By Bryan Edulzura
In a show of support and recognition, artist-colleagues, cultural workers and friends came in full force at Robinson’s on Dec. 1 in the art exhibition, “Into the roots” of Anoy Catague, Bada Torralba and Kit Gresos, undoubtedly Butuan’s leading painters and visual artists.
As an art enthusiast myself and observer, I was awed at the warmth and enthusiasm of the appreciative audience of the artists works. In fact, we were all dazzled by the huge one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptural pieces. They were definitely Butuanon in spirit but Mindanaoan in scope-proudly our very own but at par to any cultural and art centers in the world. Hail to the artists for embracing and promoting our roots-brown, peace-loving, vibrant and free!
On the light side, the joke among us audience-if only we can afford any or all the works, we would be greedily quarreling to take home one or two. So what we did was take photos beside each favorite obra and imagined hang on our wall at home. The works after all are every art lover’s dream.
Noteworthy to mention who came are acknowledged artists themselves the likes of Richard Vilar, veteran stage director and Asian storyteller and creative consultant of the Butuan City government; Titing Trinquite with partner Nice Montante of SINAG neo- ethnic music band; Ramon Jorge Sarabosing, creative writer and art reviewer, who is coming up with a Butuan rock musical with SINAG,”Suez Canal.”
Also painters Ronnie Rudinas, Resty Sala and Chris Tamis, the Kuwadrado gang who is making waves in Cebu art scene. Freelance artist Event specialist Owen Jaen emceed the short opening program.
Spotted supporter-friends were Patrick Go of the Hotel/restaurant sector and some government officials Sally Joy Bungabung of Cooperative Development Authority-Caraga, Kristina Cassion of Department of Transportation-Caraga and regional and provincial executives of Department of Trade and Industry who were honored to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Backgrounded with live nationalistic music by SINAG themselves.
Badly missed, according to the host-artists and friends were Lilit Concon, now supervising head of the National Museum Butuan; Mae Oclarit, stage actress and the Hontiveros couple, Greg and Edna. Also MM Cadosales, consultant from the private sector, among many others.
The exhibit, held at the mall’s third floor ends on December 16. All the art works absolutely make perfect Christmas present lasting even a generation.
As one of the audience affirmed, “Ato ini, ipasigarbo ‘ta!” How right the guy was.