SCENE CITY| L’Art de Ohana – art with a twist, art for charity

GREATER creative freedom was evident in the presentation of L’Art de Ohana, an exhibit which runs November 19 to 26, 2015 at the Art Hall of Abreeza Mall’s Corporate Center.

How these five artists came together in a blending of the various facets of art is a wonder in itself. The fusion is done with the use of Sogetsu-inspired Ikebana arrangements of Sogetsu – school sensei Claudia Rendon Garcia and Maria Isabel Ronquillo, with fashion styling and the face and body art of Carine Bacani and brought together by the photography of Dariel and Catherine Quiogue.

PHOTOGRAPHY: RENE B. LUMAWAG

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The title of the collaboration comes from the word “hana ”preceded by “O” to signify respect and appreciation for the beauty of flowers.

Japanese Consul Madame Tomoko Dodo was Guest of Honor at the Opening of the Exhibit and cutting of the ribbon.

What was unique about the exhibit was the putting up of the large Ikebana arrangement by  Maria Isabel Ronquillo and Claudia Garcia, the model sitting at the center of the arrangement, being made up by Carine Bacani and the Quiogues directing the model’s pose, guiding guests at the same time in taking photographs of the whole live art scene taking place. The model is Shadia Ardila, a Colombian who has spent the last several months studying fashion in Davao.

The fusion of talents has resulted into producing a beautiful calendar which is sold for the benefit of the Art Relief Mobile Kitchen. Photographs are also sold to the viewers and guests.

And speaking of the Art Relief Mobile Kitchen, recipients of the charity, we learned that this is a volunteer group of artists spearheaded by renowned press photographer Alex Baluyot. The group travels to disaster-hit areas and refugee centers to cook and provide hot meals for fellow Filipinos made destitute by disaster or violence. They have recently traveled to Surigao del Norte, providing aid to the Lumads displaced by violence in their area.

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