Paulina Constancia in Art Naif Festiwal-Poland

We are happy to share the news that Paulina Constancia is one of the artists selected to participate in this year’s naif art festival in Poland.

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This is the 10th of this annual festival which happens in Katowice, which is located in Upper Silesia. (the southeastern part of the historical and geographical region of Silesia, located mostly in Poland, with small parts in the Czech Republic.  Read more )
Below is some information about Upper Silesia from the gallery’s website:

Upper Silesia is traditionally perceived as an industrial region. From the beginning of the XIX century it developed as an important region of mines and steel works. Still, not deprived of art. Colorful world of so-called “naive” artists appeared in the heart of industrial Silesia in the 1930s, when a group of amateur painters, miners working in Giesche mine, was created under the leadership of Teofil Ociepka, strongly inspired by occultism. Their art was full of color, mystical images, drawings influenced by both mythology and classical painting motives, presenting often surreal embedded in Upper Silesian landscape. The group called then „Grupa Janowska” is still active today.

The time has changed and many of industrial plants have been closed, but the magic of art is still here!

And here’s a little about the Art Naif Festiwal from the gallery’s website:

First edition of the Festival took place in 2008. From that time we are honored and pleased to host hundreds of artists from all over the world, together with thousands of their admirers. Mostly we present paintings, but also sculptures and ceramics. We are proud to work with wonderful artists from many different countries, including: Australia, Burkina Faso, Argentina, Israel, United States, Brazil, Tanzania, Venezuela and many European countries.

Year 2017 promises to be exceptionally great! The 10th Art Naif Festival will be held from 9th June until 18th August 2017. As each year we are planning many additional events and, since it will be our jubilee, more surprises can be expected. The exhibition will be accompanied with several lesser exposures organized in the local museums as well as many workshops, film screenings, lectures.

This year there are around 350 artists and nearly 40 countries represented . It will be an exciting celebration of art and culture.

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Here are some photos of a roadside billboard in Katowice promoting the festival. The exhibition runs from June 9 to August 18.

 

Click here for videos of past editions of Art Naif Festiwal
Check out other festival photos and videos on Facebook

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)

13612393_1164773106877324_1577452009847059481_nHere are the artworks created and handed over by the 8 participating artists of the 49th International Meeting of Naïve Artists (June 11-18, 2016) to the Trebnje Gallery of Naïve Artists, Slovenia

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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13502724_802446416524267_3129024039452006126_oOur group entering the National Gallery from a back entrance. That’s IVANA from Serbia, a fellow participant in the meeting in Trebnje.

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

13522951_802446469857595_7218980419446547403_oThe Judgment of Solomon as protrayed by a Slovenian artist . Learn more about The Judgment of Solomon

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 

13475094_802449026524006_1731405915864324421_oMia, Marga, Denis and Paulina

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!

13433268_1151873361500632_5624365065200347149_oTrace and Cut…

13411903_1154266031261365_1662369277678176575_oThen glue…

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 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.