La Gringa Chilena


La Gringa Chilena

I'm currently traveling my way through college trying to figure out just what I want to do with my life and where. I have a passion for art and spanish culture, but I won't be a bit surprised if new passions find me along the way in life.

North America » United States » Iowa » Cedar Falls October 15th 2009

Hola a todos! I just wanted to announce my upcoming show at the University of Northern Iowa! If you are in the area stop by the Kamerick Art Building on UNIs campus to take a look at a reflective collection of photos, materials, and lessons learned this summer while teaching screen printing in Chile. I want to thank you again for your support and encouragement during my months abroad. My life is richer for the people in it and that includes each and every one of you and your communication with me. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Details: Serigrafia en Sudamerica: A reflection of screen printing adventures in Chile Amy Martens Show on display and open to the public in the Dean's Triangle (2nd floor of Kamerick Art Building) 19-25 de Octubre, 2009 Opening Re... read more

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica August 1st 2009

Alright.. It's my last day in Arica. I'm currently trying to fit everything in my suitcases (with little luck). I really didn't buy much here but i'm trying to bring back some of the extra art supplies (I overshot how much i'd need). I donated about half of everything to the university program and about 1/4th to friends but I still have some ink and frames im working on bringing back along with gifts I'm carrying for the dean here since his daughter lives in cedar falls. (Just a heads up, most of the presents I am bringing back are fotos haha). My trip this year was amazing. I don't really have the time to write a big final how things went here update, nor the emotional strength to do so in this moment. But I ... read more
these kids are our future...
saying goodbye is never easy
Veni Vidi Vici

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica July 24th 2009

As of yesterday I have officially finished my screen printing adventures in Arica, Chile. (well. we'll see if i'm really really done; I still have a week here so who knows) I came back from my trip wanting to have workshop style classes open to everyone. My previous classes were good and fun, but didn't seem to be the most advantageous to todos. I taught a select group of students and had really horrible attendance with the second group. So I talked to the dean and my supervising professor about having open workshops this week to whoever wanted to come. Now that the semester is over I can use the classrooms whenever I want. They were worried I wouldn't have any students, but a simple email and facebook message brought in more students in two days ... read more
vale and gustavo
don't cry over

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica July 16th 2009

Hola a todos! So I made it home safely last night from my wild adventure of a viaje with my friend Francisco (and new friend Pablo). I have enough memories, stories, fotos, and observations to fill your mind for hours, but for the sake of avoiding carpal tunnel and saving some stories for tea time in person, i'll do a quick (keep in mind I am still Amy, so quick=half a novel) recap and attempt to select just the highlights in pictures. 3 de Julio-Viernes- Flew to Santiago Chile, Met up with Francisco, walked around Chile's capital all day/night. Saw Plaza de Armas, la Moneda (presidents house), Cerro Santa Lucia, Barrio Bohemio y Bella Vista. Returned to Pancho's home in Machali 4/5 de Julio-Fin de Semana- Happy birthday USA!!-Spent the weekend with Pancho in his house, ... read more
la moneda (president's house in santiago)
cerro santa lucia
view of santiago

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica July 1st 2009

I can't believe I've been here nearly a month already. This last month is going to fly by sooo quickly. I've finally returned to my habit of taking obscene amounts of photos, so I thought I'd do a photo update. Friday morning at 7am I fly to Santiago (yes, it was supposed to be Sunday, I changed my flight to have a little extra travel time and make it for Francisco's family birthday party Saturday). For the next two weeks I'll be traveling with my Chilean friend who studied with my in Iowa this past semester (we road tripped to Colorado in May and he spent time in Winterset, so some of you have met him). We have very tentative plans of heading to Argentina Sunday, seeing Mendoza and continuing to Buenos Aires where i'll be ... read more
SAA represent.
mi familia chilena
a las canchas (the courts)

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica June 23rd 2009

So they tell me I made the local news Sunday night. I didn't see it, but.. it's kind of cool I suppose :) Sunday I woke up really really early and left my house at 4:45 to take a bus outside of town to climb a mountain to watch the sunrise. wow. Chile has an interesting affect on me. It was FREEZING.. and I waited with a few friends for 2 hours... The Aymara new year starts with the first rays of light on the solstice. So we waited. and waited. and waited. and waited. and finally started seeing light around 7:30 because of the fog from the ocean. lol. It was really interesting to see the traditions and rituals though, and everyone was extremely eager to talk to us gringas about why we were there ... read more
Big Group gathered!! finally seeing some light!
part of my first class and my assisting professor Omar Gonzalez
view of Arica at 5am

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica June 21st 2009

Well, I still haven't taken many photos yet, but the kids at Aldea SOS always steal my camara so thanks to them I have nearly 400 now. I've kept busy lately; in typical amy-manner..... My official university classes begin Monday this week, but I've been teaching informal workshops/lessons to practice and spread the love of screen printing. I first made sure to teach Rodrigo and his Mom. They were my inspiration that some of you read about for coming back to teach art here. Rodi is really creative, and always looking for new outlets to express his ideas. His mom is an artist who sells her stuff (jewelry and purses.. if you've seen my stuff from Chile most all of it is hers) in the paseo en el centro. I visited their apartment (right next to ... read more
our screen printing workshop in aldea sos
helping my chillins
seba's shirt

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica June 14th 2009

Hola a todos- Sorry it seems it's been a while; many have requested updates. The honest truth is I've been crazy busy 24-7 since I arrived! BIG art update: Last week, I waited for news on my classroom that a friend was supposedly finding for me, only to find out after a week of waiting that I "couldn't use a classroom because I wasn't a professor." cool. So, I did what any normal person would do-scratch that what Amy would do- and went to talk to the Dean of the department (basically like CHAFA at UNI, but includes a little different colleges because they don't really have the art/theater components). I talked to him about my project and my goal to teach down here. Told him about the scholarships I got from the Curris Award and ... read more

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica June 10th 2009

I can't believe I've already been here one week. I am happy to say that the honeymoon feeling has finally started to pass, it was wearing me out :) When I arrived I was just overwhelmed with different emotions and soo many things to do to help the group here; answering questions, making connections, finding houses and answers, free passes for dancing ;) haha Much has changed in one year though. I'm so thankful to still have my friends and familiar places, but some of the most important things have gone or changed in this year. There is a lot of construction (in my house, on campus and down town). My old stomping ground, bar alto, no longer exists; and my best friend Victor isn't here anymore. The university is not on strike, so that in ... read more

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica June 3rd 2009

Hola a todos! A quick message just to let you all know that I arrived safely after 26 hours of traveling/layovers. I am EXHAUSTED, physically and emotionally to be back in Chile. We've already had our share of fun adventures crossing the border and running through airports with our luggage/tracking down lost bags/shrink wrapping exploded suitcases. I think this group is going to keep me pretty busy after all :) Now we are all in our homes, resting, unpacking... I'm off to my siesta, but it looks to be a fun few days of watching la cueca (national dance), spending time with tons of Bolivian students visiting Arica this week, watching the world finals of the surf competition here, celebrating the 7th of June with fireworks this weekend, and of course, catching up with my friends ... read more

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