Local Art: Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center) has a collection of typical Cape Verdean art and crafts; Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

The Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center) has a collection of typical Cape Verdean art and crafts — this creative space is part museum and part gallery with a permanent exhibit on the art of weaving; Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

The culture in Cape Cerde (Cabo Verde) reflects the diversity of the ethnic and cultural backgounds of the islands’ inhabitants – African slaves, Portuguese, Jews (from Iberia), Carribeans, and the melting pot that resulted from mixed marriages over the past several centuries.  “Above all, pottery and weaving products are manufactured on Cape Verde.  But you can also find paintings (by Manuel Figueira, Barros-Gizzi and Maria-Luisa Queirós, for example), crocheted blankets, which is a tradition from Portugal, woodworking, batik, embroidery and woven baskets (balai).  The woven tapestries in the traditional colours of white, indigo blue and black are also very common.  The panos, square cloths that are used as pieces of clothing, are dyed in indigo blue.  Above all, the art of pottery can be found on Maio, Santiago, Sal Boa Vista and São Vicente.  Large water containers (potes), sculptures and vases are made here.” — www.capeverde.com/art-and-culture.html

 

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #1

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #1

 

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #2

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #2

 

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #3

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #3

 

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #4

Centro Nacional de Artesanato e Design (National Artisan and Design Center); Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – weaving #4

 

Verde (Cabo Verde), are decorated with large blue-and–white ceramic azulejos tiles painted and “fired” in Portugal and shipped over to Mindelo

The walls of the African Market in downtown Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde), are decorated with large blue-and–white ceramic azulejos tiles painted and “fired” in Portugal and shipped over to Mindelo [“offered by the municipal chamber of the port”]; historic mural #1 – a view of the bay (later, the port of) of Mindelo from the late 1790s when the city was first being settled

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) -- blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #2 – a general view of Mindelo from the early 1800s

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) — blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #2 – a general view of Mindelo from the early 1800s

 

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) -- blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #3 – an historical depiction of barefoot women slaves carrying 100 poun

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) — blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #3 – an historical depiction of barefoot women slaves carrying 100 pound (45.4 kg) bags of salt on their heads; contrast that with the shoed men in the image

 

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) -- blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #4 – a view of the port (Ponte Novo) from the end of the 1800s

Local Art in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) — blue-and–white ceramic azulejos historic mural #4 – a view of the port (Ponte Novo) from the end of the 1800s

 

These colorful fabric were for sale in one of the stalls of the Africa Market in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

These colorful fabric were for sale in one of the stalls of the Africa Market in Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

 

The Cap Vert Design store is popular hangout for young designers and artisans -- the shop sells traditional jewelry, handmade baskets, ceramics, and locally made clothing; Mindelo, São

The Cap Vert Design store is popular hangout for young designers and artisans — the shop sells traditional jewelry, handmade baskets, ceramics, and locally made clothing; Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – painted jugs (for sale) decorated the stairs to the upper gallery

 

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a very brightly woven sea-life wall hanging

Cap Vert Design store – Design e Artesanato do Cabo Verde, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a very brightly woven sea-life wall hanging

 

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a ceramic figurine wearing woven clothes and cap

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a ceramic figurine wearing woven clothes and cap

 

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a wooden model of the Mercado Municipal Mindelo (Municipal Market)

Cap Vert Design store, Mindelo, São Vicente, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) – a wooden model of the Mercado Municipal Mindelo (Municipal Market)

 

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Visiting a sculptress in São Conrado, Brazil

Praia da Joatinga (beach), São Conrado, Brazil

Praia da Joatinga (beach), São Conrado, Brazil

 

One afternoon during our time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we had the opportunity to visit a friend, a Brazilian-born, London-based sculptress, in her home in the nearby oceanfront neighborhood of São Conrado, Brazil — located a few miles/kilometers south of Leblon and Ipanema.  Our get together gave us an opportunity to walk around the neighborhood and visit local stores, markets, and restaurants, which gave us some perspective on life in a Brazilian community.

