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Friday, June 5, 2009

ART A L’ ORANGE


Born and raised in the Philippines, Vancouver-based artist Marissa Lopa launches her first one-woman show in the country this 29 May 2009. Art a l’Orange reflects the artist's experiences here and in Canada, expressed through warm hues of orange.

Lopa's fascination with painting began when she was 12 after she received a set of oil paints for her birthday. Inspired by the brilliant colors of Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne, she sat down to enthusiastically study and copy their works. Her supportive parents sent her to a private art teacher and the young Lopa knew she would someday become an artist. Growing up, however, lead her to pursue other interests.

Marissa Lopa eventually pursued a career in dentistry, inpired by her own dentist father. She practiced dentistry for fifteen years before moving to Canada and it was there that art would once again call out to the artist in Lopa.

"Painting is a way for me to convey the sense of joy, wonder, and sentimentality that I feel as I come into contact with the beauty of nature around us," Marissa says.

Since moving to Canada, Lopa has joined the Federation of Canadian Artists and the South Delta Arts Guild. The rising artist's first exhibit was in 1997, as part of the Vancouver Saturday Painting Group exhibit at a Steveston gallery in Richmond. Since then she has been actively and regularly exhibiting her works in galleries in Canada and even had a mother-daughter show at the Mezze in Greenbelt in 2007.

Art a l'Orange runs until 10 June 2009.

For more information on the exhibition, please call Marissa De Leon-Lopa at 0918-381-8122.


Established in 2004 and formerly known as MuseumSpace, ArtistSpace is a commercial-run gallery owned by the Ayala Museum. ArtistSpace dedicates itself to the promotion of Philippine contemporary art and talent. By featuring a wide range of styles and media and a different artist every two weeks, ArtistSpace aims to cultivate curiosity about new art and encourage viewership by young professionals, students, and other adults.

The ArtistSpace is located at the 2/F Glass Wing of the Ayala Museum, and is accessible via the 2/F pedestrian walkway. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

Admission to ArtistSpace is free. For more information on ArtistSpace, please call 757-7117 to 21 local 33 or e-mail artistspace@ayalamuseum.org.

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