Dreams and Memories from Tomorrow
(Sueños y Memorias de Mañana)
Acrylic and watercolor paintings.
All day opening at idiomART
Friday, May 7th, 2021
10 AM to 5 PM.
Exhibition continues through May 28th with regular gallery times, Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
“Life is not the one that one lived, but the way in which one remembers, and how one remembers, in order to tell it”
(“La vida no es la que uno vivió sino la que recuerda, y como la recuerda para contarla.”)
~ Gabriel Garcias Marquez
Premio Nobel en Literatura
About the artist…
Lorena Duca was born in California almost 3/4 of a century ago, and was greatly influenced by the cultural revolution of her generation in the ’60s and ’70s.
She took her first of many trips out of the country at 19-years old, visiting most of Europe. After returning home to study Anthropology and Spanish language and Literature at San Francisco State in the late sixties (while being a hippie), she left for Latin America in 1968 and worked 2 years in Mexico City as a translator for a Mexican writer/investigator/poet. It was with Señor Magaloni and his investigating colleagues of all things Pre-Columbian, that Loren was encouraged to travel to the great Mayan and Incan cities (“ruins”) of the Americas.
Some of her early adventures include sneaking in and spending the night on the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico, and later, walking for 5 days on the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu with her husband and 2 others, without seeing another soul (only a curious Condor!) She explored rivers and jungles and Andean peaks in Colombia and Ecuador off and on for 40-50 years, but it was the friendly people and music that brought her back to retire in Cuenca, Ecuador 6+ years ago.
After 11 years between Colombia and the US, she and her family finally settled down to live in the beautiful small town of Ashland, Oregon, working as a Bilingual Educator and program coordinator for 35+ years and raising her family there. Every summer she and her family would travel somewhere, through Mexico, Central and So. America, and later to China, Middle East, Africa. She was a summer missionary for 6 trips, always carrying a sketchbook and small high-quality watercolors in her backpack. She filled many travel journals of what she saw, people and cultures she observed, and lives imagined or idealized.
Her colorful themes are a reflection and collection of people and places she has met, and from there she paints her memories – past, present and future.
Friday, May 7th, from 10 AM to 5 PM, Presidente Cordova 1-77, between Miguel Angel Estrella y Manuel Vega, Cuenca.