Puerto Rican Illustrator Rosa Colón on Her Ode to Leaving Home, ‘Goodbye for Now’

This is a amazing interview with Illustrator and co-owner of Soda Pop Comics here in Puerto Rico. Here they discuss the exodus of many brilliant and creative young professionals before and after hurricane Maria, a must read.

Read full article here

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MECA International Art Fair | June 1st-June 4th

If you love art as much as I do, this event is a must see. As far as I know it’s the first of its kind on the island. Hopefully this will be a reoccurring event for many years to come. Click on the banner for more information.

From their website: MECA, short for MErcado CAribeño (Spanish for “Caribbean Market”), will take place in Santurce, from June 1st-4th of 2017 at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. Founded and directed by Tony Rodríguez and Daniel Báez, MECA will be the meeting point and international platform for the Caribbean art market, made up of a brilliant assembly of young artists and galleries. The main objective is to stimulate art collection. Puerto Rico has a growing art market—with a prosperous artists’ community—that is making a solid statement in the international art circuit.

Ferinart – Feria Internacional de Artesania May 8-14th

Artisans from Puerto Rico and all over the world come together to exhibit high quality and hand crafted wares. It only comes around once a year so come check out the best of the best under one (air conditioned) roof!  May 8-14th in Guaynabo, PR. Click on the banner for further information.

 

Towns of Puerto Rico, An Adult Coloring Book

Beautiful coloring book featuring 26 municipalities in Puerto Rico. The title says “Adult” but I think some kids might have a hard time letting you have all the fun. Very talented group of PR illustrators here, well done!

From the publisher:

In terms of the book, this is part of Puerto Rico Presenta’s publishing company where we try to create books and media related to the Puerto Rican culture. This project started when I began participating in adult coloring at a library in the states and decided it would be a great idea to have one representing the towns.

It consist of 30 illustrations, every artist created 5 different towns and one of San Juan. The art was commissioned and they were allowed to choose what they thought the best representations were. I worked with each artist independently until we thought each piece was a good fit for the book.

If you are a bookstore or interested in reselling it you can email us here and we can provide reseller codes for the book. -Alfredo

Illustrators: Rafael Pagan, Victoria Cano, Xavier Ocasio, Alexander Damiani, Carlos Fernandez

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Liga de Arte, Old San Juan

Stopped by the Liga de Arte to check out their pottery classes and more. Love watching so many creative minds at work. They have many classes for adults and children, give them a visit.

Finished painting the Puerto Rican Spindalis

Thought I would make something a little nice for my Mom to take back from here trip here. Yep, that’s a painted rock. A river rock just down from our house to be precise. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a Spindalis in person, but now that he is seared into my memory I can’t possibly miss him.

Casa Cautiño in Guayama

Here are the rest of the photos from our trip to Guayama, pictured here are the exterior/interiors of Casa Cautiño (circa 1887) beautifully restored.

From Wiki: The house was owned by Genaro Cautiño Vázquez, a wealthy Guayama landowner as well as a colonel of the Volunteer Battalion of the Spanish Army. During the Spanish–American War, the house served as the headquarters for the American forces.

After the war, Genaro Cautiño returned to the one-story U-shaped house with an interior patio at its center, which local architect Manual Texidor built in 1887 after having graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris.

The house features some of the elements of the Neoclassical architecture style as cornices, pilasters, candelabra, Roman arches, relief motifs, and classical ornamentation. These elements were blended with some of the details of the popular architecture of the southern area of Puerto Rico that prevailed at that time.

 

Beautiful Guayama

You need to check out this gorgeous town, stunning architecture, friendly people and active plaza. While you’re there, you may want to take a tour of Casa Cautiño. If that doesn’t convince you, the drive down is stunning and everything about the Southeast part of the island is spectacular!  If that doesn’t convince you, Rex Cream is on the corner and they have amazing ice cream.

Casa de Cultura & the “Chichaíto” Art show

The above main image is of the Casa de Cultura which promises to be a great source for learning and inspiration from the local art community. The bottom photos are from the “Chichaíto” art show in Rio Piedras where we had a lot of fun checking out the erotic art. Some of it was serious while others were a bit cheeky. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Iguana and the Coquí

Sadly, one of Santurce’s most iconic murals by Roa was defaced as we found out on a recent trip. See below for the original. img_4352.jpg