What a spectacular time we had at the opening in Quito! This exhibition is still going on at the Emery Community Arts Center. While we enjoy the exhibit in Farmington there are many visitors attending our exhibit in Quito, Ecuador too. Come see it while you can at the Flex Space Gallery in Farmington, Maine. It will be there until this coming Sunday April 17th. There are convenient hours every day from 11 until 6 pm.
Four members of Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner, Maine along with some of their family members had the privilege of meeting our Ecuadorian artist friends that all of us except the liaison and originator of the project, Judith Long, only knew from their work. What a wonderful time we had. They hosted us at their studio with a delicious pot luck lunch and tour of their beautiful cooperative studio the Estampéria Quiteña. We had a warm and generous introduction to the group. I was so touched by the experience. It was great how our art and ideas brought two different cultures and environments together.
Having the opportunity to show our exhibition in Ecuador, because of Circling the Square’s director Karen Adrienne and liaison Judith Long’s family connection made this a possibility along with the enormous effort of Curator Sonya Kraemer and Victoria Proano, coordinator of the project in Quito. All of the 32 artists involved contributed in many ways from conceiving of their ideas into tangible artist editions to helping with the coordination of the exhibit.
The biggest and most important bonus for me was meeting the other artists and having such an immediate bond as we participated together in making this event happen separated by 38000 miles.
The opening had around 700 people passing through the evening and another 1500 the following Sunday. The most exciting part by far was connecting with the artists from the Estampéria Quiteña. A profound experience of where art can take us within communities.