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Livening up contemporary art scene at Ortigas Center

Metro Manila’s art scene is all abuzz as Ortigas and Company holds a month-long art festival to bring art closer to the hearts and minds of the Filipinos just in time for National Arts Month.
The Ortigas Art Festival is sure to captivate art lovers and reflects the country’s evolving art scene. Estancia, as home to Ortigas’ first art festival, showcases Ortigas and Company’s commitment to promote Filipino creativity and ingenuity. Estancia has made sure that the art festival will be exciting and interesting to mall visitors by training the spotlight on contemporary art pieces. The art festival is being held in partnership with Alfredo Esquillo’s Eskinita Gallery, known as an alternative platform for artists and an “art project” that continues to evolve in the “here and now” of contemporary art.
Estancia’s Bridgeway will be transformed into an art space featuring exhibits and workshops from February 23 to March 26. Watercolors, portraits, sculptures and other forms of art come together to transform public space into an artistic showcase
To be featured are the works of artists Allison Wong-David, known for her imaginative stainless steel works; Helen Mirasol, who effortlessly captures the simplest and most beautiful things through photography; and Peter Sutcliffe, established watercolor artist and art teacher.
Visitors can also check out solo exhibits by up-and-coming artists Anthony Victoria, Arvi Fetalvero, Bon Mujeres, Ged Merino, and Richard Buxani, all of whom experiment with various materials.
Equally interesting are collaborations showcased in group exhibits by Tuklas, Biskeg, KalyeKolektib, and Eskinita Kontemporaryo.
For a more interactive experience and to immerse visitors in the arts, various activities have also been lined up, which visitors can join for free.
On March 4 and 25, Sutcliffe will hold a watercolor tutorial. For those who want painting sessions, Ato Habulan will hold “Alla Prima Painting” session on March 11. For those who want to see how art turns from concept to reality, Kalye Kolektib will hold “Live Art: Mural Making” on March 18.
“Ortigas and Company has always supported the arts. By holding an art festival at Estancia, we hope to make art more meaningful and accessible. It is also our way of fostering a deeper regard for the art and cultural scene, while offering a new experience for mall patrons and the Capitol Commons community,” said architect Renee Bacani, vice president of Ortigas and Company.

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