Sunday July 22, 2018

The master meets the young

YOUNG artists, students of fine arts in Davao City stand to meet, greet, and listen today to one of the country's internationally acclaimed artists Araceli Limcaco Dans, who in her more than eight decades, wielded the brush in its finest form.

A realist, her artworks stand out with her recurring motif, the calado: Dainty lace painted like real in oil and watercolor, you could feel the patience as only a mother of ten would have.

Pinterest posts have described Dans as "The Filipino female artist who broke the rules of aquarelle," as her distinct style stands out in the lightness of the hand that wields the brush.

She is credited for starting the fine arts program of the Philippine Women's University (PWU) and the Art Department of the Ateneo de Manila. A graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman School of Fine Arts, she is among the lucky few who was mentored by Fernando Amorsolo, known as the Grand Old Man of Philippine Art.

In the introduction to a book about her art entitled, "Araceli Limcaco Dans: A Coffee Table Book," it quotes a French newspaper as having this to say about her art: “They are beautiful. They are not ordinary. The watercolor paintings of Araceli Dans, who is from the Philippines, will leave even the insensitive with nostalgic thoughts of romance and a love for beautiful things.”

Dans will be joining the young artists, along with the veteran ones, at Marco Polo Hotel today at 1-4 p.m. as the students are getting more and more exposure to the big names in the art world with an art residency program initiated by Mindanao artist Rey Mudjahid "Kublai" P. Millan, who will be bringing in Bacolod artists led by Charlie Co and Manila artists led by Manny Garibay next week to meet and greet and work with the students.