THE art works of children from Señor Santo Niño Home Inc., a shelter for abandoned kids in Taculing, Bacolod City, took the spotlight in “Fridge Art” at Tacoritto, Eroreco on March 5.
Behind the event is 19-year-old Vanneza Clear Estañol, a senior Communication student at University of St. La Salle, whose love for orphaned kids inspired her to organize the display as part of the requirement in her senior’s project.
She shared to SunStar Bacolod how her personal advocacy led her to this endeavor.
Tell us what is “Fridge Art” and the idea behind it.
Fridge Art exhibit is a showcase of artworks made by children of Señor Santo Niño Home Inc. in line with my advocacy “Little Wonders” geared towards giving young orphans an outlet for their creativity. It’s like an “art therapy” for abandoned children.
The artists are between 5 and 12 years old. My goal is to let people know the capacity of these orphans in art, and to let the children themselves express what they feel, what they want to share, and tell the people. It is also giving them freedom in terms of creativity, expression, and imagination.
It is called Fridge Art from the idea that parents usually post the artworks of their children on the fridge (at home).
In this exhibit, the gallery is their own version of a fridge, and different people can see and appreciate their works and the messages behind them.
What inspired you to do “Fridge Art?”
Children always have special ways to touch my heart and I wanted to give back something to them especially to the abandoned ones.
Before, in every school outreach, I would always be excited to mingle with the beneficiaries, particularly the children. One time, our class visited a foundation and I got too attached to the children, it was difficult for me leave.
I still want to stay with the kids and they also do not want to let me go.
Since then, I always see foundations and orphanages as place where I can be of help, and give something to the children.
The biggest factor that inspired me to do this exhibit is giving back something to the orphans by showing their works to people and letting them tell their stories in the most artistic way possible.
Showcasing their artworks is not just about letting the people be impressed and be awed by their works, but to also let them know the artists behind these.
It’s about the masterpieces who also made their own masterpieces.
What message do you want to send through this exhibit?
Usually, doing something for the orphans us just a “one time, big time” thing where we just remember them when we would think of outreaches and giving out donations. We never thought that letting them share their stories and their talents can also be a big help for them. We should give them an outlet for them to express and know what they can do because they too have something to contribute to society. I just want people to not only notice or see them but to really feel them. (NLG)