Curtis Smith shared his trip to Havana with the Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Orchestra as the court photographer. While the group stayed at Cathedral Square in Havana, the students and Curtis stopped by the Taller de Experimental del Graphica, a print shop and gallery that was started in 1962 by mural artist Orlando Suarez with the support of Che Guevara. Double click on images to enlarge. Video is six minutes, NEXT.
More on El Taller Experimental de Graphica HERE.
Smith ALSO shared the backstory of a scratch board print he got signed by two famous mountain climbers Dee Molenaar and Tom Hornbein. Print was 7th of 39 impressions.
More on Dee Molenaar and K2 and more about training to climb
(scroll down on that page to the bottom)
Video of mountain climb by Eric Cutts https://youtu.be/Uc7FtxzR09c
"When I bought this in 1980 I was working at a gallery out of Denver called Alternative Art. I sold prints for this Denver print making company in Kansas City for a while. ---- This is the only print I bought from them that I liked, that I sold for them. I guess it meant to me at the time, that Life is sort of like, you try to hit the target, your goal is to hit the target with an arrow, but for me, throwing a rock at it is about as good as you get, and you see this missing the target. So, symbolically, that is where my mind was at in 1980. A trial and error process of growing up." Curtis Smith
[Taller Experimental de Graphica de La Habana link courtesy, https://ucglobalcuba.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/el-taller-experimental-de-grafica/. Dee Molenaar, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee_Molenaar, and K2, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K2, video link to climbing, Alpine Ascents, http://www.alpineascents.com/rainier-climb-train.asp, accessed April 10, 2015]