Last week I had the amazing opportunity to meet and talk with Inocente Izucar, an incredible artist and beautiful person with a driving story and an even more inspiring soul. Inocente’s journey is one of hope and love and most importantly passion, teaching me that I can overcome obstacles and realize my dreams with those driving forces in my arsenal.
I was given this opportunity through the Kentucky Center for the Perfroming Arts, who called me up in the hopes of having paletas for the meet and greet following the screening of this multi talented documentary and Q&A with Inocente. In a mad rush of excitement I couldn’t turn this opportunity down! The theme of the night was traditional paleta flavors, some of my original recipes, one even that I had to pull off the dusty shelf and revitalize. You see, the director of this event had lived in Mexico while growing up, and a few years in both California and New Mexico, meaning she knew her flavors well. Well enough to ask specifically for Tamrindo, even when it wasn’t listed on my order list. In the end it was everything a paleta traditionalist could ask for, sweet Horchata, Mexican Chocolate with a kick, Cucumber Jalapeno, Tamarind, and of course, your traditional Strawberry, but made with whole fruit and no added anything, you can’t get better than that.
At the end of the evening, that’s when it became a special moment for me. With the crowds gone and only the staff and participants remaining I had a chance to meet and talk with Inocente. We discussed my paletas and her art and after sharing with her my personal favorites of her work, she generously insisted I take a piece with me. Signed, sealed and delivered. I am so excited to frame this peace and hang it in my home.
This piece resonated with me, even now when I think on it I can’t tell you why exactly. Maybe it has to do with the happenings of my personal life? I’m currently dealing with a loss of sorts and although it is a sad and un-wanted moment in my timeline, a storm of heavy clouds and rain, I know that every day will bring a brighter tomorrow. The color spoke to me. The theme inspired me. And Inocente shared a little bit of her soul with me.
Please, read more of Inocente’s story here, and be sure to check out the official documentory trailer here. You will be amazed, inspired and encouraged to follow your dreams, no matter what your obstacles may be.