‘Balay Cadiznon’ showcases paintings of Negrense visual artists

Posted by watchmen
March 1, 2024
Posted in News

The City of Cadiz in northern Negros Occidental has established the Balay Cadiznon, also known as the “House of Paintings,” showcasing the works of homegrown visual artists to highlight the observance of the National Arts Month this February.

Located in the compound of the Philippine Normal University-Visayas, the art hub, which was unveiled on February 19, now displays 70 artworks painted by various Negrense artists.

In a statement yesterday, Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr. reaffirmed his commitment to supporting and nurturing the local artists and promoting cultural growth and artistic excellence.

“This is a ‘taliambong’ center [art center] that we could be proud of. The paintings serve as a tourist attraction and become a library for real stories about the artists’ experiences and perspectives,” he said.

Escalante said Balay Cadiznon was originally designed to be just an alternative venue for small events, but he realized that the area was too bare and decided to decorate the walls with paintings owned by the city government.

To make it more attractive, the mayor decided to display more artworks, turning the place into the “House of Paintings.”

After the art center’s opening, visionary artist Tom Alvarado conducted a workshop for senior and junior high school students, who also expressed their talent and creativity during the facade painting competition.

“Beyond the Arts Month, the ‘House of Paintings’ would create [a] significant human experience for visitors who will come and see the artworks,” Escalante said. (PNA)


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