Silab ArtReach presents its Art Exhibit for a Cause

by Riza R. Zuñiga

Silab Artreach, an active organization providing art workshop for PWDs, opened its group exhibition titled “Convergence” for a cause at Level 3 of Robinsons Metro East in Pasig City last August 24, 2022.

Robinsons Metro East, the only mall in the country that has provided an art space for PWDs has gained momentum as more artists commit themselves for a cause. Nestor Emocling used to be the only artist teaching art therapy to differently-abled persons in the area but after five years, another artist, Jes Evangelista joined Silab Artreach to inspire other artists to share their talents and time.

Every Sunday is an art day at Silab Artreach, it opened its doors to individuals who were willing to learn drawing and painting. Different organizations of PWDs in Quezon City and San Juan, represented by Flora Leones and Tin Hebron were so thankful in the initiatives of Emocling and Evangelista.

The artists and PWDs were also thankful for the support of Peter Balagtas, Operations Manager and Charlotte Nakpil, Marketing Officer of Robinsons Metro East, as they continue to assist Silab Artreach in hosting and organizing group exhibition of artists and PWDs in promoting national culture and arts.

The participation of artists in Convergence like Jes Evangelista, Reymar Gacutan, Joy Dasco, Hoche Briones, Denes Dasco made the former Dean of UP College of Fine Arts, Nestor Vinluan, happy about the involvement of his former students in collaborative projects at Silab Artreach and even former UP Professor Ruben Defeo was likewise gracious about the initiatives of artists for the differently-abled individuals.

Art Zamora has entered two abstract paintings even if he was based in the US. Other artists who committed themselves for the success of this collaboration were Beni Guzman, Eduardo Torda, Joseph Siriban Clavita, Elver Panuela, Julian Anthony Yballe, Rowena Solis, Giovanni Corpus Dela Rosa, Raul Roco Jr., Rhodora Cecilia Gacutan, Joaquin Tristan Gacutan, Cherry Ordonio, Julienne Angeli Paterno and Riza Zuñiga.

One supportive patron of Silab Artreach and PWDs’ paintings and artworks is Engineer Myra Pineda-Torres, the General Manager of Haven of Angels in Antipolo City. “I buy paintings of artists even if they are not popular,” said Torres.

As Vinluan said, “Art inspires. It make us well.”

The exhibit will run until September 12 and art workshop for PWDs will begin on Sunday, September 4 plus two Sundays, September 11 and 18, 2022.