BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
Eight women visual artists have come together for a group art exhibition at the White Space Gallery at the Art, District in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City to celebrate women’s evolution or freedom from being just a beautiful subject on the canvas to being the artist themselves.
The show titled “Let’s Celebr8”, which runs from July 30 to August 20, features the works of Charlaine Barrido, Nilda Claveraz, Leizel Lacsao-Dator, Joy Delleva, Julia “Amai” Lopue, Janna Remus, Leah Divino-Samson, and Mona Quevenco-Terre.
Perhaps the greatest irony for women in the arts in the early ages is that they have inspired some of the greatest pieces that have and will continue to outlive their creators and yet, somehow, those who attempted to paint like the masters were considered abnormal, unladylike and even vulgar in those days.
It is important to look back and remember, and to acknowledge the work of women from the last century, who were able to show to the world that they can be mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, while at the same time also become an artist.
Women are the warriors of their own stories, who have fought for their right to create and not just remain on one side of the canvas, and will continue to sustain this place that they have earned for themselves in this world…”For that which is dreamed can never be lost and thus, can never be undreamed.”*