 

Praia da Joatinga (beach), looking south, São Conrado, Brazil

Praia da Joatinga (beach), looking south, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Framed by the peaks of Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers Mountain) and Pedra da Gávea, São Conrado is a seaside enclave known for its condominiums, luxury hotels and the large, upmarket Fashion Mall. Hang gliders land on Praia do Pepino’s breezy surf beach, while the more secluded Praia da Joatinga attracts swimmers and sunbathers.  The renowned Rocinha favela, or slum, sprawls across nearby hillsides.

 

A typical Rio de Janeiro-Brazilian sidewalk mosaic design, along Praia da Joatinga (beach), São Conrado, Brazil

A typical Rio de Janeiro/Brazilian sidewalk mosaic design, along Praia da Joatinga (beach), São Conrado, Brazil

 

A portion of São Conrado, Brazil, looking towards the mountains in the west

A portion of São Conrado, Brazil, looking towards the mountains in the west

 

Condominiums line the beachfront in this view to the north of São Conrado, Brazil

Condominiums line the beachfront (on the right-hand side of the tall buildings) in this view to the north of São Conrado, Brazil

 

Pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), served to us by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco in her home in São Conrado, Brazil

Pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), served to us by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco in her home in São Conrado, Brazil

 

Lella Castello Branco is a London-based Brazilian artist who specializes in sculpture and site specific installation.  She was born in Rio de Janeiro and has been living in London since 1988.  Lella studied in Rio de Janeiro at Parque Lage, and at the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) under the teachings of Aluísio Carvão and Anna Bella Geiger.  Her works are highly emotive and characterised by natural and geometric forms that are both poetic and elegant.  With a combination of materials such as bronze and aluminum she produces insightful works that aim to connect to everyone.  Lella’s works are housed in collections in the UK, Brazil, USA, Switzerland and Egypt.

 

“Tree of Life” sculpture by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco, São Conrado, Brazil

“Tree of Life” sculpture by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco, São Conrado, Brazil

 

Her works are exhibited internationally, with solo shows launched at the following prestigious venues:

  • Centro Culturale San Giuseppe, in Alba, Italy, 2011
  • Centro Cultural Gil Vicente, in Sardoal, Portugal, 2012
  • PARAMETERS OF FREEDOM at Cultural Center Federal Justice (CCJF) in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 2014
  • October 2015 PARAMETERS OF FREEDOM traveled to the Museum Minas Gerais Vale (MMGV) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

 

“Tranquility” sculpture by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco, São Conrado, Brazil

“Tranquility” sculpture by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco, São Conrado, Brazil

 

“Time Flies” sculpture by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco, São Conrado, Brazil

“Time Flies” sculpture by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco, São Conrado, Brazil

 

“Embrace, After Picasso” sculpture by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco, São Conrado, Brazil

“Embrace, After Picasso” sculpture by Brazilian-born, London-based artist Lella Castello Branco, São Conrado, Brazil

 

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Street Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Etnias", the largest graffiti mural in the world and a legacy of the 2016 Rio, was painted by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra; it is the largest graffiti mural in the world and

“Etnias”, the largest graffiti mural in the world and a legacy of the 2016 Rio, was painted by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Once considered little more than defacement of public property, street art has become an accepted form of visual art around the world.  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, legalized ‘neo-graffiti’ in 2009, leading to a profusion of outdoor works.  Situated right across the street from our pier, covering 560 feet (170 meters) along Olympic Boulevard, is “Etnias”– the largest graffiti mural in the world and a legacy of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Painted by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra, the work depicts a Tajapo boy from Brazil, a Mursi woman from Ethiopia, a Kayin woman from Thailand, a Supi man from Northern Europe, and a Huli man from Papua New Guinea — embodying the continents that represent the black, blue, green, red, and gold rings on the Olympic flag.  Originally named Todos Somos Um (“We Are One”), the artist’s intention was to show that everyone is connected.  It is the largest street mural spray-painted by a single artist and is nearly twice the size of the previous record holder.  Kobra worked 12 hours a day for two months to complete the mural before the opening ceremony of the Olympics.  In total, it took 45 days, 2,800 cans of spray paint and 180 buckets of acrylic paint to complete.  The artist’s bright colored murals featuring geometric shapes and quilted patterns can also be seen in the street murals of New York City, London, Tokyo, and Amsterdam.

