Events: Artists in Negros Island Concept to be Implemented
An art exhibit with various artists being featured is ongoing at the Panaad Sports Complex’s Balay Kalamay sponsored by the Artists in Negros Island, a budding artists alliance composed of various groups and organizations and which will run from Wednesday, June 13-22, multi-awardee artist Nunelucio Alvarado said in an interview after its ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.
The cutting of ribbon signifying the start of the art exhibit was done by Alvarado and Kristine Mansinares, head of the Provincial Tourism Office. Present were various artists who exhibited artworks they did themselves. Among the artists aside from Alvarado are Mel Araneta, Chin Guanzon, Darel Javier, Marse Cuenca, Noel Etabag, Lee Caesar, Maya Togonon, Marq Herrera, Michelle Tupaz, Butch Liboon and Jeffrey Montaño.
As prelude to the planned establishment of an alliance of various artists, the paintings showcase a variety of artworks which mark the specialty of each painter.
The various types of paintings will also reflect the types of art which each artist specializes in and will manifest the forte of the artists under the Artists in Negros Island (ANI), which the group plans to organize. As part of their plan, they are asking Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. to allow them to hold office in any of the rooms at the Panaad Park, which they will convert into an area for holding art exhibits and various activities, such as seminar-workshops and the like. They will call this, they said, their home once the governor grants them their request.
Provincial Tourism Officer Mansinares, indicated her hope that aside from tourism, art and culture will become a centerpiece of Negros Occidental Province. With her was Raymond Alunan, curator of the Dizon-Ramos Museum.
The artists through Alvarado, also vowed to use their knowledge and skills to promote the province as a place which will become a venue for tourists both local and foreign.*