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6 women to showcase works in an exhibition starting June 14
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ALL WOMAN SHOW -- Six woman artists of diverse backgrounds will be showcasing their artworks in an exhibit dubbed, “In her point of view,” at the Baguio Country Club’s east veranda on June 14. Local artists Cara Bruno (left) and Alma Evita Mirador Maniago will be joining the exhibit mounted by Pasa-Kalye Art Project, a Baguio-based group that puts to the fore emerging and long-time local artists in Baguio. -- JJ Landingin

 

Six women of diverse backgrounds will show off their artistic skills in an exhibit entitled “In Her Point Of View” at the Baguio Country Club’s east veranda starting June 14.

“In a way, this exhibit is their way of liberating their artistic sides as the nation celebrates Philippine Independence Day,” said Pasa-Kalye Art Project lead convener Maricar Docyogen of the women’s show which will run for about a month. Pasa-Kalye is the exhibit’s main presenter.

“These ladies are professionals in their own fields. They are expected to spend their time and effort in their work. So this exhibit is way of liberating the inner artist hiding inside them,” Docyogen added.

The exhibit will show how Alma Evita Mirador Maniago, Raquel Diokno, Cara Bruno, Jenny Marsha Agtani, Jo-Anne Bray Siadto, and Gladys Anne Laciste view the male dominated society they live, work, and live in.

“In Her Point of View” seeks to enlighten viewers the side of why these women look at the world and the people who have been instrumental in their quest for understanding and acceptance.

Maniago is a single mother who has been into Baguio’s art scene since 2001.

“I just love colors and art,” says the BS Commerce graduate. “It makes me feel royal to the extent that I feel like a queen whenever I hold my paint brushes.”

Her biggest source of inspiration comes from her son, whom she dreams will mount his own. She says he son Rafael has greatly influenced her work.

Diokno considers herself to be an accidental artist after being asked to hold on to a sketchbook of her friend for a time. Unable to return the sketchbook on time, she started filling out with its pages with doodles. When she finally met up with her friend once more, she was praised for her impressive skills with pen and paper. Artists from a “nearby” gallery were also impressed by her sketches that they invited her into the group, and eventually egged her to try oil and canvass.

Bruno started out young in the art world.

“It was my favorite subject in school (both elementary and high school),” said the proud mother of Timmy with fellow artist and husband Hermino.

Art, for Cara, was a mere hobby until she found Tahong Bundok, the Baguio-based art group where Hermino belongs to.

Agtani uses old buttons, beads, and old jewelry in most of his works because her first job was as a fashion illustrator for a wedding gown shop for two years.

“I did bead work on wedding dresses which gave me an idea that maybe I can also sew these tiny objects on my canvass,” she adds.

Siadto sees art as an escape from her main job as a nurse at the Cordillera Hospital of Divine Grace in La Trinidad, Benguet.

“Although my subject matters vary from time to time, people have been my real obsession. I believe that every face has a story to tell, a vulnerability or vigor I yearn to capture.”

Laciste held a plethora of jobs involving one art form or another ever since she was in high school which gave her some financial independence.

“I wanted to pursue fine arts but my mother wanted me to follow in her accounting footsteps. As a result I didn’t go to college,” she said.

Docyogen, owner of Bookends, saw them and became interested. Soon I was sending my stuff to her shop for sale,” she adds.

She said “In Her Point Of View” is more about giving these ladies a chance for ladies to exhibit their work and give them the confidence to venture more into the arts in a world “dominated by male artists.”


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