Two passionate Cebuano artists are inviting everyone to their exhibition for a cause on September 21 to October 7, 2012, at the Active Zone of Ayala Center Cebu. Entitled “Mixtures,” the two-woman exhibit features the works of mixed media artists Genevieve Ferrater and Hali Marmol. Part of the proceeds of the said display will benefit the Special Education (SpEd) students of Zapatera Elementary School in Cebu City and Lipata Elementary School in Minglanilla, Cebu.
“Mixtures” will officially open on September 21, at 6 p.m. It is sponsored by Ayala Center Cebu, Island Paints, Handuraw Café, 7 Arts Foto Center, Country Crafts, and Minglanilla Vice Mayor Elanito Pena, in cooperation with Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu Province and DepEd Cebu City. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be led by Eric Paolo Smith, managing director of Handuraw, an Island Paints representative, and Janice Parreno and Wilma Entera of Ayala Center Cebu.
According to the artists, the exhibition holds two objectives: (1) “to contribute in the vivid movement of the traditional art scene in Cebu” and (2) “to employ art as a medium in sharing the gift of creativity to the less fortunate fellows in our community.”
Here is the program flow of the opening day:
6:00 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. Philippine National Anthem
Invocation by DepEd Representative
Recognition of the Guests and Sponsors
6:15 p.m. – 6:25 p.m. Inspirational Speech by DepEd Region VII representative
6:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. SpEd Students Special Presentations
6:30 p.m. – 6:35 p.m. Introduction of the artists
6:35 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
6:40 p.m. – onwards Viewing of the Exhibit and snacks
Marmol and Ferrater met in college at the University of the Philippines (UP) – Cebu. After years of not seeing each other, they decided to collaborate on this benevolent project. After obtaining a diploma in Special Education (SpEd) from Cebu Technological University (CTU) in 2011, Marmol developed a fondness for kids with special needs; thus, making them the beneficiaries of the said exhibit.
Hali Zafra Aguilar Marmol is an artist by profession, working on paintings, prints, relief sculptures, and mixed media. She loves the sea and usually incorporates her assortment of shells and other sea knick knacks to her artworks. The textures and forms of these materials are often the inspiration of her works.
Actively participating in art exhibitions since her college days, Marmol was the first artist to hold a solo art exhibition at the Ayala Center Cebu. Her exhibit entitled “Tipak” transpired in 2004. After this, she also held “Handuraw” at the Handuraw Café, Cebu City and “Portals” at the Galerie Astra, Makati City, Manila.
Marmol helps provide art education to the youth. A strong believer that an entity is stronger by number, she shares her craft to others because she aims to develop more artists that will strengthen the art community. She also conducts art workshops for children with special needs at her residence in Minglanilla, Cebu.
She always aspires to hold a series of exhibitions dedicated to children with special needs, whose families cannot afford to send them to private special education schools. Her participation in group exhibits for a cause and volunteer work at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) strongly influenced her advocacy. With “Mixtures,” she is gradually fulfilling this dream, hoping to gain more support.
Genevieve Pepito Patrocinio Ferrater, a resident of Liloan, Cebu, has spent most of her employment yearsin Cebu’s export industry. Being a fashion and home accessories designer for various companies opened a lot of doors of opportunity and learning. A previous company sent her to a fashion accessories exhibition in Paris, France, where she was in charge of the marketing and designing aspects.
In 2010, she was awarded a scholarship for a short course in fashion design organized by Stylissimo, a group lead by fashion designer Dexter Alazas. This was made possible by Rosemel Calderon, then executive director of the Cebu Design Education Foundation (CDEF).
The exhibitions for fashion and home accessories she was able to participate in are as follows: “Manila F.A.M.E. International,” “Bijhorca Eclat de Mode” in Paris, France, and “Bijoux Cebu” at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu.
According to Ferrater, art is her first love and she has always wanted “to build a grand career as a traditional artist with a signature style.” She is interested in discovering new materials and techniques in the field. She believes that “Mixtures,” is a small but a great start to return to the world of art that she really loves.
Drop by the “Mixtures” arts exhibit and get a chance to purchase a great work of art that you may add to your home, while helping the less fortunate. For more information, you may contact Marmol at (0922)943-0905 and [email protected]; and Ferrater at (0933)3258584 and or [email protected].