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Emily Marcelo at Chef Jessie in Rockwell

Inquirer Lifestyle columnist Emily Marcelo does art.

Inquirer Lifestyle columnist Emily Marcelo is holding her fourth one-woman painting exhibit until Feb. 5 at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club (Makati, tel. 8906543, 8907630). The prevailing theme in her paintings is the quiet splendor of nature—sweeping, elegant, colorful and uplifting to the spirit. From vivid, rolling valleys to breathtaking landscapes of sand, wheat fields and grass; from depiction of vibrant flowers to the lumbering immensity of age-old trees, her paintings convey a peaceful, beatific ambience of serenity, comfort and peace. Never pretentious, angst-ridden or moody, she paints an optimistic viewpoint of the best our world can be, without the wanton defilement of human ignorance and carelessness.

Artistiko holds 1st anniversary exhibit and bash

Artistiko Gallery Workshop Studio (2324-F Jade Condo, Batanes and G. Tuazon Streets, Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, Manila; tel. 0905-6915187), will hold its first anniversary bash on Feb. 2 with an exhibit and live-band concert.

The date is also the birthday of Rafael “Boy” Ramos Gozum Jr., visual artist, photojournalist and Artistiko proprietor.

The exhibit will run until Feb. 28

Participating artists are Gozum, Kristoffer Gozum, Benji Belgica, Nune Alvarado, Toto Tarrosa, Pinggot Zulueta, Tony Piggot, Joel Ferraris, Nelson Ferraris, Noel Ferraris, Gig De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Vincent De Pio, Aileen Lannuza, Edwin Wilwayco, Romy Gutierez, Eghai Roxas, Danny Santiago, Edwin Diamante, Fil Dela Cruz, Heber Bartolome, Al Perez, Joseph Clavita, Adi Santos, Boy Ventura, Mario Patdu, Joseph Clavita, Thomas Daquioag, Ral Arrogante, Gine de Loyola, Mideo Cruz, Sam Penaso, Fidel Sarmiento, Merrit Evangelista,  Doodzs Besmente, JP, Dennis Tresvalles, Nonoy Alcalde, Bibi Belgica, Dayreen Yap, Lhean Villanueva, Erwin Chiongson, Dante Aguire, Piaget Martelino.

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon are Commissioner Heherson T. Alvarez of the Climate Change Commission, Sen. Edgardo Angara, former Senator Ernesto Maceda, Manila Historical and Heritage Commissioner Gemma Cruz-Araneta, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca, police director Samuel Pagdilao Jr.,  Rep. Ana Siquian-Go, Mayor Herbert Bautista, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Mayor Cid Dayrit, Rotary Club district governor Penny Policarpio III, Stauro Punongbayan, Robert Young, Ron David, Derek Flores.

Unbound’ at Yuchengco

The Australian Embassy in Manila and Yuchengco Museum present “Unbound,” an exhibit showcasing recent artistic exchanges between Australia and the Philippines through the works of Filipino and Australian artists who have made both countries their home. Put together by Australian curator Gina Fairley, the exhibit explores how culture moves beyond cartographic or physical boundaries.

It opens Jan. 23 in Yuchengco Museum (G/F RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati; e-mail info@yuchengcomuseum.org; tel. 8891234), and will be on view until Feb. 20.

Featured artists are Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Maria Cruz, David Griggs, Diokno Pasilan, Juni Salvador and Tony Twigg.

Conversation 17’ at Silverlens

San Jose: Vase without Daisies and Poppies, by Corinne de San Jose by Corinne de San Jose; t0121art-balisi: invisible and unceasing, by Allan Balisi; t0121art-zamuco: Recalculating by Eric Zamuco

In “Conversation 17,” Corinne de San José methodically wraps everyday objects with fabric, neither to obscure nor hide, but to transform the materiality of her subjects—hammer, vase, wine bottle—into objets d’art.

“Conversation 17” is a song reference, a play on the title of a song by The National. She connects the song to the idea of suffering from oblivion, or losing identity, grasping to control how your surroundings affect you.

The subjects are all concealed, completely wrapped, but there is no doubt as to what they are. By wrapping, their essential form is revealed rather than concealed.

“Conversation 17” runs until Feb. 9 simultaneously with “Mirages,” large-format monochromatic paintings by Allan Balisi, and “Site of Marks,” works by Eric Zamuco, at Silverlens (2/F YMC  Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati;  tel. 8160044, 0917-5874011; e-mail manage@ silverlensgalleries.com)

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