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- a view of “Etnias" from Terminal 4 at Pier Mauâ (where our ship was docked)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: a view of “Etnias” from Terminal 4 at Pier Mauâ (where our ship was docked)

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- one of the portraits in “Etnias" by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: one of the portraits in “Etnias” by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- portraits of two women in “Etnias" by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: portraits of two women in “Etnias” by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- another portrait in “Etnias" by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: another portrait in “Etnias” by Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #1

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #1

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- murals (with a model being photographed by another photographer) on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #2

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: murals (with a model being photographed by another photographer) on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #2

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #3

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #3

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- a mural on billboard between terminals at Pier Mauâ, #4

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: a mural on billboard between terminals at Pier Mauâ, #4

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #5

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #5

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #6

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #6

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art- a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #7

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, street art: a mural on a terminal at Pier Mauâ, #7

 

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Art in Havana, Cuba

The entrance to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes featuring Arte Cubano (Cuban Art), Havana, Cuba

The entrance to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes featuring Arte Cubano (Cuban Art), Havana, Cuba

 

On our first day in Havana we had the opportunity to focus on the art and architecture of Havana, mostly in the Central District and Old Havana.  Our first stop was at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana where we had an excellent English-speaking Museum employee give us a 90-minute overview of the collection.  After a very good lunch featuring local cuisine at Paladar San Cristobal (pictured in earlier blog posts), we did a walking tour of old Havana (including the Ambos Mundos Hotel, home to Ernest Hemingway for seven years in the 1930s – see an upcoming blog post) and then visited the Lizt Alfonso Dance Academy for private performances by both young students and members of the professional dance troupe.  The next day I wandered around Cathedral Square and discovered the printmaking academy, Taller Experimental de Gráfica.  Our group that afternoon also visited several modern art galleries where we had the opportunity to discuss the contemporary art scene with some of the local artists.

 

A contemporary sculpture (that visitors can walk trough) constructed out of metal espresso pots at the entrance to the museum_s café, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

A contemporary sculpture (that visitors can walk trough) constructed out of metal espresso pots at the entrance to the museum’s café, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

 

“The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana) in Havana, Cuba is a museum of Fine Arts that exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations.  It was founded on February 23, 1913 due to the efforts of its first director, Emoilio Heredia, a well-known architect.  After frequent moves it was finally placed on the block once occupied by the old Colon Market.  In 1954, a new Palacio of Bellas Artes was opened, designed by the architect Rodriguez Pichardo.  The original 1954 Palacio was recently reconstructed by the architect Jose Linares and a second building was taken over for the Museum… The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is dedicated exclusively to housing Cuba Art collections.  Spanning the 17th and 19th centuries has rooms devoted to landscape, religious subjects and the Costumbrismo narrative scenes of Cuban life.  Gallery devoted to the 1970s is marked by a preponderance of Hyperrealism and the latest generation of Cuban artists whose works all reflect the strong symbolic imagery that has been prevalent in recent decades.  The most notable works are those of René Portocarrero and Wilfredo Lam.  A modernist sculpture by noted Cuban artist Rita Lonja stands outside the main entrance.” — Wikipedia

 

The interior courtyard of the contemporary Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

The interior courtyard of the contemporary Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba

 

A street artist in Old Havana, Havana, Cuba

A street artist in Old Havana, Havana, Cuba

 

Young dancers in training gave us a performance at their studio at Lizt Alfonso Academy, Havana, Cuba

Young dancers in training gave us a performance at their studio at Lizt Alfonso Academy, Havana, Cuba

 

One of the professional members of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Troupe in a special performance for a small group of us in Havana, Cuba

