It's up for the American Express bill! Which includes $6000 for the food for the Haitians....
Originally Posted by AlterEgo
No-- it wasn't just food-- about half was food the other half was for the rental car which I kept up there for three months. I do not have a car and would usually be fine but the car was the ONLY car that we had -- so it was usually out making rounds even if I was home. So it was 6k for the car and gas and the food.. the rent I covered.
Originally Posted by mountainannie
I have heard back from both Edwin Paraison.. who has offered me the cover of his foundation Fundacion Zile. Edwin is an Episcopal priest ordained here and a former government minister in Haiti.. very well respected by all, a real diplomat .. and Max, who has put me in touch with a coopertive bank here so I am certain that pretty soon we will be able to get a small grant to get an office started.
I have in mind that we can get those neat straw bags -- the Haitians call them macoutes..which
I have only seen for sale in San Jose de Ocoa and Elias Pina... but they are GREAT bags.. and then we can have some of the Haitian artists in the Association paint them and we can pay them and start a little micro business which can help fund the ongoing expenses.
Do you have anyone who might have a contact for getting the baskets?
I have not even seen them in the Mercado Model although I have not checked in the last year.
But they would be a great tourist item.
When I saw what you had to say about the narco money I thought you must surely have left the island, I have been keeping an eye on your blog since we met a couple of years ago. I did not get in touch last year but did get to see the situation in Port au Prince. All the best and when my bank account is back in the black I will send a little donation. . . I hope we meet again, Iarla
Thanks, Iarla... I remember you well.. Please post some of your pix of Haiti as I am sure that you have them. The Irish are beloved over there! And happy Imbolc to you! The narco stuff was only incidental -- just a stumble on -- and I was (And AM) very well protected as a member of the press so I am fine here. After the primary debt is paid, I will buy the Taylor guitar to set up my new dream career as a New England Celtic folk singer at the French Cafes in Las Terrenas.. happily reading Tarot cards for the tourists......
Let's be friends on Facebook. I have posted some photos of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
I don't know which straw bags you mean, but we'll be in DR starting the 12th, and will be driving up to Ocoa from time to time over the next 2 months, and you're welcome to come along with us. Maybe we can make a connection for you there.
Originally Posted by mountainannie
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Yes; all may not be what it seems; the art market is extrordinarily fickle. I also know Hatians in responsible but not well paying jobs who are able to provide for extended families. I also know there are plots near the borders that are being worked by hard working Hatians and the produce is good for self - sufficiency. Poverty reporters miss these folks out entirely.
Compose an essay ,Why I am entitled to sell my art at six hundred dollars a canvas,
Last edited by pi2; 02-02-2012 at 11:34 AM.
for years Charlie was the perhaps the one artist in town who could really talk with the Europeans because he speaks English and French and Spanish. And his art is original and transformative. I know that having his painting up in my living room changed it from a an apartment to a home.
Originally Posted by pi2
Most of the art that is on display is copies but there are a few artists like Charlie that produce orginal art. His has been sold in galleries in France and the States and lots of the smaller islands.
Now in LT there are new galleries run by foreigners -- so much of the "art" world is marketing..
(Both my mother and my brother were artists so I know this field very well -- if they get a good gallery - if their work is in a good museum etc....)
But among the Haitians themselves, they can tell you who the Best artists are.. who the orginal artists are...