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Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 THE YEAR THAT WAS: CAPITANA GALLERY


The year 2010 saw a range of artists coming into Talisay City, Negros Occidental where the Capitana Gallery is located. It’s not quite an unlikely address as the Balay ni Tana Dicang plays host to the Capitana Gallery. The ancestral home provides a stark contrast to the contemporary works on exhibit at the Capitana, whose aim is to provide a venue for Manila based artists to travel to and exchange ideas with artists and enthusiasts in the western Visayas area.

To start 2010, Ivi Avallana-Cosio presented her ethnographic pieces in acrylic, gold-leaf, and cut-outs on hand-made paper depicting Filipino gods and goddesses touched a primordial chord with the viewing public who took time to ponder upon their ancestry.

At the start of summer, two artists, Allain Hablo and Lester Amacio, bosom-buddies who sailed in from Iloilo in neighboring Panay Island to open the exhibitions of their current works which also touched in the relation between the two islands cross-cultural currents that flourished into a myriad avenues, producing unique forms of expression.

At the height of the wilting summer heat of 2010, three young artists from Manila came for the very first time to Negros Island. Joey Cobcobo, Lynyrd Paras, and Ryan Rubio took time off from the big city to accompany and open their exhibit of latest works. The lower floor of the Balay where the Capitana is located was packed with young artists from the Bacolod area. It is the camaraderie of artists from all over the country that is markedly observed and the Capitana is happy to be host to these affairs – also hoping to instill to the visiting artists some idiom of expression that they experienced in their Negros visit.

In September when the Capitana and the Balay concelebrate their anniversaries with the city of Talisay, the gallery plays host to local artists in the series of Negros Current shows. This year the curator of Capitana, Albert Avellana took Rais hardly seen as Paeng is known more for his paintings than any other form of work. Sculptures fael “Paeng” Paderna away from his painting and presented to many of his followers works as in concrete and metal are visually arresting and the artist himself is inspired by the new direction.

To cap the year off in November, in its 5th and final exhibit, the Capitana manages yet to reach out further by inviting 5 Pinoy artists living abroad to mail their most recent works from their current city of residence. Works by Tosha Albor (San Francisco, CA), Lexiguis Calip (Los Angeles, CA), Willie Gonzales (Tokyo), Ged Merino (NYC, NY), and Junjun Sta Ana (Chicago) sent “Via Mail” (incidentally the title of the exhibit) their latest works, another if but “over-bound” accomplishment of the aims of the Capitana Gallery.

CAPITANA GALLERY
g/f Balay ni Tana Dicang
36 Rizal st., Talisay City
Negros Occidental

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