A two-week art exhibit featuring mini-canvas set up opened at the OTOP show room, Ayala Malls Capitol Central Saturday.
The show with the theme “Art from City Life to Countryside” will run until April 31, a press release from the group said.
Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr., Sharon Ciocon, Josephine Locsin and GilJohn Quimco led the opening of the exhibit.
In his message, Escalante said the COVID-19 pandemic, while adversely affecting the local artistic community in Negros Occidental, also gave new opportunities for many.
After successfully conducting the 1st Cadiz City Art Competition in 2021 and the recent CASAMA (Cadiz, Sagay, Manapla) Art Competition, Escalante bared plans to hold a Negros- wide art competition with the help of the provincial government.
“Keep on painting,” the mayor told participants during a program at the opening.
Quimco, organizer of the exhibit, said that the concept of the art exhibit is for the participants to produce “small-sized paintings” on 5×7 inches canvas.
He quoted Van Gogh saying that “Great things are done by a series of small things. All big things start small.”
The event is a collaboration with the Group of Negrense Artists (GOTA) and the Inabuyan Group of Artists (IGA), Quimco said.
He targeted to have more than 100 mini canvasses in exhibit, he said.
“I am overwhelmed that that there are about 200 art works on display,” Quimco said.
If the mini-paintings are sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to the events’ beneficiary, the Christian Foundation for the Person’s with Disabilities, Inc., he said.
This is a big opportunity for artists, both the veterans and the younger ones, to showcase their works, Quiamco said, as they also forged their friendships.
They are planning to hold more art events in the future, he added.*