BAGUIO CITY – Solar drawings on handmade paper and wooden panels . . . river stone and driftwood sculptures . portraits painted from coffee and charcoal. While artists from Baguio can be very innovative in their use of materials, many of their works continue to be inspired by the landscapes, people, motifs, and traditions of the Cordilleras.
My City, My SM, My Art’s stop at SM City Baguio highlights the City of Pines as a vibrant Art Haven, combining the rich ethnic culture of the Cordilleras with Baguio’s breathtaking scenery and cosmopolitan landscape.
A joint project of SM, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Shell Companies of the Philippines, and the Philippine Star with support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Centerstage Productions, My City, My SM, My Art is a celebration of Philippine visual arts – painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and filmmaking.
The campaign brings art and people together by showcasing the works of masters, modernists, and millennials in a road show around the SM Supermalls. Advocating art for all, the team works with communities to mount exhibits, workshops, and contests in key cities around the Philippines.
The My City, My SM, My Art exhibit, which is ongoing at the mall’s atrium, pays tribute to National Artist Benedicto “Bencab” Cabrera, who has done much to make Baguio the artist haven it is today. It also showcases the works of solar artist Jordan Mang-osan, sculptors Gilbert “Bergano” Alberto and Bumbo Villanueva, and coffee painter Patric Palasi.
Also featured are multi-media artists Art Tibaldo and Art Lozano, artist educator Fara Manuel, artist/writer Kelly Ramos, watercolorist Norman Chow, and photographer Ric Maniquis.
By Karren Nobres