One of the professional members of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Troupe in a special performance for a small group of us in Havana, Cuba

 

“It’s always a hot night in Havana wherever and whenever Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba performs.  In her ‘Cuba Vibra!,’ Ms. Alfonso’s Havana-based company, in only 95 minutes, will celebrate the development of Cuban music and dance from the 1950s to the present with the aid of 18 dancers and an onstage big band.  The troupe, founded by Ms. Alfonso in 1991 as an all-female group, now includes men.  What hasn’t changed is Ms. Alfonso’s desire to present a kaleidoscopic fusion of ballet, flamenco, cha-cha, rumba, bolero and salsa dance in a theatrical manner that emphasizes ensemble unity: The feelings may be boisterous, but all steps interlock in perfect synchronization.  This is dancing with precise abandon.” – Jack Anderson, New York Times, 4 November 2015

 

The professional dancers of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Troupe in a special performance, Havana, Cuba

The professional dancers of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Troupe in a special performance, Havana, Cuba

 

A contemporary modern sculpture on the sidewalk in Old Havana, Havana, Cuba

A contemporary modern sculpture on the sidewalk in Old Havana, Havana, Cuba

 

A printmaker at Taller Experimental de Gráfica, located at the end of a short cul-de-sac by the Cathedral in Havana, Cuba

A printmaker at Taller Experimental de Gráfica, located at the end of a short cul-de-sac by the Cathedral in Havana, Cuba

 

“Printmaking in Cuba dates back to the 18th century with the illustration of saints and shields, enriched in the 19th century with vignettes of sugar mills and local customs, travelers’ albums, and the dressings on cigars.  In 1959, printmaking became a subject in the art education system, becoming an independent specialty.  In July 1962, the experimental printmaking workshop [Taller Experimental de Gráfica] on Plaza de la Catedral was established by Cuban artist Orlando Suárez and Chilean painter José Venturelli using old printing stones and machinery that had been used for cigar decorations.  Since its beginnings, the workshop focused purely on artistic projects and has been open to the most important Cuban printmakers, who have carried out an intensive work of creation and experimentation, a crucial factor in the boost experienced by the art of printmaking at present.  The small Galería del Grabado upstairs sells excellent, non-touristy prints, including etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and collagraphs.  The workshop also offers courses on traditional lithography (using stone), woodcuts, and etchings (using metal).  Courses for foreigners come highly recommended and include one-on-one instruction by highly specialized professors and all supplies.  Expect to pay around $250 for a month-long course and less for shorter periods.” – www.lahabana.com

 

A second printmaker at Taller Experimental de Gráfica, Havana. Cuba

A second printmaker at Taller Experimental de Gráfica, Havana. Cuba

 

A contemporary print of dancers displayed outdoors at a gallery in Old Havana, Havana, Cuba

A contemporary print of dancers displayed outdoors at a gallery in Old Havana, Havana, Cuba

 

A contemporary conglomerate “metropolis” metal sculpture at a private, modern art gallery in Havana, Cuba

A contemporary conglomerate “metropolis” metal sculpture at a private, modern art gallery in Havana, Cuba

 

Another contemporary metal sculpture at one of the modern art galleries that we visited before a rum and cigar tasting one afternoon in Havana, Cuba

Another contemporary metal sculpture at one of the modern art galleries that we visited before a rum and cigar tasting one afternoon in Havana, Cuba

 

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Music and Art in Trinidad, Cuba

On the streets, the first group we encountered was “Los Pimos”, playing traditional Cuban music, Trinidad, Cuba; like music groups around the world, they were selling their CDs, in a

On the streets, the first group we encountered was “Los Pimos”, playing traditional Cuban music, Trinidad, Cuba; like music groups around the world, they were selling their CDs, in addition to seeking tips

 

We had the opportunity to hear quite a bit of Cuban (think “Buena Vista Social Club”) and Afro-Cuban music in Trinidad as we walked around town, as well as a performance featuring Afro-Cuban music and dance at Casa de la Música.  On the street we were greeted by musicians all around town, and many groups were playing in paladares and bars.  We stopped in several art galleries featuring local artists in varied media, all reflecting the local culture and traditions.

