Saturday, July 29, 2017

Art Therapy Workshop with the Lumad Kids (Indigenous kids)

Lumad kids (Indigenous children) came to Manila from Mindanao to call on the government, the Church and the people to stop the bombing and harassment of teachers in their schools.  The artist, Maria Isabel Lopez,  had the chance to give them an art therapy workshop at the University of the Philippines International Center, to help them express their feelings, fears, and hopes with the current declaration of Marital Law in Mindanao by President Duterte.

Lumad youths from Alternative Learning Center for Livelihood Education (ALCADEV) and Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS)  and educators called on the government to stop all forms of political persecution and militarization in their community.   



The artworks reflect situations happening in schools-some razed by fire, some teachers being harassed, abandoned schoolhouses. The Lumads are fighting for their ancestral lands, preservation of their forest and rivers, and the right to self determination.


Hand made beads and scarves sold by an indigenous from the Manobo tribe.

 Top L: Lumad Frederic interprets kids who walk hours on the trail to go school.
Top R: JanRex creates an abandoned school now occupied by the military.
Bottom L: The artist shows the deforestation of her community. 
Bottom R: Junel fears for his school in Davao where teachers are accused of being rebels.

 Top L: An artwork depicting the harassment of a teacher kneeling on the ground begging for his life at gunpoint, with the school children helplessly looking.
Top R: Reyna from Bukidnon shows an unfinished school-construction was halted due to military presence in her area. 
Bottom L: A lumad youth shows his family, being kicked by a soldier, with his father at gunpoint. He was inside the house observing from the window.
Bottom R: John illustrates villagers running away from their community as a chopper makes numerous rounds of their area. 
Tribal chieftains of Datus show messages to the government calling for an end to martial law in Mindanao, and to call on the military not to bomb the Lumad schools and to prove that it is ready to create a positive condition towards genuine peace in Mindanao.

 Top L:Using acrylic housepaints, and donations of brushes and paper from the artist,
Top R: Youth leader Jong Monzon of the Manobo tribe, and a datu.
The art workshop started with visualization of their actual experiences in their community. 

"Martial law will not bring about peace but in fact an increase in violations of human rights, including military attacks on schools and communities of national minorities."

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Collectors: Art @ the Source, 2017




Iluminati 2: Mixed Media of Dichroic Glass and Natural Stones.. Collector: Ellie Gettlemen
from Sebastopol, Ca.

Ways of the Cross 6-traditional Byzantine mosaic art of smalti using hammer and hardie.
Collector: John and Heather Mutz. John Mutz is running for Sheriff of Sonoma County.

Left: The Second Chakra 2-mixed Media Mosaic .
Center: Woman of Empowerment -Mosaic Right: Figure Study in Pastel
Collector: Gary and Tina Howard of Bodega Bay, Ca.






"Ranchito Milagro" - a series inspired by the gardens of Ranchito Milagro-owned by Jonathan Melrod.. both the artwork and the gardens. 



Alex Rose Pavone, the proud owner of the artwork "Ways of the Cross 6".


"Lena's Garden"-mixed media of plants, flowers, fiber, glass acrylic
Collector: Eli Melrod of Sebastopol, Ca.




Figure Study in Pastel. New Collectors: 
Top Left: Ginna Morries, a former Ms. Ohio Runner-up from Rohnert Park
Top Right: Nino Ariel from the San Francisco Marriot
Bottom Left: Winner of the Raffle
Bottom Right: Carole Carrera, lawyer.


Ghie Wyrsh, an artist from San Rafael, Ca. and her figure study in pastel.