Cuba!

Where to begin? I haven’t traveled in a while so please excuse my excessive gushing about how good it is for the mind & soul! I came home inspired, motivated to make art. I loved it and here are some of the things I learned:

1. Cuba is a beautiful country with decaying Colonial Spanish architecture, undeveloped rural land, blue ocean, sunny skies and beautiful, creative people.

2. People to people which is one of the required travel visas, is something I excel at, I was told. I would talk to anyone. I started many of my interactions with Cuban people by saying, “Trump es diabalo.” To which they would smile and we would both shake our heads in agreement.  Then I would say, “I hope it doesn’t change here.” Many said,  “We don’t want it to change.” Others said, “It will take a long time to change.” (Just today someone told me about what it was like there 15 years ago. A lot has changed!)

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Sylvia and Jorge huddle over ice cream discussing our next move in Cienfuegos

3. The group I went with was lead by Syliva of Colibri Travel out of Cambridge MA. She is an awesome person & tour guide. Our Cuban guide, Jorge was also awesome and very guapo.

 

 

 

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Everyone make a funny face now!

 

 

 

 

It was really nice to be in a small group of eight. We began to act like a family, with Tlak and Iruna as Mom & Dad, I was always running to catch up with the group. There were the girls, Diana, Joan and Cindy; and Linda & Dick, who I coincidentally know from Cambridge.

 

 

 

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Sorry we couldn’t bring the puppy home.

 

For my travel partner, I had the honor of being accompanied by one of my oldest and best friends, Karen R.  Even though Karen and I first became friends on a 10 day bike trip when we were 13. It took some getting used to the close quarters.  I haven’t shared a room with anyone (of my own gender)… since my sister moved out to college in 1974! Thanks for coming KR.

 

 

 

In the 3 days we spent in Havana, we visited National Museo of Fine Art & Revolution Museums, “Squares” of Old Havana (De Armas, de la Cathedral, de San Francisco, Vieja). I attended a Flamenco performance at the beautifully restored Teatro de la Habana. We walked to Hotel National along the Malecón the 5 mile long seawall which stretches from Old Havana to the Vedado neighborhood where we stayed at the awesome Vintage Casa.

We then drove east to the rural area where we visited a Tobacco Farm, we ate the most amazing vegetarian lunch in history at a “finca” farm. Not only did we count 45 different vegetables but the view was breath taking. Coconut drink with herbs, magical! The largest flan ever! Literally 12″ in diameter!

 

A night in Vinales at a Casa where we ate breakfast on the roof terrace.

 

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Diana, Jean on roof of Casa in Vinales

 

 

A night at the amazing Moka hotel at Las Terrazas, eco community, artists, swimming, trees growing thru the hotel!

 

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Artists and Farmers, Las Terrazas

 

 

Its hard not to take a good photo in Cuba. Note to self: don’t delete folders trying to make more room – due to lack of internet, they haven’t been backed up. Thankfully, my travel mates shared their best photos which I were way better than ones I lost.

 

We then headed west, our tour bus sharing the highway with horse and buggies. After visiting Che’s memorial in the heat, we headed to Unesco-protected town of Trinidad. Our final day was spent in Cienfuegos.

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Stone streets of Trinidad

 

 

Post  Script: I’ve been back in Trumpland for two weeks – what a contrast. And to dampen my mood even more, I just watched the documentary, “Cuba Fatherland or Death: Unvarnished look at contemporary Cuba through the eyes of its people” by Patria O. Muerte, which shows Cuba very differently from the one I saw as a tourist. Especially shocking  were images of people being taken away by police, as Obama disembarks from his plane. In the film, Fidel triumphantly announces “Cuba is not under anyone else’s sovereignty!” This was a great accomplishment but what followed did not provide the strong foundation, spirituality or shared values needed to succeed.Cuba is now faced with the challenge of building a society & economy to support their people. In that sense it is time for big change.

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Beautiful Decay

 

On a positive note, Cuban artist, Tania Bruguera has started the  INSTITUTO DE ARTIVISMO HANNAH ARENDT . Perhaps the arts will help Cubans have a say in what’s to come. “Here Cubanos de a pie (everyday Cubans) will use Art-activism to wish, think and do, in order to build a real democracy in Cuba.”

