Below is a press release sent by Mike Garcia, one of a group of young artists holding an art exhibit fundraiser for marine environment protection.
Manila (May, 2012) – An art exhibit centering on marine environment conservation opens on May 4 at the Renaissance Gallery in Megamall. “Sa Asul o Sa Itim” features the works of young artists Mike Garcia, Willhen Peneyra, Ezra Reverente and Allan Calingansan.
The artists’ oil and mixed media artworks focus on marine environment issues like destructive and overfishing, coastal infrastructure and tourism, and mismanagement of fisheries. The purpose of the exhibit is to raise public awareness on marine life protection as well as raise funds for environmental projects.
Ultimately, “Sa Asul o Sa Itim” aims to challenge everyone to translate this higher environmental awareness into concrete action by making the right choice and participating in concerted and individual efforts to save the marine ecosystem.
The proceeds of the exhibit will go to Eco-Sys Action’s Whale Shark Project in Donsol, Bicol Region. Eco-Sys Action is an environmental foundation based in Hong Kong, Valence France, and Nairobi Kenya that works to preserve threatened species and their habitats while improving the health, education and economic conditions of local communities.
The foundation’s initial projects in Donsol have already taken off. These include the establishment of marine library with a permanent exhibition on whale shark protection, distribution of educational materials in schools all over the region, establishment of mini clinics along the coastal areas, and set-up of microenterprises such as small garden cultivation and beekeeping activities.
Renaissance Gallery is located at the 4th floor of Megamall Building A in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong. The exhibit will run until May 11.
About the artists
This art show will feature young artists Mike Garcia, Willhen Peneyra, Ezra Reverente and Allan Calingasan.
Mike Garcia graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Major in Painting. He worked as a flash animator for a Korean cartoon illustration company before transferring to Eco-Sys Action, a Hong Kong-based environmental foundation promoting conservation efforts in different countries. For three years, he worked as a graphic designer and cartoon illustrator for this foundation. Early this year, he decided to pursue his passion for painting and become a full-time artist. He will have his first solo show in Switzerland this coming September.
Willhen Peneyra earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Major in Visual Communication from the University of the Philippines in 2009. Apart from graduating with cum laude honors, he was also recognized in art competitions like the 2008 Actmedia In-Store Media Design Competition and 2009 Magnolia Tub Wrap Design Competition, where he both got first place. After working as a graphic designer for an advertising agency, he and his girlfriend Karen decided to put up their own online design company, Resident Alien. Willhen is also a senior artist at Pencil Head Creative Studio, also an online company.
Allan Calingasan is a graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Major in Painting. He is currently on his way to earn his Master’s Degree from the same university. Since he graduated in 2005, he has worked for UST as a layout artist, publication staff and office assistant.
Ezra Reverente is also a Thomasian who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Major in Painting in 2005. He bagged Thesis of the Year when he graduated. Among his various recognitions include representing the Philippines at the International Exchange Exhibition of Design and Craft at Japan 2004, winning Juror’s choice (top 5) 1st GSIS Painting Competition 2004, and being a finalist (top 4) in the PLDT-DPC art competition in 2004.