THE Children of Abba’s Orchard School of Montessori recently held two exhibits in Cebu to help other children with cancer of the Kythe Foundation, Inc. and street kids under the care of Community Scouts Youth and Guidance Center.
The intention of the exhibits, which were held from July 15 to 21 and July 28 to August 4 at the Cebu Artists Inc. (CAI) Art Exhibit Area, 3rd floor of the Ayala Cebu Mall, was to share the expressions of children artists to their parents and to all the viewers hoping to give joy and encouragement.
The exhibits also aimed to help a teacher of the school who is undergoing chemo therapy for breast cancer stage 3.
The art works were made under the tutelage of Christian painter, Arlene Suico Villaver assisted by Ryan Roy Barral.
Whoever buys and collects a precious work or two joins them in reaching out to other children.
The first group composed of 13 elementary and 14 high-school students exhibited their selected artworks done in 2016-17 with the theme: ‘Art With A Heart 2’ and the second group composed of 12 students, exhibited their artworks with the theme: “The Things We Did Last Summer’.
It is said in Matthew 12:13, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Out of the many beautiful art works these students have passionately done, they have shown their best one or two works -- one is for sale and one is for them and their family to keep.
And out of the abundance of their hearts, they share the proceeds of their selected art works to other children who need support and love with identified beneficiaries being the children with cancer under the care of Kythe Foundation, Inc. based in Perpetual Succor Hospital.
The other exhibit themed as: ‘The Things We Did Last Summer’ is inspired from the Christian verse: “My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing (draw and paint) and make music (art) with all my soul.” Psalm 108:1.
Last summer was a time of discovering and honing the artistic and teaching skills that the Lord has entrusted to the children and teachers. Every week of the three-week sessions, the art room was a showcase of visual samples done by the teachers and the children to inspire the eight students, changing each week as they finished works, as the days of fun art activities progressed.
Finally, the exhibit was done with art works in progression using charcoal, acrylic, experimenting charcoal and acrylic on one paper, and mask collage. The making of the mask was a collaborative work between two students, doing each other’s faces using POP bandage with much delight; then, individually proceeding to do a collage by sticking the mask on a board, applying acrylic paints and other materials to complete their imaginative composition.
Likewise, 29 children from One World Montessori House also exhibited their art works, themed as ‘Kids’ Art Diaries’ last July 22-27, 2017 in the same venue under Christian Artist Arlene Villaver.
The famous Pablo Picasso had said, “Art is a diary.”
The 29 exhibited select art works done from January to March 2017; works that tell about their thoughts, feelings, and their experiences expressed with all gusto, joy, and spontaneity.
Included in this article are the children’s artworks for sale, some of which have already been sold.
Those who are interested to purchase these paintings for a good cause are requested to coordinate with Christian Artist, Arlene S. Villaver at her mobile number 0922-908-5623, or through Abba’s Orchard School of Montessori (032) 232 9618 and One World Montessori House (032) 266 8191. (Malou A. Alorro/PR)