CatSU’s “Arte Insulare” exhibit caps successful celebration of Arts Month

The celebration of the Arts Month this February 2022 ended with more success last week with the holding of the “Arte Insulare” visual arts exhibit at the Catanduanes State University main building lobby.

IN CELEBRATION OF ARTS MONTH, the Catanduanes State University held the “Arte Insulare” exhibit of visual artworks by Catandunganon artists led by Dr. Jualim Vela of Panganiban (right photo, left), who displayed two kinetic sculptures, a terracotta figure and several paintings.

President Patrick Alain T. Azanza led university officials in the Feb. 22, 2022 opening of the exhibit organized by Dr. Ramon Felipe Sarmiento and his team with the participation of established and emerging Catandunganon artists.

In his message, the university president stressed the importance the importance of art in everyone’s lives.

“Without the arts, life is meaningless,” he said, adding that life would not be more beautiful without art expressed by the artists through their works.

He wished one of the kinetic stainless-steel sculptures of featured artist Dr. Jualim Vela could be made bigger and made a centerpiece of the students’ park now being built nearby.

“We have the talent to make art from Catanduanes well-known not only in the rest of the nation but also internationally,” Dr. Azanza said, noting that each piece of visual art in the exhibit showcase the Catandunganon’s resiliency and inner self.

A native of Panganiban, Dr. Vela was a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling and then went to the UP College of Fine Arts and Hiroshima City University to study sculpture.

A holder of a Master’s Degree for Education from UP and another one from Hiroshima University Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, the accomplished visual has exhibited his works in Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia.

In the Philippines, his masterpieces have graced galleries such as that of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, GSIS, Sining Makiling and the Alto Mondo Arte Contemporanea.

Also featured in the exhibit were works of established artists Maruja Panti, Noel Villanueva, Rene Samar and Jai Marquez.

A civil engineer with a master’s degree in public administration, Panti is a self-made painter who also dabbles in tattoo art. Her works, which has a strong feminine content, has been features in exhibits in 40 countries across Asia, the Americas and the Middle East and many of her works are in private collections.

An employee of CatSU connected with the Project Monitoring Committee, Maruja has received many awards, including the Artist Pro 2021 International Award from Italy.

Villanueva is a technical drafting and visual art teacher from Panganiban who was recognized in 2018 as Catanduanes’ Artist of the Year. Focusing on landscapes, seascapes, portraits and scenes of everyday life, his paintings capture the Catandunganon identity in its light, cheerful and heartwarming qualities.

A holder of a degree in electrical engineering, Samar pursued his passion for acrylic paintings and watercolors, as well as photography, through self-learning.

On the other hand, Marquez is also self-taught and is adept in a variety of painting media such as acrylic, oil, watercolor and soft pastel. Also a dabbler in the crafts and sculpture, the Calatagan, Virac native has started using abaca handmade paper as his canvass as a statement of advocacy for things local.

The works of emerging artists Joebert Angelo Toledo, Mark Jerson Tugay, John Denli Nazareno, Hazel Avila, Jenny Matienzo, Romeo Antonio San Esteban, Estela Eden San Esteban, Jezzel Ecaldre, Oliver Flores and Isiah Jim Torillos also occupied one wing of the exhibit hall.

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