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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, May 29, 2020

‘Happy My Heart, Merry My Days’
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

A virtual solo art exhibit of Manila visual artist Migs Villanueva is ongoing at Charlie’s Art Gallery at Italia Restaurant in Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

The show, “Happy My Heart, Merry My Days”, is a melancholic appreciation of our lives and the memories we make with our loved ones, a press release from organizers said.

Villanueva is celebrating her first decade in painting, a career she had not really planned on having, but which she has excelled in.

Tutored by Malang, she is a former president of the Saturday Group. Since she started, she had exhibited all over the Philippines, in various art fairs both local and abroad, and in neighboring countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Japan.

Like her mentor, she has mastered the evocative, through the use of color, outline, and diffused brush strokes.

“Through the use of just three dots, she can express an innocent stare, a joyful laugh, a nervous giggle, longing, or a child’s impetuous sulking after something has been denied to him,” the press release said.

Through a style that conjure beauty through an austere simplicity, Villanueva helps us recall how we once valued a leaf, shadows cast as we sit under moonlight, a tiring afternoon of play, or the reassuring presence of a sibling or a friend, the press release added.*

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