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Art & Travel

Posted May 8, 2019 @ 1:22pm | by Melanie

Travel and art are a good pair most anywhere, and enhanced in Peru, with the countries  exceptionally rich culture and history. The Andean landscape and it’s people are a constant source of inspiration and beauty. Over the years, I’ve been awed by the artistry of my travel mates.

Jennifer Kranz Fine Art Painter​​​has made 3 Andean journeys with ArtAndes, she has painted friends portraits, fields, Andean clouds, weaving studios, llamas & alpacas. She has generously gifted some of our Andean friends with these paintings, what an honor for them, and a first original painting for most! Isidrio is from Taqule Island. He is a speical friend of 30 years. He is a leader of the island and leads us in a sacred Pachamama offering.

Nancy Welch is a ceramic artist from Madison, Wi. We met at Art Fair on the Square, Madison when Wilber and I were doing our favorite art show a few summers ago. Nancy and Steward bought a rug, then came on a Peru trip. I made sure we spent extra time at the Amano Museum in Lima, my favorite Pre-Inca Textile and Ceramic museum. During that visit, Nancy was inspired by the Chancay Culture’s (1100-1400) mask collection. 

Jeff Nistler’s photographs have soul! Some tell an Andean story, some tell the life of his farm. His work has evolved so much that this year his photos were noticed by the Minneapolis Photo Center. They have selected one to enlarge and display at an upcoming show.







Art A Whirl May 17-19   Friday 5-10, Sat 12-8, Sun 12-5

Jennifer will have a beautiful collection oil paintings, both originals and Giclee prints, of her time in Peru and Ecuador.

Nancy  has created a series of detailed clay masks based on her time in the Amano Museum.   Nancy’s designs expanded to non-Andean as well, very cool camino Nancy has gone down with the masks!

Jeff is showing a collection of photography and selling squash bread homemade from his tasty crop.

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