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Former Manila mayor and now Buhay Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza delivers an inspirational opening speech for climate change artists and advocates

Former Manila mayor and now Buhay Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza delivers an inspirational opening speech for climate change artists and advocates

Artists, environmental advocates, government officials and patrons gathered on February 23 to show their solidarity for an indispensable need to act against climate change through the art exhibit, Palette for Nature.

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The exhibit, presented by vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and Earth Day Networks Philippines Inc. (EDNPI), in partnership with SM Supermalls, is a multi-venue showcase of 100 artworks that visualize both the beautiful and threatened state of our environment.

Shown in SM Southmall from February 18 to 23 and SM BF Parañaque from February 24 to March 2, the exhibit is also scheduled for viewing in public spaces until May 2014 to reach a wider audience.

The artworks are done by veteran and young artists such as National Artist Napoleon Abueva, Ramon Orlina, Francisco Verano, Ernie Patricio, Caña, Bing Siochi, Edgar Talusan Fernandez, Pablo Baens Santos, Veejay Villafranca, Federico “Boy” Dominguez, Resty Flores, Kay Malilong-Isberto, Kermit Tesoro, Little Wing Luna, Jo A. Santos, Alee Garibay, and Nina Garibay, among many others.

The ‘Palette for Nature’ exhibit aims to inspire the community to help preserve the environment

The ‘Palette for Nature’ exhibit aims to inspire the community to help preserve the environment

The artists have come together to share works that encourage love for the environment, in memory of EDNPI’s founder Odette Alcantara, who is a patron of the arts and an environmental advocate. Members of Agos-Kulay Watercolor Society conducted an on-the-spot painting session while sharing stories and experiences about the threats of climate change.

“We see in these artworks some deeper understanding of the issue of climate change which goes beyond nature. Environmental issues are linked to other aspects of our society—economy, education, politics, and social behavior. In order for us to really slow down climate change, we need to transform all these aspects of our society. We have to seriously review how we live, how we consume, what we know and how we choose our leaders,” said Buhay Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza, who was the former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and three-term mayor of Manila.

“Artists in this show do not only aspire for awareness, they also aspire for action. Art has always been a means to capture picturesque images, but aside from documenting beautiful scenes, art also expresses challenges in our society in the form of criticism or call for action. Palette for Nature gives you access to both picturesque and critical paintings about our environment to urge you to do something exponentially effective and sustainable about it. It’s a mix of nostalgia, utopia and dystopia but all for one goal—to remind us that we live in an ailing world,” shared exhibit curator Avie Felix of vMeme Contemporary.

EDNPI’s reforestation project site is located at Barangay Sta. Monica Municipality of Tagkawayan in the province of Quezon. It covers a total of 200 hectares of degraded forestland.

For more information about Palette for Nature, contact vMeme Contemporary at 0917-5685939, or e-mail vmemecontemporary@gmail.com.

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