About Paulina Constancia

Hi, my name is Paulina Constancia. I am a painter, writer,teacher,wife and mother. I have created this blog to highlight arts,crafts and all things beautiful whether it's in food, music, architecture, design or people's way of life. There is always joy and satisfaction in seeing, making or reflecting on art; and if experienced everyday in any way - it'll surely keep the doctor away! Join me for a daily dose of art! P.S. Please bear with me as DDoA transfers address, click here to see my older posts http://www.daily-dose-of-art.com

The Meeting in Trebnje-Day 8-Closing Ceremony and Handing Over of Artworks

Day 8 (June 18)  In the morning there was just a short closing program, then handing over of artworks for the permanent collection of Trebnje Gallery of Naïve Artists, followed by a farewell lunch.

Photos show: Trebnje Gallery admin, supporters and some friends of Marga visiting from Verona, Italia.

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Here are the artists with Patricija Pavlič, Director, Center for Education and Culture in Trebnje and with the mayor of one of the municipalities supporting this meeting.

DSC_1089skrVisitors checking out some of the art handed over for the gallery’s permanent collection.

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13522939_803236966445212_4967102174673379901_oFarewell Dinner with fellow participating artists, Trebnje Gallery administrators and supporters, and film makers (they were filming the meeting to include some footages to a documentary they are making to be released on the 5oth year of this international meeting)

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The Meeting in Trebnje-Day 6- Ljubljana Excursion

Day 6 (June 16) – The artists created a little bit in their studios in the morning then in the afternoon off they went to the capital city of Ljubljana.

First stop- The National Gallery

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L-R-Igor checking out the Crucified Christ – incredible wood sculpture; Our guide- a prominent figure in Ljubljana arts and culture

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13490846_802446496524259_5998076151405777574_oThis is our group’s favorite….A Slovenian artist’s interpretation of Danse Macabre or the universality of death…

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Second stop- Metelkova
an abandoned barracks turned artist squatter colony
Read more about Europe’s most successful urban squat

Slovenian sculptor Rok Mohar, one of the participating artists in the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists at the Trebnje Gallery, is a resident artist of the Metelkova. He takes his artist-friends on a tour of the colony as well as his home studio.

“So much art, so little time to look at all them up close!” – Paulina Constancia and friends visiting Metelkova

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Rok Mohar prepares coffee for all his visiting artist friends from the International Meeting of Naïve Artists

Rok Mohar’s creations in plaster 

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13482933_802449243190651_4787611370940324045_oNot a bare corner in this artists’ colony

13490658_802449349857307_1089468564043834788_oMarga, Ivana and Igor pose in front of mosaic art covered building  in Metelkova

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13522869_802449296523979_717174845504282347_oOne of the many whimsical creations at Metelkova – perhaps we can call it “Mouse in Havaianas”, hahaha

The Meeting in Trebnje-Days 3 to 7 -Collaborative Art with Paulina

Days 3 to 7 (June 13 to June 17):  The participating artists at the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists at Trebnje Gallery  interacted with various groups of schoolchildren. Paulina Constancia thought of a little collaborative artwork she could start with the young visitors.

Paulina showed the children the possibilities of trace-cut-glue. So the piece “Show Your True Colors” was born!

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IMG_7842Here’s Paulina unifying the many elements contributed to the piece.

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Here’s the  completed  želva/turtle collaborative art made in Trebnje entitled “Show Your True Colors”. (created by Paulina Constancia in collaboration with young visitors at the International Meeting of Naive Artists in Trebnje Gallery, Slovenia- June 11-18, 2016).

Trebnje Collaborative ArtUsing fabric and acrylic paint, many contributed to this piece. Translations of “Show Your True Colors” in many languages was made possible with the help of the other participating artists at the meeting.

