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A Sonata of Sharing – Lola’s Gift to Mozart Cafe, Vinaros, Spain

My art experience was enriched during a recent vacation. This is a story of sharing with
particular Spanish flavour. In my travels there are few places that can match the manner
in which the Spanish share their friendship with one another. Despite their regional
differences their openness seems part of Spanish character.

Café Mozart had recently been renovated and redecorated. There were several new
paintings and photographs displayed in the café. Each day that I attended the café to
check my internet messages I saw the owner, Sergio, spending a considerable amount of
time admiring one painting. When I asked him why he was paying so much attention to
that painting, he explained that it was a gift that had been given to him by a client who
often stops by the café for coffee. He had taken it to his home but loved it so much that
he decided to bring it to the café. You could see his gratitude for the gift each time he
looked at it.

When speaking with the lady who had given the gift, I learned that she was originally
from Monovar, a city in the Alicante region of Spain. Monovar was her birthplace
and the painting was that of an artist, Felicita Gran, from that region. Lola is proud of
her birthplace and enjoys telling people about the foods of the region and its special
buildings and events. The painting is a landscape but what makes it special is the story
that unfolded about its new home at Café Mozart. Although it could have been a piece
of silent history, when I heard the story of the gift I thought it worthy of sharing with the
press in Vinaros and Alicante to show the interaction of people from the two regions of
Spain. It is a story that says something about the character of the Spanish that helps to
explain why Spain is a country so attractive to visitors. People are welcomed not only by
the sun and beautiful beaches but also by the people of Spain with their open and warm
character. Mozart café brings us a new sonata, the soft music of sharing.

La Sonata – Un Regalo de Lola al Café Mozart, Vinaros, España

Durante una de mis breves visitas a España, mi experiencia artistica se ha
enriquecido. Para mí, esta historia tiene un sabor particularmente español,
un regalo de amistad y el intercambio que a menudo puedes experimentar en
España. En mis viajes, son pocos los lugares en los que me encuentro con un
sentido de apertura y compartir. Sigo impresionada por la manera en la que
la gente española ofrece su amistad a los demás. A pesar de las diferencias
regionale esto forma parte del carácter español.

Café Mozart ha sido recientemente renovado y redecorado. Vi que Sergio, el
propietario, pasaba una cantidad considerable de tiempo admirando un cuadro
colgado en un rincón del restaurante. Le pregunté por qué miraba con tanta
atención la pequeña pintura y me explicó que era un regalo de un
cliente que a menudo se detiene en la cafetería para tomar un café. Dijo que le
encantaba la pintura, tanto que se decidió llevarlo a la cafetería. Puedo apreciar
la gratitud en su rostro cuando mira la pintura. Lola, el cliente, se siente
orgulloso de compartir un regalo de su tierra natal Monovar.

Lola ha adquirido recientemente la pintura de paisajes del artista, Gran Felicita,
de Monovar se encuentra en la región de Alicante. La pintura es un paisaje pero
lo que hace que esta pintura especial es la historia que se desarrolla alrededor
de su lugar en Café Mozart. Ahora se ha convertido en parte de la historia de la
cafetería. A pesar de que podría haber sido otra pieza de la historia en silencio,
cuando me enteré de la historia que quería compartir con la prensa en Vinaros y
en la región de Alicante, así como a mis lectores en

Es una historia que ayuda a explicar por qué España es un país que atrae
a tantos visitantes. ¿Por qué la gente de todo el mundo sabe que será bien
recibido, no sólo por el sol y las playas hermosas, sino también por la gente
de España y su carácter abierto y cariñoso. Café Mozart y el paisaje poco nos
trae una nueva pieza de música, una sonata de calidez y amistad que se ven a
menudo en España.

Text © 2012 Charalee Graydon

About Charalee Graydon

Art Chat introduces art, photography, poetry and narrative and invites submissions from artists and poets from around the world who wish to share their work. Due to demand and time constraints not all work is able to be accepted for publication. Charalee works closely with in producing the materials for this site. The technical and artistic expertise of Kamal at Photofade and those who help with translation is recognized and appreciated.. All images and materials are the property of the artist. No reproduction is allowed without authorization.

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