Saturday, September 18, 2021

Artists, paintings for a cause

SOME people think of a painting as a very traditional medium or simply just another decor on a wall. But for artists, it is a language that they speak. A thousand words are embedded in paintings, challenging every spectator’s intellectual or creative pursuits.

There is a pleasure in painting which only painters know. More than just a work of art, paintings serve several purposes. With this in mind, Chong Hua Hospital Mandaue recently held its annual art exhibit.

The exhibit was open to the public from Oct. 23 to 30. It was joined by 58 Cebuano artists and featured 185 paintings. This was the eighth exhibit of Chong Hua Hospitals. The exhibit was led by artist Tina Marie Gandionco, who works in Chong Hua Hospital and was also an exhibitor herself.

“The exhibit gives Cebuano artists a chance to showcase their talents. It also a partnership because whatever proceeds they will get, they give a portion of them for the hospital’s charity,” said lawyer Dean Decal, senior vice president for hospital organization. Decal was also very happy that they were joined by young artists like Keara Limkakeng, 16, and Marianne Elowees Guinto, 24.

During the exhibit, several thought-provoking paintings left some event-goers staring at them for minutes. Artists were also doing sketches with live models.

Architect Clint Denver Ponsica exhibited his artworks for the first time. He uses watercolor as his medium, which is one of the most difficult to use. Ponsica paints scenes, objects, landscapes, structures and people living their daily lives.

“I chose to exhibit my works in Chong Hua knowing that the proceeds would really help people in the foundation,” Ponsica said. The annual charity programs of Chong Hua include free surgeries.

The exhibit is proof that paintings, more than just being products of creativity, can indeed help people in need.


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