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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, September 16, 2016

‘Multiply Life' at Italia

An art exhibit featuring the works of Anna de Leon, titled “Multiply Life”, opened September 9 at Charlie's Art Gallery at Italia Restaurant, Paseo Verde Building in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, and will run until October 9.

The exhibit also features special collaboration with artists Hermes Alegre , Gerrico Blanco , Jaime Gubaton , Francis Nacion , Roel Obemio , Carlo Ongchangco , Omi Reyes , Jose Ferdinand Rojas II , Migs Villanueva, and Lydia Velasco.

Having joined the Saturday Group of Artists in 2000, serving as its president from 2008-2010, Anna, who earned her interior design degree from the University of Santo Tomas, is joined by her colleagues in the Saturday Group for this exhibition.

Famous for their “interaction paintings” where two or a few artists combine their individual styles and work on a canvas, the Saturday Group continues in this tradition, hosted by each of Anna's canvases where she provides the background.

In this spirit of collaboration and kinship, Anna continues in her tradition of naming each of her pieces after love songs, or phrases that have an affiliation with music.

In “Time After Time (2016)”, she shares her canvas with Omi Reyes, known for his mixed media work and affinity with the Steampunk genre, while in “Serenade (2016)” and “Astrud (2016)”, Roel Obemio and Francis Nacion, respectively, contribute to the completion of the work.

Anna's long-time friend and current Saturday Group of Artists president, Migs Villanueva, provides the main subject for “Catch (2016)”.

In all of these interaction pieces, each artist is honored with sharing their own creative styles and symbols with Anna's own: quail eggs, feathers and dragonflies. The representation of strings populates Anna's work, perhaps to show a connection between each individual creating the art or viewing it.

In the Saturday Group of Artists, the string of friendship and a common love for art connect its members, including Anna. They are bound to share the canvas, much like they partake in their real life camaraderie.*CGS

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108 students qualify for VMC's
4th interschool art competition

Over a hundred students across the Negros Island qualified for the 2016 Interschool Art Contest sponsored by Victorias Milling Co., with the bulk coming from the Occidental side, a press release from VMC said.

The 108 students were pre-selected from hundreds of entrants who registered online for the competition, which is now on its fourth year.

Award-winning Negrense artists Rafael Paderna, Dennis Ascalon, Raymond Legaspi, Barry Cervantes and Moreen Austria were the judges in the pre-judging competition at Planta Hotel in Bacolod City recently. Qualifiers were pre-selected based on uploaded photos of previous artworks submitted online.

The 67 students from Negros Occidental have been sent official invites to the on-the-spot competition divided into three categories – the Negros Island Region elementary, NIR high school, and NIR tertiary – scheduled on September 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orange Gallery in Bacolod City, the press release said.

For the elementary category, 16 entrants representing the Bata Elementary School II, Jack & Jill School/Castleson High/Sidera SpeCC, Nazareth Institute, Talisay Elementary School, St. John's Institute, Paglaum Village Elementary School, Jose J. Gonzaga Elementary School, St. Scholastica's Academy, Efigenio-Enrica Lizares Memorial School, and Asuncion L. Lizares Elementary School were chosen for the competition.

The high school category had the most number of entries from all over the province, of which 34 students were chosen, coming from the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Bacolod Tay Tung High School, Victorias National High School, Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School, La Castellana National High School, Don Bosco Technical Institute, St. Scholastica's Academy, Holy Family High School-Bacolod, Murcia National High School, Riverside College Inc. Senior High School, Sagay National High School, Dr. Vicente F. Gustilo Memorial National High School, Jack & Jill School/Castleson High/SideraSpeCC, La Consolacion College Bacolod, Negros Occidental National Science High School, and the Prestige Comprehensive School.

For the tertiary category, the 17 qualifiers came from La Consolacion College, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, University of St. La Salle, Southland College in Kabankalan, Riverside College, and the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center, the press release said.

The on-the-spot competition for Negros Oriental qualifiers will be held October 1 at the Bethel Guest House in Dumaguete City.

Five finalists from each category will be chosen from Negros Occidental and Oriental. All artworks will be exhibited at the SMX Convention Center where the final judging and awards night will be held October 8.

The contest, which was initiated in 2013, has expanded since last year to an island-wide search for talented visual artists.

Cash prizes and computer packages for the schools of winning artists are at stake, including a continuing mentoring for the winners through workshops with experts in the field of visual arts, and a company-sponsored exhibition for tertiary level winners.

In re-inventing the competition, VMC is collaborating with Negrense artists Rafael Paderna, Rodney Martinez and Charlie Co.

Official results can be viewed in the company website at http://victoriasmilling.com/VMC-Art-Contest-2016/ , the press release added.*

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