By Karylle Panorel | May 3, 2022
Various handmade artworks to promote local crafts of Silliman University (SU) Fine Arts (FA) students were featured in their yard sale recently, held at the local art gallery, Shelter.
College of Performing and Visual Arts (COPVA) professor W Don Flores said that the sale or the “exchanges that take place within the community, rather than outside of it, create a stronger connection between the artists and the buyers”.
According to Fine Arts Department Student Organization (FADSO) head Isabel Gutang, Fine Arts Department Student Organization head, the fair was basically “for fun”.
“We usually do this kind of stuff during Hibalag, but because we were kind of robbed to do so, [pertaining to the pandemic] we just look for events or ways that we can still do the things that we essentially like,” she added.
Organized by FA students, the “Yes, A Yard Sale!” also featured “high-quality and affordable” art such as stickers, prints, zines, paintings, and others. The event happened off-campus and also involved non-FA artists.
Prof. Flores added that the event was to also “test the waters” for other possible events in the future. “Maybe a larger [event] or maybe, later on, there will be a sticker or zine fest. We’re not quite sure yet,” he said.
Meanwhile, the event also capped Training Wheels, an exhibition of works by FA students Isabel Gutang, Jazmyne Maypa, Shawn Calumpang, and Krystann Morong.
The exhibition also had scheduled screenings of Hot Ginamos, an ongoing anthology of experimental film and video works by Chanel Pepino, Jan Alix, Lei Tolentino, Noel Paul Ramirez, Rea Micutuan, Sizzling Bolinao, and Steven Gayangos.
Among these artists, Krystann Morong, a third-year student who created “The Fruit XXXion”, focused on displaying the idea that art has “limitless possibilities”.
“We don’t like to be the same as other artists that have preoccupied artworks that need to present the meaning instead of opening them to everyone’s interpretation,” said Morong.
Mia Cornel, a senior student, sold stickers and characters made of rocks and named them “blumbs”. “I made them to serve as a reminder for people to follow the health protocols [during the pandemic],” she said.
The said exhibit and screening started last April 9 and officially ended last May 1.