CUENCA'S 12 DE ABRIL ART FESTIVAL 2013
Negotiating here is not difficult for me because I speak Spanish. Also, I was once an art vendor myself, so I am always sensitive to making sure I do not negotiate unfairly. Bo and I aren't interested in getting the lowest price from an artist because we would not want to take away the true value of their originality, gift and talent, and self-esteem. Art is a very personal thing! Whatever value an artist puts on their work is because they believe that is what it is worth to them. Most artists don't ever get compensated for their time and talent.
By Art Festival day three, near the end of that last day, we knew we would be able to walk away with some beautiful pieces at a great but fair price, and the artist would also be pleased with their sale from us. And so it was! We met four very talented individuals whom we kept returning to over the course of the show, and the last day we spent a considerable time admiring their work and having them invite us to make them an offer. By the end of our art show purchases they were pleased and so were we. We were thrilled with our beautiful art purchases as we carried them home!! Now, we cannot wait until our painting is done, a few other improvements are made and furniture pieces are discovered and purchased, and we then figure out exactly where these unique and colorful pieces will hang for many who enter our home to admire!
Cuenca's 12 de Abril Arts Festival 2013
|It was a beautiful warm and sunny day one at the Art show as we walked and admired the various vendors wares under the tents lining the Tomebamba River.|
|......using spray paint......|
|......and a knife......|
|......and his masterpiece is quickly SOLD! His skill is beyond words, and his art pieces were selling for $10 or less.|
|One vendor was selling the most beautiful fun and colorful artificial flowers.|
|There was live blaring upbeat latin rock music and entertainers.......|
|.......lots of different vendor foods (many love those weiner kabobs!!!).....|
|........patrolling police officers making sure the art fair visitors were protected..........|
|.......and so many vendors along both sides of this bridge, that crowds of people were slowly pushing their way through to get from one side of the river to the other!|
|In town, there were many other festivities taking place. One of my favorite things to watch were these beautiful and colorful dancers twirling to their traditiional upbeat latin music.|
|The finale - and an inspiring applaud from the cheering crowds!|