The Meeting in Trebnje-Days 3 to 7 -Artmaking + Studio Visits

Days 3 to 7 (June 13 to June 17): The artists spent their time creating at their studio spaces at Trebnje Gallery. There were also many studio visits from school children. The gallery is actually part of the Center for Culture and Education, and the main purpose of the gallery is to educate the public about naïve art, most especially the young schooling public. Below are photos of the young visitors to the gallery during the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists:

Meet & Greet & Watch Artists at Work:
Top (L-R)  sculptor Rok Mohar (Slovenia), glass painter Denis Toth (Croatia)
Bottom (L-R) Marga Fabbri (Argentina), Paulina Constrancia (Philippines/Canada),  and Mia Bergqvist (Finland)

Not in photo mosaic are:
Igor Simonović (Serbia),  Jelena Marković (Serbia/Germany) and Ivana Stanisavljević Negić (Serbia).

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Here are some really young guests at Paulina Constancia’s studio space at Trebnje Gallery. Gallery curator Andrejka Nose is explaining to the children in Slovenian the art techniques and materials that Paulina uses in her work.
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Here are some teenage visitors with their teachers and some of the participating artists at the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists at Trebnje Gallery.

The Meeting in Trebnje-Day 2-Studio Work Begins

In the afternoon of Day 2 (June 12) the participating artists started creating in their assigned mini studio spaces within Trebnje Gallery. Here are some photos of the artists at work:

From left in clockwise direction: Mia Bergqvist (Finland), Jelena Marković (Serbia/Germany), Ivana Stanisavljević Negić (Serbia), Paulina Constrancia (Philippines/Canada) and Marga Fabbri (Argentina)

Not in photo mosaic are:
Rok Mohar (Slovenia)
Igor Simonović (Serbia)
Denis Toth (Croatia)

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There was free flowing coffee and lots of fruit and pastry for the artists to enjoy during studio hours. Plus, there was always somebody assigned by the gallery to be present to brew coffee and attend to the needs of the artists. Mornings it was Vesna and afternoons it was Ana. Warm and wonderful hospitality indeed!

 

The Meeting in Trebnje-Day 2-Morning Discussion

Day 2 (June 12) started with a meeting with artists over a morning coffee. Each artist was asked a question specific to his/her own creative practice. Several gallery friends and supporters were also present to listen to the discussion.

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L-R  Andrejka Nose (Trebnje Gallery curator), Jelena Marković (Serbia/Germany),  Igor Simonović (Serbia), Rok Mohar (Slovenia), Ivana Stanisavljević Negić (Serbia), Marga Fabbri (Argentina), Mia Bergqvist (Finland) and Paulina Constrancia (Philippines/Canada). Not present at the discussion was Denis Toth (Croatia).
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The morning discussion was facilitated by Trebnje Gallery curator Andrejka Nose. Paulina and the other artists at the meeting thought that Andrejka makes a fantastic journalist. She ought to create a you tube channel featuring a series of interviews of naïve artists from Slovenia and across the globe.

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In the little Slovenian town of Trebnje ART is alive and is embraced and supported by many kind folks.

During the discussion, images of the works of the participating artists in the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists were projected on a screen for all to see.

Free flowing coffee for artists and spectators alike and of course unlimited homemade Slovenian cookies plus succulent cherries from the gallery curator -Andrejka’s garden

The Meeting in Trebnje-Day 1-Opening Ceremony

The 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists in Trebnje formally started with an opening reception at 6 pm on June 11. In attendance were Patricija Pavlič, Director, Center for Education and Culture in Trebnje and Andrejka Nose, Trebnje Gallery curator. Also present were mayors of the different municipalities in Slovenia helping fund this annual meeting. Also present were friends and supporters of Trebnje Gallery.

Below is the invitation and program of the opening ceremony.

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The opening program started with introductions of the 8 participating naïve artists and special guests. Then there was lovely flute and piano music, meet and greet with the artists, light cocktails followed by dinner at the Hotel Opara. Here are a few photos from that very special night.

(L-R ) Patricija Pavlič, Director of the Center for Education and Culture in Trebnje, Mayor of one of the local municipalities supporting this annual event,  Trebnje Gallery curator Andrejka Nose

Introduction of the Participating artists:
Row 1- Paulina Constancia (Philippines/Canada),  Marga Fabbri (Argentina)
Row 2- Mia Bergqvist (Finland), Rok Mohair (Slovenia), Jelena Marković (Serbia/Germany)
Row 3- Igor Simonović (Serbia), Ivana Stanisavljević Negić (Serbia)

There was lots of flute and piano music between introductions…

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Photo of participating artists with the mayors of different Slovenian municipalities and Patricija Pavlič, Director of the Center for Education and Culture in Trebnje.

