Bridging arts

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

WHEN the gallery became bare, its creative occupants could have just spent the remainder of their stay wandering around the busy streets outside. But a mural killed time the best and eventually, favored a sequel to the maiden art exchange between nations. Let the next lines explain this cryptic message.

Instead of roaming aimlessly in Malaysia after their participation in Art Malaysia, Art Tourism, last September, the traveling members of Cebu Artists, Inc. (CAI) painted a mural in three days for Eden Community Services Center (ECSC) in Kluang, Johor. The seven-by-nine foot piece was a donation for a humble church-based organization which aims to influence the youth as effective citizens. From there, the idea of a second exhibit in Malaysia was born.

With links from Dr. Sonny Maathai and head pastor Paul Tam of ECSC, six CAI artists revisited Malaysia on Dec. 21 to 22 for the staging of “Bridging Cultures” in Kluang Mall and brought in their individual identities.

Having built a reputation in the utilization of cubic simplicity in the making of his works, for example “When Golden Opportunity Knocks,” genuine sincerity stands to be an important element in the inner process of the signature style of Celso Duazo Pepito.

Fe Madrid Pepito’s love affair with art is exemplified by themes revolving around the quintessence of being feminine. Fe speaks as the woman herself with “Maria Cristina Falls” and “Essence of a Woman.”

Painting largely in the realist vein, Darby Vincent Alcoseba’s proficiency with watercolors and oils is effectively channeled through “Eu Chateau” and “Sin Yoon Loong.”

The creative bent and deliberate choice for the positive of Sonia Yrastorza allow her to produce reflections on antiques, old houses and even the seemingly unimportant little things, which nevertheless speak most of the way people live their lives.

His early awareness of art and painting came by way of his father, who did framing jobs for many local artists until the young Renulo Torino Pautan discovered his own voice in the field.

Meanwhile, Joseph Joel Cristobal has recently been preoccupied with capturing the geographical beauty and the rich culture of the people of Rizal.

“Art is a potential factor in the ministry of tourism. The objective of the latest exposure in Malaysia is to develop a flourishing friendship with offshore affiliates as international fellowship is sustained through a deeper appreciation and clearer understanding of arts among countries,” Celso underlined.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 23, 2013.


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