 

The most interesting art we saw was in this gallery by a local woman who told her stories through teapots (metal sculptures), Trinidad, Cuba

The most interesting art we saw was in this gallery by a local woman who told her stories through teapots (metal sculptures), Trinidad, Cuba

 

The teapot theme continued in watercolors, Trinidad, Cuba

The teapot theme continued in watercolors, Trinidad, Cuba

 

Seeking shelter from the rain under a tree in the square, this guitarist drew a large crowd (mostly tourists who were out walking the streets in the rain), Trinidad, Cuba

Seeking shelter from the rain under a tree in the square, this guitarist drew a large crowd (mostly tourists who were out walking the streets in the rain), Trinidad, Cuba

 

A quartet played through our luncheon at the popular paladar (privately owned restaurant) Casa de los Conspiradores, just off Plaza Mayor, Trinidad, Cuba

A quartet played through our luncheon at the popular paladar (privately owned restaurant) Casa de los Conspiradores, just off Plaza Mayor, Trinidad, Cuba

 

Once it stopped raining, more musicians came out and played around town, Trinidad, Cuba

Once it stopped raining, more musicians came out and played around town, Trinidad, Cuba

 

A trio at the paladar Casa de la Trova, Trinidad, Cuba, where afternoon coffee was popular

A trio at the paladar Casa de la Trova, Trinidad, Cuba, where afternoon coffee was popular

 

 

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Art and Music in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Local musicians, members of the local chapter of UNEAC (Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba), performing their Afro-Cuban musical compositions for us in the Jardines (gardens) de la

Local musicians, members of the local chapter of UNEAC (Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba), performing their Afro-Cuban musical compositions for us in the Jardines (gardens) de la UNEAC near the Parque José Martí in the Central Zone of Cienfuegos, Cuba

 

Our local tour operator, Cuba Educational Travel (CET), arranged a very good architectural and cultural walking tour of Cienfuegos which included a visit to the local chapter of UNEAC (Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba), where we had the opportunity to listen to a lively Afro-Cuban musical performance, written and performed by local musicians.  Around Parque José Martí in the Central Zone we visited a number of art studios and galleries where frequently we met the artists and had a chance to talk with them.

 

We had the opportunity to see a lot of local art at the Galería de Arte, operated by UNEAC in Cienfuegos, Cuba, next door to the Jardines de la UNEAC

We had the opportunity to see a lot of local art at the Galería de Arte, operated by UNEAC in Cienfuegos, Cuba, next door to the Jardines de la UNEAC

 

“The National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba, UNEAC) is a social, cultural and professional organization of writers, musicians, actors, painters, sculptors, and artist of different genres.  It was founded on August 22, 1961, by the Cuban poet, Nicolas Guillen.  Initially their objective was uniting the intellectuals within the young Cuban Revolution to maintain a genuine Cuban culture.” – Wikipedia

 

Local artist Adrian Rumbaut holding his original Time magazine cover featuring historic Cubans, in front of his wall collage at the Galería de Arte, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Local artist Adrian Rumbaut holding his original Time magazine cover featuring historic revolutionary Cubans, in front of his wall collage at the Galería de Arte, Cienfuegos, Cuba

 

Art can carry a message (two pieces by local artist Adrian Rumbaut), Cienfuegos, Cuba

Art can carry a message (two pieces by local artist Adrian Rumbaut), Cienfuegos, Cuba

 

Looking through the street window at local children performing in a dance recital in an art gallery adjacent to the Parque José Martí in the Central Zone of Cienfuegos, Cuba

Looking through the street window at local children performing in a dance recital in an art gallery adjacent to the Parque José Martí in the Central Zone of Cienfuegos, Cuba

 

A view of local children performing in a dance recital in an art gallery, as seen by the parents in the audience, Cienfuegos, Cuba

A view of local children performing in a dance recital in an art gallery, as seen by the parents in the audience, Cienfuegos, Cuba

