We decided to get in touch with Fallas artist Vicente Domínguez, in advance, and ask if we could stop by his workshop.
We drove out of the city, across the border separating Valencia and Castilla - La Mancha, and into Almansa. As we pulled up to his house, our old greeted us with a huge smile on his face.
Hot on the heels of the pedestrianization of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the city has fast-tracked redesigns of two of the city's most iconic areas: the Plaza de la Reina, and the area around the Mercado Central.
Agente Naranja (Agent Orange) is the title of an art exhibition being shown at the Centro Cultural Carmen, by Edel Rodríguez. With bright colors, simple shapes, and merciless point-of-view, the Cuban-American artist reflects on the Trump presidency. The exhibition is brutal ... though, one could argue, perhaps not as brutal as four years of Trump.
Ten years ago, Mike and I started traveling the world with this project called "For 91 Days". Since then, we haven't stayed in one place for more than four months... until 2020. Like everyone else in the world, we were suddenly stuck at home. It's been a difficult adjustment for two guys accustomed to a mobile lifestyle.
Going through my photo archives from last year, I have to admit that I went maybe a bit over the top documenting Valencia immediately after the strict Covid-19 lockdown measures were lifted.
Upon seeing pictures of the Hung Galaxy show at the City of Arts and Sciences, I initially thought the Ninot exhibition had arrived early this year. The colorful, cartoony figures would fit right into the annual pre-Fallas event.
One of the things we like most about Valencia, is how active the street art scene is. Even during these days of pandemic, Valencia's artists are finding the time to get out there, and express their creativity.
When the pandemic started early this year, I don't think anyone expected it to last until Christmas. But unless Santa is squeezing down our chimneys with a bag full of syringes, we're going to have to deal with this strange new world for a while longer.
Two years ago, we spent about a month living in Stavros, a small town along the northern coast of Crete, not far from Chania. While there, we embarked on an excellent hike which leads from the town to the Katholiko beach, along a gorgeous, rocky path.