Art competition for a cause held

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

ONE might think a visit to an evacuation center would be a bleak experience; populated by people who have lost their homes and family members, people who have experienced the horror of roaring, violent gales tearing away their shelter and possessions until nothing is left.

But despite the uncertainty and worry about the future, the survivors from Leyte and Samar were full of grace and dignity. And with the help of countless organizations and individuals, a new beginning is made possible.

Qube Gallery, in cooperation with art teacher Niña Mancao, organized an art competition, documented by three talented Cebuano photographers.


The aim was to activate the children and channel their creativity in a therapeutic way.

Toddlers worked with non-toxic coloured clay in creating mini sculptures. Children from category 1 (up to 7 years old) and category 2 (8 to 17) used crayons, colored pencils and poster paint in creating paintings and doodles on illustration boards and paper. The response was immediate and enthusiastic. In no time, every available spot became a young artist’s workshop.

To the organizers’ surprise, adults came and asked if they could get to draw as well.

Soon, the oldest were as absorbed as the young. A 70-year-old lady, who surely hasn’t drawn in years, was drawing carefully and detailed piece of a house. Perhaps it was the house she lost or it may be the house she wishes for.

The competition was held on the mornings of Dec. 10 and 11.

Judging the competition were Bea Sagun of Qube Gallery and Stephan Zenz of Exposé Hairstyling and fashion designer Ciege.

First, second and third winning entry in categories 1 and 2 were awarded cash prizes between P500 and P4,000.

Three finalists were chosen from the 18 and over group, who received P1,000 each. More than the financial rewards, the most rewarding were the proud smiles.

The works from this competition carry a special significance because of their authenticity and timing. They are a powerful reminder of the strength and resilience of the Filipino, painted with the color of hope.

All organizers and volunteers left Tinago Evacuation Center in Barangay Tinago, Cebu City hardly feeling sorry for the survivors, but enriched by their sense of optimism.

The art works, alongside photos of the competition by Bob Lim, Gerard Pareja and Theo Gacasan, were exhibited at the SM North Wing from Dec. 27 until Jan. 2. It was curated by Prof. Sio Montera.

All proceeds went to financing further art workshops with Niña Mancao in northern Cebu, Leyte and Samar.

Blank Canvas was made possible through the support of Tinago Barangay Captain Joel Garganera, Lim, Pareja, Theo Gacasan, Stephen Alconaba Atenta, A A. & K., Emma and Tony Wee of Small Wonders, Vanessa Ammann, Ciege, Christie Lee, Tom Jopson, Workers and Artisans, Pow Designs, Red Tag, Michael Dino, Yayoy’s Grill, Expose Salon and Qube Gallery.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 08, 2014.


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