed me that I would ‘Sleep here at the museum,” and a grand smile crossed my face! Unlike some people who work at the museum, I am happy to sleep in the same building as the ancient artifacts!  They were relived to know that I had zero ghost stories this morning!

View  from my room:  Bridge over Chone River and San Vicente...

View from my room: Bridge over Chone River and San Vicente…

Sixtina and I also firmed up a date for next year’s museum calendar. The museum will sponsor a showing of my work in May of 2016. Part of the show will showcase studies of my friends ‘The Antiguas,’ and the other will represent nature.

"ET" - The original artifact lives in Museo Bahia de Caraquez.  I said "Hello to him this morning!

“ET” – The original artifact lives in Museo Bahia de Caraquez. I said “Hello to him this morning!

Hopefully the power will be working again when I reach home, and if so, the next segment of the wedding story will continue! Happy weekend, everyone!

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