 

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Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Sailing north through the “Inside Passage” from Vancouver, the island city of Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, is the first city that ships encounter and stop at – hence it_s nickname as

Sailing north through the “Inside Passage” from Vancouver, the island city of Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, is the first city that ships encounter and stop at – hence it’s nickname as “Alaska’s First City” and, from it’s location in the midst of abundant wild salmon and very successful fishing and processing industries, “The Salmon Capital of the World”

 

“Ketchikan is an Alaskan city facing the Inside Passage, a popular cruise route along the state’s southeastern coast.  It is known for its many Native American totem poles, on display throughout town [the largest display in Alaska].  Nearby Misty Fiords National Monument is a glacier-carved wilderness featuring snowcapped mountains, waterfalls and salmon spawning streams.  It’s also home to rich wildlife including black bears, wolves and bald eagles… Ketchikan is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town, emptying into the Tongass Narrows a short distance southeast of its downtown.  ‘Ketchikan’ comes from the Tlingit name for the creek, Kitschk-hin, the meaning of which is unclear.  It may mean ‘the river belonging to Kitschk’; other accounts claim it means ‘Thundering Wings of an Eagle’.” — Wikipedia

 

There are only two forms of transportation to reach Ketchikan, Alaska, USA – boats and seaplanes – hence the city has several marinas full of pleasure boats, along with downtown pier

There are only two forms of transportation to reach Ketchikan, Alaska, USA – boats and seaplanes – hence the city has several marinas full of pleasure boats, along with downtown piers to accommodate several large cruise ships sailing in for typically a one-day visit

 

In the center of downtown Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, is a beautiful carved bald eagle with spread wings, bringing to life one translation of the word “Ketchikan” -- Thundering Wings of

In the center of downtown Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, is a beautiful carved bald eagle [there are many wild bald eagles in and around the city; see photograph, below] with spread wings, bringing to life one translation of the word “Ketchikan” — Thundering Wings of an Eagle

Ketchikan is around Alaska’s tenth largest city with a population of just over 8,000 – the city of Anchorage, with nearly 40% of the state’s population, has approximately 300,000 residents, whereas Juneau, the capital and second largest city, has a population of only 33,000.  Ketchikan is known as a rainy city, with rain occurring over 300 days a year.  According to Wikipedia, “The wettest year was 1949 with 202.55 inches (5,145 mm) and the driest year was 1995 with 88.45 inches (2,247 mm).”  Our visit was typical – the first day was sunny and relatively warm (63 degrees F / 18 degrees C) and the next day was rainy, damp and felt much cooler at 58 degrees F / 15 degrees C.

 

City Hall is in the center of downtown, set amidst shops and restaurants, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

City Hall is in the center of downtown, set amidst shops and restaurants, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

 

This Celebrity cruise ship, like most of those sailing through the Inside Passage and calling on Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, dwarfs the downtown shops along the pier; its 3,000 passengers an

This Celebrity cruise ship, like most of those sailing through the Inside Passage and calling on Ketchikan, Alaska, USA, dwarfs the downtown shops along the pier; its 3,000 passengers and crew are equal to nearly 40% of the city’s population!

 

Fog Woman at the lower portion of the Chief Johnson Totem Pole is topped by Raven (replica totem pole raised in 1989), Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Fog Woman at the lower portion of the Chief Johnson Totem Pole is topped by Raven (replica totem pole raised in 1989), Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

 

Totem poles are carved to honor deceased ancestors, record history, social events and oral tradition.  They were never worshiped as religious objects.  The Chief Johnson Totem Pole was carved by Israel Shotridge and raised in 1989, a replica of the Chief Johnson, or Kajuk, Totem Pole raised in this general location in 1901 for the Ganaxadi Tlinghit of the Raven moiety of the Tanta Kwan (Tongrass) group.  The original memorial pole stood until 1982. Except for Jajuk atop the pole, the figures symbolize a single story about Raven.  Fog Woman is identified with the summer salmon run when fog lies at the mouth of streams.  She produces all salmon and causes them to return to the creeks of their birth.

