Sunday, May 22, 2011

BenCab’s Life Drawings Open at the Bluewater Gallery

Last May 15, 2011, Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort and Bluewater Gallery premiered the exhibit -BenCab: Life Drawings Exhibit.  Ben Cabrera, also known as BenCab, was on hand for his first solo exhibit in Cebu after being declared a National Artist. 

Together with BenCab, the exhibit was formally opened with guests of honor Rafaelita Pelaez and Raul Arambulo. They were assisted by Bluewater Resort’s Julie Alegrado-Vergara and Consul Arcadio Alegrado.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by cocktails at Molto Italiano. The reception was well attended by honorable members of the Consular Corps of Cebu, local artists, art collectors and enthusiasts. 

UNVEILING BENCAB TREASURES. Bluewater Resort’s President Julie Alegrado, Raul Arambulo, Ben Cabrera, Rafaelita Ochera and Arcadio Alegrado, Consul of Austria cuts the ribbon to open the doors to the Cebuanos to view BenCab’s works.
WORKS OF LIFE DRAWINGS. Cebuanos admire the works of the National Artist Ben “BenCab” Cabrera at the Bluewater Gallery.
“Bluewater provides a venue for local artists to showcase their works to both local and international audiences,” shares Bluewater Gallery Director Vic Vergara. Cebu gets to share in seeing BenCab's work up close and meet the National Artist personally. The event was hosted by art aficionado Jude Bacalso. 

AFTERNOON DRINKS. Jurgen Pesch, Sandra Pesch, June Alegrado, Yvette Vass and Zoltan Vass enjoying the late afternoon cocktails.
The exhibit showcases BenCab’s personal collection of drawings from 2009 to present. These artworks were kept in his Baguio studio featuring a collection of 20 portraits and nude figure drawings on paper, mostly done with charcoal and pastel with daubs of color. His works have always dealt with grace of the human form and its nuances. However, this collection is set in a more casual and domesticated character.  They are a result of the artist’s observation and interaction of the human form – from local folk and farmhands that work daily in the farm and garden at the BenCab Museum to visiting models seizing a rare opportunity to pose nude for the master. 

ARTISTS AND FRIENDS. Rene Guatlo with National Artist Ben Cabrera, Annie Sarthou, Aman Santos and Ace Durano.
 ART AFICIONADOS. Ace Durano with Armi Garcia, Consul of the Russian Federation, Carmi Durano and Edu Jarque were all smiles as they admire BenCab’s artworks.
Take this opportunity to witness National Artist BenCab’s Life Drawings, an exhibit of portraits and nudes at the Bluewater Gallery at the Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort.  Exhibit runs from May 16 to June 12, 2011. The Bluewater Gallery opens at 10am to 7pm from Thursday to Saturday and 10am to 6pm from Sunday to Wednesday. Get either the day tour package on Sundays to Wednesdays at P 1,200 or on Thursdays to Saturdays at P 1,500. For viewing appointments and reservations call Carlo Luna or Kat Biol.

About Bluewater Gallery
The Bluewater Gallery is an art gallery that features works by Philippine Artists. It is located at the Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort, Mactan Island, Cebu. The Gallery aims to promote Philippine Arts and provide its resort guests with a glimpse of local culture and its talents. It also provides a venue for local artists to showcase their works to both local and international audiences. The Gallery also hosts events and workshops as part of its art appreciation and educational goals. 

About Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort
Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort, a member of Bluewater Resorts Group, a lush 5-hectare tropical paradise located in Mactan Island, Cebu. It aims to provide the best in Philippine hospitality coupled with world-class facilities and amenities. It boasts of 158 well-appointed rooms, 110-meter beachfront of pristine sand, a private island, 3 lagoon-shaped swimming pools with waterfalls, children's playground, recreation and water sports center, full-service restaurants and bars and the pampering treatment of Amuma Spa. Recent renovations and innovations were designed by artist, Benji Reyes.

Press Contacts
Carlo Luna or Kat Biol 
032 492 0100 loc. 512

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