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My life-long friend the pencil!

My life-long friend the pencil!

“Art is the signature of civilizations.”- Beverly Sills

(Ecuador) Using my.yahoo.com as email provider home page, I view the most-recent emails, the 5 top news stories, news of Ecuador/Latin America,  weather stats for specific locations,  and science and arts stories.  The custom page provides a quick summary of the day’s pulse when I log onto the internet.

One column features amazing works of art, and whenever possible I follow that link and savor Lines & Color’s ‘Eye Candy’...  This week featured a black rectangle to illustrate a more-serious post.     Please take time to read Charley Parker’s  Lines & Colors Is On Strike Today

From Lines & Colors: “…Yes, it’s a small, mostly symbolic gesture, but so are the recently announced plans by the incoming administration to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting…”

This AMAZING group of students repeated every sentence I spoke!

Museo Portoviejo – Ecuador – This AMAZING group of students repeated every sentence I spoke in English!

I pondered how to share my own thoughts regarding the importance the arts play in our world.   The best option seems to illustrate with images from old posts, where art played a large role in bringing people together while introducing them to the magic of self discovery.

We’ll start in Jama Ecuador, where locals are still recovering from the earthquake.  I am not sure if this tree is still there, but in the past, the whimsical art continued to smile at those who considered looking up….

Luis could not stop painting! Jama Ecuador

Luis could not stop painting!   “After the post-painting contest”  2012 – Jama Ecuador (See below)

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He doubted his work and soaked in positive encouragement…

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The same artist painting with amazing confidence a year later…

Supporters of the arts that attended the opening reception of The Mola Series 2012 were rewarded with a surprise painting in progress, one where anyone could add their own dollops of color!

I Can Do This - Opening Reception/The Mola Series -Museo Cancebi - Manta, Ecuador 2012

I Can Do This – Opening Reception/The Mola Series -Museo Cancebi – Manta, Ecuador 2012

Gonzalo y Natalia - Manta Ecuador

Gonzalo y Natalia – Manta Ecuador

"I Can Do This" Museo Cancebi

“I Can Do This” Museo Cancebi

Museo Cancebi/Manta - Barb and Gabby add finishing touches to the I CAN DO THIS painting.

Museo Cancebi/Manta – Barb and Gabby add finishing touches to the I CAN DO THIS painting.

Museo Cancebi/Manta, Ecuador - Time out for painting HAPPY SHOES!

Museo Cancebi/Manta, Ecuador – Time out for painting HAPPY SHOES!

The pensive young master pondered before deciding what to write in the guest book at Museo Cancebi… Who knows what small spark might ignite a fire in a young student’s soul?

Ivo Uquillos (photo below) of Portoviejo Ecuador is known for sculptures often created for public spaces in Ecuador.    His retrospective show at Museo Portoviejo drew a large crowd of fans, students, aspiring artists and patrons.

Ivo Uquillos - Sculptor/Painter - Retrospective Show - Manabi Ecuador

Ivo Uquillos – Sculptor/Painter – Retrospective Show – Manabi Ecuador

Montecristi (Ecuador) showcases work by Ivo Uquillos.

The “Mausoleo del General Eloy Alfar”  in Montecristi (Ecuador) showcases a stunning body of work by Ivo Uquillos.

The strong phoenix emerges from the ashes. (Sculpture detail- artist Ivo Uquillos, Portoviejo Ecuador)

The strong phoenix emerges from the ashes.
(Sculpture detail- artist Ivo Uquillos, Portoviejo Ecuador)

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Ivo takes time to acknowledge and encourage others…

Tiimeout for Art - Museo Bahia de Caraquez

Tiimeout for Art in the basement of Museo Bahia de Caraquez, a year before the April 16/2016 earthquake …  Student classes –  The museum often supported, encouraged, sponsored and promoted the arts in Manabi Province. (Re: Earthquake – The museum will be torn down and a new one built in another location.)

Of course I loved the zebra painting!

Student show in Mueso Bahia de Caraquez – What if budding artists had no mentors, no venue for displaying art, no coach to nudge them forward with words of encouragement or guidance?

Students of the arts at Museo Bahia de Caraquez

Student Reception and Exposition of the arts at- Museo Bahia de Caraquez

Sixtina and students

Directora Sixtina and students

Javier' gives positive feedback to his students- 2015 Museo Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador

Javier’ gives positive feedback to his students- 2015 Museo Bahia de Caraquez Ecuador

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Many times people shrug and say, “I can’t paint or draw a straight line,” but put a pencil or paint brush in their hand and say, “Just one minute… if you don’t enjoy it, stop..”  One minute of painting stretches into two, and then three, and suddenly those mysterious doors transfer the novice into a magical realm.

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Impromptu painting project – ESCoffee Guayaquil, Ecuador

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We're on a roll!

The smiles tell the true story!

Museo Portoviejo sponsors and encourages the arts.

Museo Portoviejo sponsors and encourages the arts.

A group of lovely students studed the art and partipated in a drawing class.

A group of lovely students studied the art and partipated in a drawing class.

From a home for troubled girls, these students listened well and transferred their frustrations to the paper!

Drawing Exercises - Museo Portoviejo

Drawing Exercises – Museo Portoviejo

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from 2012 "The Mola Series" - Painting pictured at Portoviejo Museum

from 2012 “The Mola Series” – Portoviejo Museum

A December end-of-school event provided hours of entertainment in Mindo Ecuador:

Because of school programs, these young gals try on their dancing shoes - or toss them to the stars in a free-spirited performance!

Because of school programs, these young gals try on their dancing shoes – or toss them to the stars in a free-spirited performance!

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Without a chance to shine, how does one discover sef confidence?

Perhaps they dream of being a superstar...

Perhaps they dream of being superstars…

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She proves, “You can do this if you work hard and believe in yourself.”

It takes courage to paint an image while the entire school watches!

It takes courage to paint an image while the entire school watches!

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Rapt with attention and in appreciation of the arts!

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Several months before, Ecuador’s National Ballet performed on this same floor!

The National Ballet performs in Mindo!

The National Ballet performs in Mindo!

The country of Ecuador actively encourages and supports artists of all levels.  People often comment on how positive and happy the people are;  perhaps the importance of arts plays a role in fostering self confidence and happiness.

Did this lovely woman once dream of being a ballerina?

Did this lovely woman once dance in bare feet while dreaming of being a ballerina?

Let’s hope that ‘You know who’ respects the feedback regarding the arts and humanities more than he respects reports from leading scientists about the health of our planet.    How important are the arts in today’s world?  Does your area actively support the arts and its artists?  Thanks for your feedback.

Z/Lisa

“I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research. — Albert Einstein”

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