|The pianist and crowd in the gallery|
This Spanish / Latin American themed event proved popular, with a large crowd of people turning up. At the piano a Cuban jazz musician––Miguel de Armas––entertained us, his wife wearing a dress that looked like a keyboard. He played brilliantly, although most people were talking too avidly to listen, most of the time. We were served tapas prepared by a handsome chef, Rene Rodrigas, who has a restaurant in the Byward Market called Navarra.
The vibrant paintings on display in the main room were by an artist from Córdoba, Argentina, Carmen Buteler. She spoke to us in Spanish during the speeches, saying how grateful she was for the opportunity to show us what she does. She doesn't speak much English but knows "a number of visual languages ... travels the world and paints life. The real and the imaginary. The figurative and the abstract." She spent ten years of her life living in "barren and desolated Patagonia."