TO be in the midst of artwork makes one more aware of his surroundings; scenes of people at work, at play and in veneration, as well as of memories of things past. One gets the feel of all this at “Visual Harmony,” an exhibit at Manila Art Frames on E. Benedicto St., Cebu City. “Visual Harmony” is a collaborative exhibit between eight Cebuano artists and four Manila artists, arranged by Art Portal Cebu and the venue.
At the exhibit, one may see the T’boli paintings by Jun Alfon and a Dinagyang lass by Jun Impas. Noel Bueza has three small sculptures of Philippine scenes in stainless metal, while Guido Lubanga has pen and ink sketches of old houses and their interiors. Tony Vidal has beautiful images of Mama Mary with Baby Jesus, as well as of the Sto. Niño.
Mark Almadin’s works are abstract while Jun Dinglasa’s work is in watercolor. So are the works of Julius Legaspi, who painted a Manila Flower Market. Cesar Castillo works with acrylic, while Fe Pepito uses oil in her rendition of a compassionate mother. Celso Pepito works in acrylic and mixed media, and has a striking painting of children learning to play the ukulele from an adult holding a guitar. Mixed media is the choice of Joseph Ong.
“Visual Harmony,” said Pepito who curated the exhibit, “[nurtures] a positive partnership in the promotion and development of art, thereby contributing to nation building. Art, if well taken care of, can facilitate harmony and therefore, elicits deeper understanding and cooperation among us. And as art reflects our sense of culture, it can help us appreciate and embrace the importance of who we are, and what we can be,” Pepito said.
“’Visual Harmony’ is also an attempt to understand the importance of respecting one’s individuality, and practice the sacredness of freedom. It hopes to transcend beyond misunderstanding but promotes the spirit of positive visual collaboration. Above all, this exhibit aims a nurturing the spirit of friendship among Filipino painters, thereby making the artist community a great factor for human, spiritual and artistic development in our country,” he added.
“Visual Harmony” is open for viewing only until today, Dec. 18. Visit, linger and be transported into the visions of the artists featured in the exhibit.