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Art in the Park online 2021: Special edition
IN CELEBRATION of its 15th anniversary, a special edition of Art in the Park will be held online from July 25 to Aug. 1. “Art in the Park Online 2021: Special Edition” will feature 63 galleries, four special exhibits, and more than 10,000 artworks priced at P70,000 and below. Since 2006, approximately P20 million have been raised through “Art in the Park” which has enabled the Museum Foundation of the Philippines to set up a grants program for varied cultural endeavors, including publications, support, and international benchmarking tours by executives of the National Museum of the Philippines. For more information, visit https://artinthepark.ph/.
Migs Villanueva’s In the Meantime
PAINTER and poet Migs Villanueva marks her 60th birthday with her 12th solo exhibition, “In the Meantime,” at the Art Lounge Manila until July 6. Her exhibition is visually divided into three phases. Like a good story, there is a beginning, a middle, and an end, which is based on our collective wish to the story of this pandemic. “It was such a sudden change. So, I wanted to portray that visually, with a more basic palette, which gives way to more color and more detail, as we progress. I focused on children. How they coped, given that they have been indoors now for more than a year and a half. Children have a natural resilience because their imagination allows them to be anywhere they want to be, even if they’re just in the house. Sometimes, a change of perspective can do wonders to our well-being. And this is what we can all do, in the meantime” Ms. Villanueva said in a statement. “In the Meantime” is presented by Art Lounge Manila, at the ground floor of The Podium Mall in Ortigas Center. For inquiries, call at 0919-990-1928 or e-mail email@example.com.
Instituto Cervantes presents literary festival
THE SPANISH cultural center Instituto Cervantes will hold “Benengeli 2021,” an online literary festival, from June 28 to July 1. It aims to promote a dialogue between Spanish-language writers and their colleagues in several English-speaking countries. Organized by the Instituto Cervantes headquarters in Madrid in collaboration with its centers in Manila, Manchester, and New York, the online festival will feature more than 50 videos, 11 podcasts, and three online talks subtitled in Spanish and English, and will count with the participation of almost 40 authors from a dozen countries, including two Filipinos — Jose Dalisay and Jessica Zafra. The entire event can be followed at the Instituto Cervantes de Manila YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/institutocervantesmanila). It will also have a podcast version airing from 2 p.m. daily.
ARTAblado presents Pinta-tonix
ROBINSONS Land’s ARTablad will be hosting a group exhibition entitled “Pinta-tonix: Five Artists on Different Scale Octave” and will feature artworks from five diverse artists namely: Esang Adame, Ismael Esbert, Joji Limayo, Ovidio Espiritu III and Viel Samaniego. “Pinta-tonix” comes from the word “pentatonic” which pertains to a musical scale with five notes per octave. It is a popular music pattern that is versatile, easy to remember and present in all music genres. Though these five artists come from different locations — Batangas, Tarlac, Rizal, Bulacan, Manila — and have different subjects and diverse styles, they were able to harmonize their love for art through their display of over 40 pieces. The exhibit will also include artworks of watercolor painter Rafael “Popoy” Cusi. The exhibit will run from July 1-15 at ARTablado Level 3, Veranda of Robinsons Galleria. For more updates, visit www.robinsonsmalls.com or like and follow ARTablado on Facebook and @artablado on Instagram.
Classics reimagined for Pride
PRIDE@TECH, a non-profit equality organization composed of LGBTQ+ volunteers and allies, in collaboration with Google, Facebook, IBM, Globe, and creative digital agency Propel Manila, celebrates Pride 2021 by making LGBTQ+ stories known through “Retold With Pride,” which retells classic iconic stories with a touch of Pride. The stories have been given LGBTQ+ representation, covering themes of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, love, sex, dating, coming out, and acceptance. The reworked stories include Pride and No Prejudice, Dragula, The Gay Gatsby, Life of Bi, Little Women Loving Women, including local classics like Ibong Adana, Florante at Awra, Si Malakas at si Makisig. The stories were written by Yenee Galicia, Austin, Tan, Eunice Maximo, and illustrated by Hayami Kudo, Nichole Sanchez, Marsh Mitra, Gab Pescadero, Brent Guzman, Ella Mercado, Arnel Villanueva, Roxette Gagal, Yuko Maki, and Third Lorenzo. According to Pride@Tech, even after Pride month, these stories will be turned into videos made available online, with a podcast solely dedicated to retelling classic stories with Pride. To contribute, connect with Pride@Tech or Propel Manila on Facebook or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celeste Lecaroz pays homage to Fernando Amorsolo
VISUAL artist Celeste Lecaroz is mounting a solo show, “Repetitio,” which runs from June 30 to July 28 at 1335Mabini in Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Ave. Exte., in Makati City. This exhibit is Ms. Lecaroz’s second for the year and her sixth one-woman show since 2018. “Repetitio” features derivatives of paintings by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo. Ms. Lecaroz’s paintings are officially licensed by the Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation and are derived from official copies of Amorsolo paintings cataloged in the books published by the foundation. Ms. Lecaroz chose which Amorsolo paintings she wanted to interpret and began creating the works from the time of NCR Plus lockdown until June. For more information about “Repetitio,” e-mail email@example.com or call 8818-0013.
Participative Solar Art exhibit in BGC
AS PART of the Day of Climate Action on July 3 to 4 — presented by Liter of Light, a Filipino-born global grassroots solar lighting movement, the Embassy of Italy, and the Philippine Italian Association — a huge woven participative solar artwork will be set up on 5th Avenue in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City at 6:30 p.m. on July 4. Coinciding with the International Day of Cooperation, July 4, the Day of Climate Action will include socially distant workshops at the tented area of My Street High Street to raise funds to provide a clean and sustainable source of energy to communities that have been affected by lack of tourists due to the pandemic. Liter of Light’s participative solar artwork, built using 1,500 hand-built solar lights, features a symbol for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action. The artwork is the latest in a series of pop-up artworks that Liter of Light has built across Metro Manila revolving around the UN SDGs in the lead-up to the global climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, this November. To learn more about Liter of Light and its Light It Forward campaign, visit www.lightitforward.ph.
Masterclass in art literacy
ART educators will learn how to heighten the creative educational experience of their students in a full online Masterclass in Art Literacy and Applications, offered by the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPaCE) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, scheduled for Saturdays on July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 and August 7 and 14, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The module is curated to provide art mentors with an in-depth understanding of the discipline and its aesthetics, the sources and influences that shaped Philippine Art, as well as the significance of art education in the country. The sessions will include discussions on the demystification of art, virtual museum visits, creating an on-site and post-visit guide for gallery, basic cultural mapping and workshops and presentations of online curatorial projects. The sessions will be facilitated by experienced educators and Benilde School of Design and Arts faculty members Lara Angelica Rosario and Angelica Viceral. The module fee is P18,495.