Saturday, January 17, 2015

Urban Sketchers Philippines' New Year Party and Exhibit Opening

The members of Urban Sketchers Philippines welcomed the new year with a gathering and exhibit opening on January 10 at Conspiracy Garden CafĂ© in Quezon City. The group’s exhibit, “Rough Notations: drawings from direct observation”, features the location drawings of Cesar Ramirez Jr, Ryan Sumo, Patts Cadayona, Elizabeth Joy Santos, Lauren Villarama, Gee Roxas, Erwin Balines, Ige Trinidad, Jayson Ramirez, Ar Con Regiel, Solo Galura, Cynthia Feliciano, Nadja Ginete, Randy Valiente, Lennon Valiente, Manuel Jiongco, Ched De Gala, Honesto Sarte, Marcela Suller, and Carlo Martinez. The show will run until the 31st.

Janeil Arlegui, one of the founders of the group (along with Ryan Sumo and Buz Walker-Teach), gave a brief history of how the Philippine chapter of Urban Sketchers Philippines came about. As one of the moderators of the group, I gave a short recap of the sketchwalks done in the past year as well as the activities USk-PH took part in. I also cited some locations where we can have our sketchwalks this year, including Cubao Expo in Quezon City, Binondo in Manila, and the Pinto Art Gallery in Antipolo. Aside from sketchwalks, the group also plans to conduct workshops and come up with a publication. From the eager faces I saw, I can tell it’s going to be another fun year of drawing on location!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a gathering of sketchers without sketching! In addition to our own sketchbooks, members were also given pieces of paper to draw on, which were later collected. A ‘traveling sketchbook’ also made its way around tables, with members instructed not to spend more than five minutes on their sketch. The members were also asked to bring sketching materials that we could raffle off in our lucky draw. 


We ended the gathering with a customary group picture, wishing everyone a great year ahead.

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