For most prospective high school graduates, spring break is generally regarded as a week of uninhibited partying in Cancun, most of which will not be remembered; followed by regretfully fuzzy headed morning afters! As appealing as this may sound to some, the choice between that and spending two weeks traveling around an Indonesian island with two of my best friends was a pretty easy one.
The two weeks we spent in Bali were so full and exciting that it would be impossible to sum up all the beauty of the country in a few words. For me, the most memorable period was the time we spent in Ubud, a city in the center of the island, known for its strong arts culture. From the breathtaking water palace, to the bustling marketplace, there is no end to the list of things to do and see. Along the streets are also many art galleries. These feature many styles and subjects ranging from traditional Balinese art to more abstract and expressionistic pieces. These art shops, intermingled with cafés and other boutiques were rich with Balinese cultural influence.
During our trip, Anneka, Rebecca and I were lucky enough to spend some time with a Javanese artist who was now living in Ubud, named Joe Mintardja. Joe told us about his amazing development as a painter and how his deep love for art has driven his lifestyle. He taught us how to paint with oil, and shared much of his wisdom as a painter. Joe has found success internationally, exhibiting in the United States, Europe and Asia. It was a privilege to be able to learn from someone with such talent and passion.
The time I spent in Bali was a great inspiration to me artistically. The beautiful people, the sounds, and the sights are not easily forgotten and many stories have been relived while unpacking the Balinese products this summer at the Third World Bazaar Barn. I had never been to Asia before, but now that I have been there, I know it won’t be long before I return.
Ariana has worked at the Bazaar for the last 4 years in numerous different roles.