I find it fascinating in Ecuador that there is so much art being made and that each small town seems to have its own specialty. Near the city of Ibarra is the small town of San Antonio de Ibarra where the specialty is wood carving. The little town is full of shops and galleries offering everything from elaborately carved furniture to wooden spoons and kitchen utensils. The city park boasts two large carvings of fanciful birds, which on closer inspection, are actually children's play structures.
Then we came to a shop that produced saints and holy figures for churches. Upstairs was a workroom where old, damaged saints (santos) were waiting to be repaired.
Thank you so much for your travelogue, I have enjoyed it quite a bit! Especially this last post... maybe because that first picture of the face of the unpainted saint looks like it belongs on one of your art quilts!ReplyDelete
Amazing art, Terry! What is even more wonderful is this piece of public art that inspires imagination and play, encourages children to be artists, supports artists in the community and markets the art of the community. Now, if American communities could support artists and the arts this way, that would be wonderful!ReplyDelete
I knew little to nothing about Ecuador. I am enjoying this class/tour immensely. Thank you.ReplyDelete