Sigmund Torre is inviting the public to an art exhibit captioned “Palengke: Modern Filipino Classics.” The event will feature the works of five of Cebu’s emerging talents, specifically Takako Sono, Joe Green, Gina Arjona, Subtle Accents, and Mr. Torre himself. It will be held from April 21 to April 27, 2012, at 856 G Gallery.
According to the artist, the event aims to “capture the spirit of the palengke with each stall offering unique, handmade works of art ranging from banig paintings, lamps, small furniture pieces, bags, accessories and crafts.” At the opening party on April 21, guests can enjoy live music as artists show them their crafts in a live painting show. As is the case in palengkes, the artists involved will be frequenting the gallery throughout the exhibit week during business hours. The artists will be talking to potential customers about their art works and will even create new works as the exhibit progresses.
Sigmund Torre is a professional artist who is currently based in Cebu. He was born in Manila, was raised in Canada and spent a number of years in Japan.
Mr. Torre’s professional art career began in 1999, as a comic book penciller and colorist. Among his notable work experiences are rendering these services to Marvel Comics (Wolverine/Punisher), DC Comics (Raven), Dreamwave Productions (Transformers, various titles), Devil’s Due Productions (G.I. Joe), Darkhorse Comics (Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures), and Nintendo of America (Metroid Prime comic adaptation).
In Japan, he was able to branch out from comics and was involved in designing T-shirts for major clothing labels and CDs for recording artists. He also began doing live painting shows in Tokyo.
Mr. Torre is now enthused in putting a modern spin on the classic Filipino handicrafts, including the “banig” and the Capiz shell lamp. Along with Ms. Takako Sono, a very talented designer from Japan who is also now residing in Cebu, Mr. Torre is creating not only unique and beautiful artworks but also practical pieces.
For more information, you can check out his Web page (www.sigmundtorre.com), like his Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/sigtmundtorreart) or add him up (http://www.facebook.com/sigtorre), follow his Twitter account (https://twitter.com/#!/sigtorre), or view his YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/sigmundtorre).
Takako Sono is a designer whose current thrust is blending the techniques of modern Japanese design with the elements of classical Filipino crafts as seen on furniture carvings and decorations.
Joe Green is a Cebu-based (social) entrepreneur who creates practical bags using recycled plastic bags. According to his slogan, “Used plastic bags as my vehicle, Compassion for mankind and our environment is my Advocacy. Teaching Filipinos how to turn used plastic bags into a stable means of livelihood. I am Joe Green.” For more information regarding the Joe Green project, you can check out these Web sites (www.joegreenproject.com, www.joegreenproject.org and www.joegreenproject.ca), like the Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/joegreenproject) and follow the Twitter account (https://twitter.com/joegreenproject).
Gina Arjona makes a variety of crafts, from canvas bags to handcrafted paper cards. Each of her pieces is considered a wonderful work of art. According to the artist, “My products are meant for people who appreciate beauty in simple things, as well as those who value gift giving. Unique and useful products out of paper and fabrics, all made by my own hands.”
Subtle Accents creates handcrafted accessories, bags, and other magical items. Dresses and a number of art crafts for men and women are also products of Subtle Accents. To get to know more of Subtle Accents, you can check out their Multiply account (http://subtleaccents.multiply.com/) and Facebook account (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Subtle-Accents/174467912626961).
The 856 G Gallery (http://www.facebook.com/pages/856-G-Gallery-Contemporary-Art-Cebu/163008247067536) is located at Business Walls, 856 A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City, Cebu. The gallery is a unique venue designed specifically for Filipino artists. Ample gallery space allows exhibitors to showcase their work while also mingling with fellow artists and enthusiasts. For inquiries, you can reach them through this telephone number: (032)344-3039, or you can visit the Web site at www.856ggallery.com. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, at 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
The event sponsors are Manila Beer (http://www.facebook.com/manilabeer/info) and La Bella Napoli Cebu (https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Bella-Napoli-CEBU/233042130067117?ref=ts). The beer company serves premium all-malt beer at a non-premium price. La Bella Napoli serves thin crust pizza and has branches in Lahug, Gorodo Avenue corner Escario, and in Talamban at Piazza Elesia. For inquiries and delivery, you can contact (032)412-2046.
For more information regarding the exhibit, check out the Facebook event page (http://www.facebook.com/events/387547481263015/).
Enjoy wonderful works of art, great music and good food at the opening night of Palengke: Modern Filipino Classics on April 21, 2012, at 6 p.m.