July 30 Meet & Greet at MoNA

It was a great meet and greet event at the MoNA last Saturday, July 30 in Cebu. Nice to see regular and new museum supporters.

There were 4 main activities:

1st Activity: Watch video summary of the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists which Paulina recently attended in Slovenia


2nd Activity:
 View the Tindahan sa Dalan/Roadside Markets collection which Paulina completed and exhibited in Slovenia; meet & greet with artist


3rd Activity: Draw your own vendor at the Boardroom and  then hang your masterpiece at the MoNA Studio Gallery


4th Activity: Visit the MoNA (museum)


Followed of course by some simple yet delicious snacks prepared by West Gorordo Hotel’s Journey’s Cafe.

Thank you to all of you who joined us on Saturday.  If you want to see Paulina’s new collection “Tindahan sa Dalan/Roadside Markets”, please drop by Mon-Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. For other inquiries please call West Gorordo Hotel at 2314347.

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-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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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 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!

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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.

5- Ukulele Workshop

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!!!

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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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GSK 2016 at the MoNA, part 1

First stop for GSK visitors at the MoNA was the Flying Hearts photo booth. MoNA guests were all smiles as they posed for this heavenly welcome photoshoot.

This wall/permanent photo booth is inspired by Paulina Constancia’s  painting “Setting A Heart Free”. With an echoing heart birdie cut-out and a pair of wings, GSK visitors at MoNA were able to immerse themselves in the world of Paulina’s flying hearts.

1-a Flying Hearts Photo Booth at the MoNA

Below is “Setting A Heart Free” – the painting that inspired the Flying Hearts photo booth. Now in the private collection of Olive Caday-Fillone. Paulina  created this mixed media piece in Toronto in 2001 for her show PULSO in Yorkville, Toronto.

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MoNA’s Storyline for GSK 2016

This is the first time that the Paulina Constancia Museum of Naïve art (MoNA) is joining the Gabii sa Kabilin (GSK) or Heritage Night.

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And the first assignment for participating heritage sites is to create an individual storyline  based on a given theme.  This year’s GSK theme is “Forging Peoples”

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And below is MoNA’s Individual storyline.

“Civilizations Flourish by Forging Ecological and Cultural Diversity”

Maíz- Mais, Cacao-Kakaw, Piña-Pinya,  Plátano-Saging, Mango- Manga, Hibiscus-Gumamela, Fiesta-Pista, Casamiento-Kasal, Procesión-Prosesyon, Virgen María –Birhen Maria, Cochero-Kutsero, Guitarra-Gitara, Chinelas-Tsinelas, Jeepney-Dyipni, , Salvavidas-Salbabida, Feria-Perya, Escuela- Eskwelahan, Tiangue- Tiangi

These are ecological and cultural imports from China, India, Mexico, Spain and the United States of America. They have been ingrained and assimilated in our environment  and way of life for centuries that they are now part of who we are, what we eat, what we do and how we live. During your visit to the Paulina Constancia Museum of Naïve Art [MoNA] at West Gorordo Hotel, you will  have the chance to see the artworks of Paulina Constancia that depict these symbols, rituals, traditions and celebrations that were forged through ecological and cultural exchange with our colonizers and trading partners.

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Check out Gabii sa Kabilin 2016 Guide, MoNA is featured on page 35.

Come and join us as we celebrate our unique ecological and cultural heritage.  Start your GSK- Heritage Night Adventure at the MoNA and win cool prizes!!!