This past February, I took part in two group exhibitions based on the theme of the tragic earthquake that struck the island of Terceira near Angra do Heroismo in 1980. One exhibition took place in January at the Angra Cultural Center. However, I was sadly, unable to attend that art opening. I was able to attend the opening for the expanded month-long group exhibition at the Audiório Ramo Grande in Praia de Vitoria.
I was honored to be asked to take part in this exhibition. This is the last group show I was able to take part in, before my husband and I move back to the US. I have met such lovely, talented and welcoming humans here. Taking part in art exhibitions with local artists despite my lack of ability to speak Portuguese and the inevitable language barrier feels me with gratitude.
Despite the melancholic theme, the history of the event as well as the, survival, perseverance and hope of the island’s residents is fascinating and inspiring.
Terceira will always hold a special place in my heart. I am so tremendously grateful for the many opportunities I have had to exhibit my work, as well as meet and interact with other artists. I do regret the occasions that my social anxiety, and fear of exploring beyond my comfort zone has deterred me from experiencing even more of the amazing artistic and culture events this island and its amazing humans have to offer. However, I am still leaving this island very content with my time here, full of love and amazing memories.