Celebrating summer with colors

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Monday, May 12, 2014

A blaze of gold in an early morning of May. The spread of yellow on the once barren field. The burst of green down the meadows. An ocean of blue next to the shore. A blanket of pastel above the skyline just before nighttime. Summer. A timely season to celebrate colors.

TO French impressionist painter Claude Monet, color is a day-long obsession, joy and torment.

Thus banners the “Colors of Summer,” a month-long art fare presented and curated by Cebu Artist Incorporated (CAI) in cooperation with Ayala Center Cebu.


The exhibit, which kicked off last Wednesday, is a celebration of diversity. Flowers, sea creatures and nature on canvas dominated the space. Abstract and sculpted items also had their share.

A splash of 47 (old and new) pieces in different mediums were collectively displayed by Efren Enolva, Julieto Angana, Dondon Bayawa, Ryan Roy Barral, Arnel Belda, Karby Beloy, Irvin Benlot, Crispin Bobier, Ariel Caratao, Harry Co, Reynan Dingal, Rod Steven Espinosa, Alfred Fuentes and Luther Galicano.

Rounding out the list of artists are Robert Gonzales, Sharon Handang, Emar Lacorte, Malvin Lim, Elroy Julius Managbanag, Jason Manlangit, Eli Manongas, Hali Marmol, Rechie Maranga, Melver Mercado, Jess Najarro, Kherla Sanchez, Jose “Kimsoy” Yap Jr., Pempe Ybanez and Marlone Ylanan.

The show is positioned as an invitation to those non-CAI members who, just like the majority population of local players, are also confronted with exposure issues. True enough, a competitive bunch down here is most of the time, deprived of proper avenues.

“With random activities organized by support groups such as CAI, artists, especially those who are still painting their watermarks in the scene, are encouraged to pump up, if not maintain their momentum in the industry,” Enolva of Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines Inc. lauded the initiative.

“Colors of Summer” runs until May 30 as an animated staging of local art at the third level expansion building of Ayala Center Cebu.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 13, 2014.


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