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Here are the 7 out of the 8 participating artists of the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists. The only artist absent was Denis Toth from Croatia.

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Meet and greet and light cocktails…

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A sumptuous dinner at Hotel Opara across the gallery  where all participating artists were also billeted.

A lovely night, the meeting is off to a great start indeed!!!

International Meeting of Naïve Artists in Slovenia

Good news for Cebu and the Philippines…our homegrown talent Paulina Constancia is one of 8 artists invited to participate in the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists which is happening from June 11-18 in Trebnje Gallery, Slovenia.

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The Participants of the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists:
Mia Bergqvist, Finland
Paulina Constancia,Philippines/Canada
Marga Fabbri, Argentina
Jelena Marković, Serbia/Germany
Rok Mohar, Slovenia
Igor Simonović, Serbia
Ivana Stanisavljević Negić, Serbia
Denis Toth, Croatia

Here is a collage of the artists’ photos as posted in Trebnje Gallery’s  website:

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About the International Meeting in Trebnje, Slovenia:
“The first art camp/Meeting of naïve artist was held in Trebnje in 1968 with 9 artists participating.  At the beginning the art camps and exhibitions were focused on Yugoslav naïve art. However, the annual meetings and exhibitions have soon grown to international scale with artists coming from all around the world to participate in the Meeting…” Read more

Here is a little introduction about artist Paulina Constancia in Slovenian on the gallery’s website. Read here about all participating artists.

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This is very exciting for Paulina Constancia and MoNA of course. We will be posting photos of the meeting in the coming weeks.

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, Part 12

Thank you so much to all of you who came to join us in celebrating our culture and heritage at the MoNA during Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27. We are glad that we joined forces with other heritage sites in Cebu to bring you a memorable heritage night adventure.

GSK at MoNA summary

1- Flying Hearts Photo Booth
2- Viewing MoNA Intro Video
3- Paulina Constancia Studio Tour
4- Museum Scavenger Hunt
5- With Wings, Will Travel Photo Booth
6- JEEPity Do! – Color Your Own Paper Jeepney Workshop
7-Pine Art Print: Pineapple-Themed Monoprinting Workshop
8-Free Tasting: Local Gelato & Flavoured Milk (Gelato Eliseo)
9- Storytelling with Cathy Miro-Adalim
10- Ukulele Workshop with Regie & Venus of TURTULELE
11- Linusak Making and Free Tasting with Journeys Cafe

Special thanks goes to Junnale Castro and other GSK organizers at RAFI. We also wish to thank all our partners, staff and volunteers for helping us realise this year’s GSK program at MoNA:

  • West Gorordo Hotel (An Essence & Permaculture Inspired Hotel) Management and Staff
  • Journeys Cafe Staff
  • Elicon House (Ecological Living Conservation House)
  • The Mayflower Inn (A Heritage & Permaculture-inspired Hotel)
  • Joel Lee & the Eliseo Artisan Gelato/JME Food Products Corp.staff
  • Regie & Venus Bernaldez of TURTULELE
  • Cathy Miro-Adalim
  • Edna Lee
  • Mishka Watin
  • Michael Wortman
  • Noel Ting of Office Maxx Printing & Finishing Solutions

Here are some photos of the Meet & Greet with international naïve artist Paulina Constancia during GSK 2016.
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GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 11

Last stop for GSK visitors to MoNA was the LINUSAK Making and Free Tasting with Delia of Journeys Cafe. It’s a very simple recipe but requires a lot of muscle power. Some visitors were brave (and strong enough!) to try their hand at preparing this classic Cebuano snack. Others were just happy to watch and taste.

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Yum Yum Yum in the Tum, Tum, Tum!  Thank you Delia and Journeys Cafe for teaching us how to make LINUSAK. We hope to practice making this at home.

