Mandala Art Exhibit opens at SM Lanang

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


JAPANESE artist Oruha visits Davao City for her first international Mandala art exhibition at SM Lanang Premier Atrium.

The exhibit opens yesterday and on-going until December 13.

At her exhibit dubbed a "A Light in the Dark," Oruha showcases her finest Mandala art pieces yet and introduces this unique, symbolic art form to the Filipino audience.

Mandala, which means "circle" in the Sanskrit language, makes use of geometric patterns that represent the cosmos or the universe.

Referring to symbols that are drawn, sketched or painted in a circular frame, Mandala art has been used in Japan and all over the world as a form of self-expression, and as an illustration of personal growth and spiritual transformation.

Oruha, who hails from Akashi, Japan and studied at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, had a fateful encounter with Mandala when she was traveling in 2011. Since then, she has drawn more than 1,000 Mandala works and has held solo exhibits in Japan. This time Oruha aims to expand her reach outside Japan, and she has chosen Davao City as her first stop.

Alongside the exhibit, Charity Live Painting sessions will be conducted for the benefit of the survivors of typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas. These are being held daily at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Dabawenyos are invited to visit Oruha's exhibit and on-site charity painting sessions at SM Lanang Premier to discover more about this art and at the same time extend help to typhoon-hit communities.

The event is co-organized by SM Lanang Premier, Nakashin, CCC, Sandglass Media and Carpenter Frames. It is supported by the Japanese Consulate in Davao City.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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