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Hacker Creations Fall & Holiday Season 2016

News about Hacker Creations by Melissa Glick

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It has been an honor and challenge to be chosen to participate in The Cambridge Arts Council’s Art Share program. Like a “farm share” you can jump start your art collection with 9 different works of art by local Cambridge artists. You are invited to see a sample of each artist’s work on the website. Order your SHARE today! They make wonderful holiday gifts!

Life After Art Share:  Here are some of my upcoming Fall and Holiday events. I love this time of year when I get to share my work see all kinds of interesting reactions. After 5 years my dream of running an art business is alive, evolving & going strong. Thank you for helping to get the word out about Hacker Creations that make great gifts for friends in the tech industry or not. My bold abstract work makes for unique home decor and will always be a conversation starter.

 tbtableSun: Nov 20

Trash Bash 4th Annual Recycled Art Show
Noon -6 PM
Aeronaut Brewery
14 Tyler Street, Somerville
Join us as we dance, drink, and celebrate sustainability in Somerville. This year’s show will support Somerville Local First. All profit will go to support their amazing work in our community!

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337 Somerville Ave Somerville

Open daily from:Mon – Thurs:  noon – 6:30pm
Fri: noon – 8:00pm
Sat & Sun:10:00am -8:00pm
closed 11/24
I will be covering Tuesday, Nov 22nd 12 – 3 pm and Thurs. Dec 8th 12 – 3:30 PM
SLAM is the newest Holiday Arts Pop Up in the heart of Union Sq (next to PA’s). Check out  a maze of shops by over 20 different artists. 10 Artisan’s Asylum Inmates are in room 18 & 19… all the way in the back. Dont stop till you reach us!

Sat: Nov 26

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Somerville High School  Craft Show

9 AM to 3 PM
Somerville High School Atrium
81 Highland Ave, Somerville

A local favorite with over 100 vendors!! Enjoy a fun filled day with lots of raffles, door prizes and refreshments.

Thurs, Fri: Dec 1st & 2nd

MIT Winter Craft Fair*
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Whitaker Atrium, E25, 45 Carleton Street,
& Stata Center Bldg 32 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02142
9 am – 5  pm

Taking Hacker Creations to NERD central. Lets see if they can identify the parts!

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JP Craft Fair
11 AM – 5 PM
First Church Jamaica Plain

6 Elliot Street

Held in a beautiful historic church, this show is packed with creative & unique vendors, refreshments. Check out the Boston Art Makers on the stage!

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Argenziano School Craft Fair

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
290 Washington Street, Somerville
The third annual PTA craft fair featuring jewelry, scarves, hats, greeting cards, homemade bread, and more! Admission is free.

Sat: Dec 10 earringmonitor

Artisan’s Asylum Winter Open House
11 AM – 6 PM
10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA
Come see where the magic happens! Always new and fun things to be seen at the Asylum. Dedicated to  teaching, learning and practice of fabrication.

 Sun: Dec 11

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11 am to 5 pm
Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Ave, Worcester

Worcester Roller Derby’s alternative holiday craft fair!
Admission is free! Tons of local artists and crafters! Jewelry, Fine Art & Photography, Vintage goods, Home Décor, Handbags, Bath & Body, and MORE!

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Union Square Pop Up
Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM & Sun: 10 AM – 5 PM
Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Somerville  behind The Independent Restaurant.
An annual show that is a gathering of the craft community of Somerville!

Jan 13-16

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Noon- 6 PM
Westin Waterfront Hotel
425 Summer St, Boston
As part of New England’s largest most diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention
I will be displaying and selling work in the Art Show! Register Here!
My etsy store is always open and being updated:
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Hacker Creations can be found at these find establishments:
 Blue Cloud, Ball Sq Somerville
 Uni-T, the lovely shop at the Natick Mall.
Custom pieces are always welcome. So if you have an near and dear piece of technology that is ready for the junk heap, don’t toss it, transform it into something you can hang on your wall or display on your self… and remember all you’ve been through together. Contact me and will can discuss it. glick.melissa@gmail.com or come visit me at the Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler St. Union Sq, Somerville, MA USA.
Visit my website www.melissasglick.com to see more of my work.

Thanks for your interest and support.