 

Creek Street_s buildings date back to the late 19th century when the street was built atop poles driven into the bank of Ketchikan Creek, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA; the neighborhood is kn

Creek Street’s buildings date back to the late 19th century when the street was built atop poles driven into the bank of Ketchikan Creek, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA; the neighborhood is known as “Creekside” (home to many brothels in the 20th century)

 

Dolly bought this house in 1919 and was still living there in the early 1970s; she was the last of the former ladies of the line to remain in residence on the creek until her death, whic

Dolly bought this house in 1919 and was still living there, alone, in the early 1970s; she was the last of the former ladies of the line to remain in residence on the creek until her death, which was 20 years after the red-light district was finally closed for good in 1954, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

 

“Dolly Arthur, nee Thelma Copeland of rural Idaho mining country, was a Ketchikan resident from 1919 until her death in July 1975.  She is probably Ketchikan’s most famous person today… Dolly said her attraction for men was one of her best traits. ‘I just liked men and they liked me, too!’  Her house on Creek Street is now a museum visited by thousands of tourists every summer.  In her lifetime, however, there was nothing much to distinguish it from other small houses of ill repute along the boardwalk.  There was always a temporary look to those little rain-scoured houses tottering atop piling, whose residents used the cleansing tides to serve as sewer, plus bottle (and occasionally body) disposal.  Dolly’s house, however, was not only her business but also her longtime home.  Her claim to present fame was simply because of the more than 50 years she spent on Creek Street.  She bought the house in 1919 and was still living there, alone, in the early ’70s.  She became the last of the former ladies of the line to remain in residence on the creek until her death, which was 20 years after the red-light district was finally closed for good in 1954.  Dolly was not a whore, and would be horrified to be called that.  Dolly called herself a ‘sporting woman,’ a distinction that was important to her.  More than once she said, ‘I never could stand a whore!’  She thought they were tasteless and crude.  She considered herself of a higher class.  And while most of the girls worked and lived in pairs in the small creekside houses, Dolly always worked alone – except for her first year in Ketchikan when she worked at Black Mary’s Star dance hall.  And there were, of course, the postwar years when her true love, Lefty, shared her home, bed and board, but that was at her convenience and business schedule and between the couple’s zesty spats.” – www.sitnews.org

 

The sign on the side of Dolly_s House explains Dolly_s business, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

The sign on the side of Dolly’s House explains Dolly’s business, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

 

The salmon sculpture is an artwork titled “Yeltatzie Salmon” by artist Terry Plyes and was dedicated above Ketchikan Creek on July 4, 2013, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

The salmon sculpture is an artwork titled “Yeltatzie Salmon” by artist Terry Plyes and was dedicated above Ketchikan Creek on July 4, 2013, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA; it is named in honor of the Haida Native carver Jones Teltatzie (1900 – 1976) and replaces a painted wood salmon sculpture carved by Yeltatzie in 1963, which occupied this site for many years

 

Looking down at Ketchikan Creek by the “Yeltatzie Salmon” near the Creekside neighborhood, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Looking down at Ketchikan Creek by the “Yeltatzie Salmon” near the Creekside neighborhood, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

 

Downtown by the piers and the Visitor Center is a sign that notes the extremely high annual rainfall in the region, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Downtown by the piers and the Visitor Center is a sign that notes the extremely high annual rainfall in the region, Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

 

While somewhat rare these days in the “Lower 48” (the continental United States of America), bald eagles are numerous in the Ketchikan, Alaska, area; this one was photographed from o

While somewhat rare these days in the “Lower 48” (the continental United States of America), bald eagles are numerous in the Ketchikan, Alaska, area; this one was photographed from our “Duck Boat” as we sailed out of the northern marina

 

The rains came and passed and returned again and again all day in Ketchikan, Alaska, USA; our ship at anchor

The rains came and passed and returned again and again all day in Ketchikan, Alaska, USA; our ship at anchor

 

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