Manabi Province/Ecuador – Opening Event/Museo Portoviejo – Friday May 17, 2019 – 7 pm. Art Exposition/Presentation by artists Ivo Uquillas, Vicente Ferrin and Carlos Fernández Ferrín.
Quiet and focused on a set of illustrations, I had lost track of time. Like emerging from a deep sleep, I pondered, “Is this Friday – or is this Thursday?”
It was Friday, and I needed to stop working and prepare to attend the World Museum Day event at Museo Portoviejo. The first stop would be the cyber to confirm the date and time of the event.
Sorting through ten pages of my day’s work, I spotted several areas that needed more attention. “Just five more minutes,” I thought.
A stronger voice overruled, “No. Stop. You need to support your friends.”
Two of the three artists for the event are friends; they are true masters. I reflected on how they support my work, especially Ivo Uquillas, who mentors many artists, and who spoke at the past two inaugurations/expositions of my work.
I realized that I was tired and thought about the hour’s drive to Portoviejo, the event, then an hour’s drive home. I pondered the crowded auditorium and that no one would notice if I were there – or not. I considered my concerns for the planet, and how this drive would negate my attempts to be more sensitive about my choices. I even pondered the costs to drive there and back (fuel prices have risen!)
That “stronger voice” gave a more-assertive nudge, “This isn’t about you. It’s about your friends and their work – and you need to attend. Period.”
If I reached the cyber and discovered that the event was scheduled for next week, I could have a nice long session of internet! Continue reading