Organized by: Jack Large
EVENT DATE Aug 31, 2015
Terri Cabral and Sean Poole have for over a decade, managed the Antonio Gattorno Foundation with panache, optimism and moral clarity. Their story, entwined as it is with that of its namesake, the once-celebrated and since substantially overlooked Cuban painter, is one of familial love, the love of art, and the love men and women have for each other. It is an irresistible story to me, and there remains much to be told of it. In the process of the telling, I will join with Sean and Terri, for whom my respect and admiration has grown steadily as I watch them overcome the incessant challenges of the mission they have embraced, to face the future with strength and a vigor renewed daily from within their partnership.
The goal of the fundraiser is two-fold: tell their story to those with sufficient interest to support the work financially, and to produce a film script and production plan for a documentary of "natural length". Sean's award-winning biography, "Gattorno: a Cuban Painter for the World", a name bestowed by close friend Ernest Hemingway will go into a 2nd Edition, if we do our jobs properly, and it will mean making a volume of already dazzling beauty and quality even more so.
As I write this, only two weeks remain until Sean's featured presentation about the Hemingway-Gattorno relationship at the annual Hemingway Festival jointly sponsored by Idaho Humanities Council, Boise State University and the Ketchum Community Library. His appearance is predicted to create quite a stir, as the connection between the two men was far closer than has been widely known. shortly after the painter learned that the author and his dear friend "Ernesto" had taken his life, he stopped painting which had been, aside from his wife, the sister of Terri Cabral's father, his reining passion in life.
Gattorno's career was one that soared in his time, and the evidence is plentiful. Like so many fleeting "moments of fame", it inevitably declined over the half-century since his heyday. The one thing that has not declined is the genius that shines out of every work produced by his masterful hand. At one time, the accumulation of that work left behind with the passing of Gattorno's widow, Isabel Cabral, was monumental. What happened to it is a story that tracks the turbulent years of US-Cuban relations, and meanders through the art history of three continents.
There is much more to be learned from this story, and it is one unfolding daily in the lives of Sean Poole and Terri Cabral. I challenge anyone who loves a good story about the role of art, love and intrigue in the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary experiences, will not be disappointed by any investment they make in this project. The name of the project, Tio Antonio, is that by which an admiring little girl addressed her beloved uncle, the man who said of himself, simply: "I am Gattorno"