Fusterlandia

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An artist leads a neighborhood into fantasy land. Fusterlandia, the studio, residence and wild kingdom of José Rodriguez Fuster is an artist studio and we were hosted to a nice lunch. Lunch was served in a beautiful domed space filled with tables and chairs for our group of 28 people. Mr. Fuster, who some call Cuba’s answer to Gaudí, was not at home.

The artist’s son greeted us at the door and his grandson wrapped up the tiles purchased by my mom and everyone else. There were painting of all sizes for sale and it is obvious that the artist is investing in the neighborhood. It is inspirational. This man has a vision and it is an upbeat happy vision with the ever present eye watching out over everything. Don’t worry – be happy! This shows the draw of the creative as the artist tiles sold out in a hurry as they were fun, hand painted and they can’t be bent so in that way they travel well.

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Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.