Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Jin is from Korea, as her name means brightness she brights like a star wherever she goes.
She came to New York several years ago to visit some relatives in Flushing. She liked it so much that she decided to stay.
Jin is a great artist, however, she never went to art school she learned all she knows by herself...practicing all day long... and practicing over... and over... and over until she gained the knowledge she now enjoys. Larry admires her work and her patience very much.
Being in New York has been a great experience for Jin. It has expanded her horizons as an artist and, more importantly, as a marten. She feels that she doesn't belong exclusively to her country anymore, now she is more like a citizen of the world...with no boundaries. So she says!
Tonight is Larry's birthday party and she picked the perfect gift for him, a painting she had hanged in her wall that Larry liked so much. This is a very special gift and there is nothing more valuable that she can give to him than a piece of her own art.
Larry is gonna love this gift!
Jin is inspired in my dear friend Mariola Paen who is the coolest world citizen I have ever met. Mariola is a great self-taught artist and just like Jin they both bright like stars.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Little Coqui wasn’t much bigger than a tadpole when he came to New York with his parents. It was in the streets of el barrio where he picked up the violin.
The legend says that if you take a Coqui frog out of Puerto Rico it will never sing again, but that is not really true. Coqui still sings to the moon every time he contemplates it in the sky because it reminds him when he was in his wonderful pond in Puerto Rico. He still misses his ground, but you know mami ! either you sink or you swim! he says. He chose to swim.
Bernard often sits and listens to him play in the fountain of the park on warm, summer evenings—when the park most feels like home.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Bernard lived all his life in Notre Dame Church in Paris, he was SO SO SO bored of being in the same place for so long that one day he just packed his belongings and flew away. He has been traveling the world since then, he has visited almost every corner of the planet. One of his favorites places is New York City because it is like the whole world in one spot he says!. He liked it so much that he decided to stay for a while.
Larry and Bernard met in the street while Bernard was asking for directions, he was kind of lost. Larry thought Bernard was a very cool animal. He has never seen a gargoyle before so he invited him to Magda's birthday party that night. Larry wanted everybody to meet this curious, cool, amazing animal....all the gang was there and everybody was charmed by Bernard's traveling stories... specially Magda.
Bernard was so glad to have met all this cool new friends in the city, he felt so welcomed, he felt part of the gang.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Cecilia is the youngest member of a large wool producing family. She was supposed to spend her life growing hair for carpets and sweaters as it was the tradition in her homeland Peru, but she didn't want this destiny for herself. Instead she wanted to be a Vedete and have her own show, so one day she stowed away on a ship bound for New York. At the beginning she struggled a lot and had to do odd jobs for a living. Time passed by and she finally found a theater called "El Teatro del Silencio" to perform, her show is a success.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Rimshi is a refugee from Tibet, she is the only member of her family who survived the Chinese invasion to Tibet and had the chance to escape somewhere else... so here she is in New York City.
Being a refugee has not been easy for her, however she always kept a bag full of dreams... some of them have come true already some others may in the future, is just a matter of presence and patience. She knows that!.
Now she helps other immigrants and refugees to adapt themselves to the new environment. Larry used to volunteer in the organization she works for, it was there where they became very good friends.
In her free time she likes to sing and play the guitar, she does it very well by the way!.
Rimshi is inspired in my dear friend Natalia who is also a warrior who fights for other's people's rights and helps them to become greater. Natalia also sings and has a bag full of dreams too, probably bigger than Rimshi's.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Caroline the wonderful writer who is collaborating with me in this project stopped by my place.
We had a great time talking about Larry and his friends and some other very interesting matters about life and it's mysterious ways of unfolding reality! life is so good sometimes! if we can turn those "sometimes" into every times that would be heaven...
Thank you Caroline for all your help, love and effort you are putting in this project. I really appreciate it!.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Gugu is a magnificent drum player...he left his family behind in Africa in search of new horizons and adventures. He met Larry in Union Square while Larry and Magda were performing, they connected instantly, now they are a very close friends.
Gugu is the sweetest guy ever! everybody loves him.