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 10

As you can see in the photos, The GSK young visitors to MoNA often followed their gelato stop with a visit to the storytelling room. And there they were quite entertained with a most animated storyteller-educator Cathy Miro-Adalim.9-Sorytelling with Cathy
Cathy used a photo storybook created by Paulina Constancia, interpreting the Philippine legend of how the sea became salty.

 

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 9

Ninth stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was the Tasting station of Eliseo Artisan Gelato with free servings of gelato and flavoured milk.

Joel Lee, the CEO of Eliseo Artisan Gelato/JME Food Products Corp was present to answer questions about his new line of fresh milk products.

8-Free Tasting Gelato & Flavored MilkLocal favorites —Tsokolate, Mango, Ube, Macapuno, and Italian classics – Stracciatella Pistachio, Fragola— there was an abundance of delicious gelato flavours to choose from.

Thank you Joel Lee and Eliseo Artisan Gelato/JME Food Products Corp. for generously sharing with us your delicious gelato and flavoured milk products!

Connect with Eliseo Artisan Gelato on Facebook
Call or visit them to learn about their range of products:
Address: 1204 Clavano St., Cebu City
Tel. No. 254 0000

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 8

Eighth stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was the ukulele workshop with Regie and Venus Bernaldez of TURTULELE.

“Lightweight, music heavy”, the catchy slogan of the TURTULELE line of ukuleles is also the nature of a music workshop with this very kind and talented husband and wife duo. Lightweight – they make learning music fun, easy and appealing. Music heavy – you are guaranteed to be heavier when you come out of their workshop as you will have added a feather in your cap – yes, you can play the ukulele! And that’s within 20 to 30 minutes of learning with Regie and Venus.

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Four strings, big smiles and a big 4 word hurrah – “I can play ukulele!” Check out the joy on the faces of these GSK visitors at the MoNA… A big, big THANK YOU to Regie and Venus  for sharing your talents and turtuleles with us!!!

Connect with TURTULELE on Facebook
Check out TURTULELE’s  full range of products on their website

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 7

Seventh stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was Pine Art Print, a pineapple-themed  monoprinting workshop.

It was fun seeing how different each print turned out even if they all came from the same linocuts.  Everybody had their own favourite colors and design sensibilities. Below are some photos of the workshop with participants proudly signing and posing with their creations.
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GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 6

Sixth stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was JEEPity Do! a paint-your own-paper jeepney workshop. It was great to learn about the word origin, history and future of jeepneys. Young and old were so focused in creating their own unique jeepney design.  JEEPity Do participants got to color and laminate as many paper jeepneys as they wanted.  The best part was they got to take them home for GSK show and tell.

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GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 5

Fifth stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was the photo booth “With Wings, Will Travel”.1-b With Wings Will Travel Photo Booth

Below is the clay bas relief “With Wings, Will Travel” which inspired this photo booth. It was created by Paulina Constancia while on a creative self-exile in Mexico in 1999.

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Paulina also wrote a poem with the same title to accompany the piece:

We age through our voyage.
Some forever grounded
with excess baggage.

But those who are bright
travel light.
They fly with courage.
Their wings get stronger.
Eventually,
They fly higher.

(With Wings, Will Travel – poem by Paulina Constancia, from her bilingual collection of poetry entitled Brazos Abiertos/Open Arms, Vancouver 2003 )

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 4

Fourth stop for GSK visitors was the Paulina Constancia Museum of Naïve Art (MoNA) where they were able to join in a museum scavenger hunt. Many said that it was a very unique way of exploring  and enjoying the museum collection. Winners brought home some pretty cool eco-friendly prizes, like recycled hotel linen shoe bags, recycled tarpaulin pouches, etc.

3- Scavenger Hunt at the MoNA

GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 3

Third stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was the studio of international naïve artist Paulina Constancia. Here they had the opportunity to view exhibition and travel mementos, photos, newspaper articles, exhibition posters , paintings in the artist’s personal collection, works in progress. Some even got to meet and greet with the artist who was present during the GSK celebrations at MoNA.

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