Marikina’s heritage in a 6-day art exhibit

Art Wednesday

The city government of Marikina through the Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office (MCTAO) is inviting everyone to see the city’s heritage in a six-day exhibit entitled “Marikina: Sining at Kultura sa Bayan ng Marikina” at the Atrium of SM City Marikina.

Organized by the city government of Marikina, the exhibit displays artworks that illustrate the inheritance of Marikina over the years. The exhibit, which opened on August 4 can be viewed until August 9. The event features an artist forum featuring Jun Rocha on August 5 and Gani Fuentes on August 7. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and cocktails with artists will be held on August 6. Artists from Art Wednesday created the artworks on display.

“The artworks on display in Marikina: Sining at Kultura sa Bayan ng Marikina exhibits the city’s legacy exemplified by the artists from Art Wednesday” said Ma. Theresa A. Curry, MCTAO chief.

Art Wednesday is a group of artist founded in 2007 by distinguished local visual artists of Marikina such as Remedios “Remy” Boquiren, Cris Cruz, Ben Infante, Bing Siochi, and Lydia Velasco to name a few. The group consists of 25 artists from various fields of visual arts and has participated in numerous exhibit including Art In The Park & Art After Dark; Marikina: Pagbalik-tanaw sa Nakaraan during the 384th founding anniversary of Marikina; and their recent group exhibit entitled An Affair with Wednesday held at the Artes Orientes gallery, 2nd Level of the Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio City last June 4-11. It is currently headed by group president, Melissa “Lisa” Villaseñor; and includes group vice-president, Andy Pernia; group secretary, Marilyn Aquino; and group treasurer, Marijean Garcia for its set of officers.

The group also had one of their regular art sessions on July 23 at SM Masinag. Rain Gementiza, one of the spectators, said he was able to satisfy his curiosity upon observing the artists at work.

“I was always fascinated with how these paintings and drawings are made. I was finally able to see first-hand the actual process,” said Gementiza.

For more information, call Marikina Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office at (02) 646-2369.

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