Kartini Asia Gallery takes pride in celebrating the National Arts Month of February 2020 with an arts exhibition entitled "Usbong", The Art Exhibit. “Usbong” is the Filipino translation of a “sprout”, a small growth on a plant or a little new bud. The more meaningful meaning of a sprout is to grow, whether we are talking about plants, people or more lofty things such as the human emotion, hope, pain and dreams. The Art Exhibition attempts to capture the beauty and meaning of “Usbong” in nature and in people, specifically the journey of the human spirit through life’s joys and challenges. The Art Exhibition features the works of emerging artists Janet de Grano and Stephanie Cabañes and the renditions of the artists of Mission Artists Philippines including Rodney Martinez, Waldz Villanueva, Bert Monterona, Arnel Mirasol, Lloyd Tronco and Jojo Garcia. 

De Grano’s masterful strokes capture nature that captivates the soul, somewhat magical in transforming one's awareness and presence in fusion with the universal soul of nature. De Grano's landscape renditions reflect both the realist and impressionist style of "naturalism' where she could contemplate her personal encounters with nature and render these authentically, thus bringing her viewer to a quiet place where one finds solitude and peace.

The passion of Stephanie Cabañes as an artist radiates in her works which speak of the strength and triumph of the human spirit. Her “Hilom Series” celebrates the human spirit’s journey from brokenness to being whole again. Her paintings highlight the beauty that is borne from the courage and faith of the healing journey that creates, not scars, but badges of hope, honor and self-worth. We hope that the viewer will find joy and inspiration with the beautiful pieces curated in this exhibit.

“USBONG”, The Art Exhibition is ongoing at the KARTINI ASIA GALLERY, Madison Galeries Lifestyle Mall in Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa City. For inquiries, please contact Ms. Ria Malvar at 09266899014 and at 09472886652.

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