Art In Public Spaces: Post Philippine Art Festival

You are invited to FREE Art and Photography Lecture & Demo!

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Committee on Visual Arts and SM MALL OF ASIA invite everyone to the “Art in Public Spaces: Post Philippine Art Festival,” a week-long event officially opening at 6 PM on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at the SM Mall of Asia. Featuring Websining slide presentation, fine art photography exhibitions, multimedia demonstrations and lectures by renowned artists, the Festival has something for everyone, be they students, enthusiasts, professionals or practicing artists.

The cutting of the ribbon with cocktails on Sunday, March 9, 6pm will be officiated by Cecille Guidote Alvarez, NCCA Executive Director and NCCA CVA Head, Egai Fernandez.

Scheduled activities at the Festival kick off with a lecture and demonstration on “Cutting Edge Printmaking” by renowned printmaker Virgilio “Pandy” Aviado on March 8 at 2-5PM. Pandy Aviado is a former Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Coordinating Center for the Visual and Chairperson of CVA. He has mounted 24 one-man shows both here and abroad. His works has been featured in several international venues such as the Asia Print Adventure Sapporo in Japan, Taegu Asia Art Exhibition in South Korea, The Macau Convention Center and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. He is a recipient of the CCP Thirteen Artists Award and Araw ng Maynila Award. A fine-arts major from the PWU, He has introduced printmaking and did editions for several well known artists from Manila, Spain and Paris.

It will be followed by a lecture and demonstration by renowned Graphic Designer Francisco “Dopy” Doplon from 5-7PM on “Digital Art in Public Spaces”. Doplon is currently a graphic designer and coffee table book artist. He has collaboration with writer Randy David, photographer and business mogul Jaime Zobel, has produced “Silence”, which won the Best Book Design award from the Manila Critics Circle in 2003. Also that same year, Dopy Doplon designed “Kape: A Philippine Coffee Cookbook”, a project of Chit Juan, President and CEO of Figaro Coffee Company and Vicky-Veloso Barrera, children’s book and cookbook author which won the National Book Award. Doplon is the founder and CEO of ArtOne Design and Communications, Inc and is currently the President of the Design Agencies Association of the Philippines. He is also a founding member and past president of eArt Philippines, the country's premier digital art group.

On March 11, 2pm is a talk by travel photography stalwart George Tapan on “The Art of Photography in Public Spaces”. Tapan is best known for his stunning signature photos of Philippine tourist destinations. His collection of provocative photographs of the Cordilleras is currently on exhibit at the Tam-Awan Village art space in Baguio City. From the moment his career took off in the mid-70’s, Tapan’s work can be found in airports, magazines, coffee-table books, postcards and in various offices of the Department of Tourism. Tapan has also conducted several workshops for photographers of every skill level and specialization.

Also on March 8 and 11 from 7-9PM, Julian Demerre will be giving a lecture and demonstration for “Art Application Using Today’s Software”. Julian Demerre is a jewelry photographer with clients from Connecticut and New York. His work has been published in several jewelry magazines and newspaper advertisements. He is also a member of the Stamford Urban Artist in Connecticut. His photographs has been exhibited in the Wilton Library, Connecticut.

Highlighting the Philippine Art Festival is “Timeless IV,” a fine art photography exhibit featuring the work of artist painter, photographer and printmaker Rosscapili, renowned fine art photographers Jeff Cua and Luis Martin Harder. “Timeless IV” opens with cocktails on Sunday, March 9 at 6PM.

An exciting and entertaining experience as well as an educational eye-opener, “Art in Public Spaces: Post Philippine Art Festival” is one art extravaganza definitely not to be missed. The Philippine Art Festival soft opens at 10AM on Saturday, March 8 at the Entertainment area of the 2nd Level South Activity Area, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia (outside the Premiere Cinema), and runs until March 14, 2008.

Sponsored by NCCA, SM MALL OF ASIA and YNZAL Marketing Corp

For inquiries, you may contact Leslie Ranaga at 8105094 cel 09063413854.