Havana '59 Exhibition and Sale at Eastern University - Opening - November 11, 2011

Presented by Eastern University, Friends of the Library, and Pennsylvania Trust to benefit the David R. Black Academic Enrichment Fund. Click here to for tickets to the November 11,2011 Grand Opening at the Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor

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The Castle

24" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas
George H. Rothacker, 2010©


Owned by Pennsylvania Trust
Prints are available.

Please contact george@rothackeradv.com

While in Havana, it seemed to us that a police presence was on every corner. In fact, along the the Miramar, one man was accosted by a policeman simply because he wasn't wearing a shirt within the city boundaries.

Crime rates in Cuba seems to remain significantly lower than many other major cities worldwide, with Cuban police acting strongly against any crime, particularly in Havana.

Petty theft, however, is a problem. According to our guide, Ibrahim, many people steal for petty cash. Most needs are taken care of by the government, but people will steal to purchase alcohol or small luxuries they can't afford.

As shown in the painting, "The Castle," stray dogs are abundant in Havana. In fact, more than 20,000 strays can be found on the streets of Cuban cities. In Cuba most canines have a stable home, but "because of their owners' lack of responsibility they spend most of the day out on the streets," says Nora García, president of the non-governmental Cuban Association for the Protection of Animals and Plants (Aniplant).

The dogs do have street smarts. While passing the cigar factory in Havana, we noticed a dog walking by us on three legs, the other tucked up as if injured. As he moved past us, he dropped his paw and resumed his walk on four legs without as much as a limp.