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“The Filipino as an Artist in Chicago”
Art Exhibit runs all October 2010

The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, the Philippine CPAs (Certified Public Accountants) of Greater Chicago and Walgreens are pleased to announce that in celebration of “Filipino American History Month” and the 15 th “Chicago Artists Month” in October this year, an art exhibit by seven Filipino American artists - “The Filipino as an Artist in Chicago” - will be held at 30 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60602. The art exhibit kicks-off on October 1 and runs the entire month. The participating Filipino American artists are Susan Alforque Silvano, Eulalio Bueno, Fabie de Silva, Cesar Conde, Jun-Jun Sta. Ana, Willi Buhay, and Wivinne Eve Red Buhay (“ERBU”). Susan is a certified public accountant and visual artist, and loves to paint in vibrant and earthy colors with textures and patterns. Bueno is a well-known Filipino American visual artist and portraitist of internationally known personalities such as Pope Paul VI, Senator Dianne Feinstein and other noted persons in Chicago and Manila, Philippines. Fabie believes that specifically, painting within the genres and imbued sentimentalism of the Expressionists and the Abstract Expressionists enables one to escape the firm grip of cultural dilemma of being a second-generation Filipino American. Cesar studied with the French master of the “Technique Mixte” with Maestro Patrick Betaudier in Chicago and at his atelier in Monflanquin, France. Jun Jun has conducted one-person exhibitions and joined selected group exhibitions in Chicago and Manila. Willi is the former Artistic Director for Design of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Folk Arts Theater in Manila, Philippines. Wivinne Eve or “ERBU’s” artworks are eclectic, simple still life or self-portraits which have meaning in life and respect different aspects in life. Most of the artists’ artwork will be displayed at the Kalayaan (Independence) Hall (21st Floor) of the Consulate, while selected artworks of the same artists will be showcased at the Walgreens drugstore (ground floor at the corner of Washington and Michigan).

The exhibit in Kalayaan Hall will run for the whole month. The display at Walgreens will run October 1-10. The art exhibit is also intended to showcase the artistry and ingenuity of the Filipino American visual artists. Walgreens and the Philippine CPAs of Greater Chicago are sponsoring the exhibit to support Filipino American artists and the celebration of the 15th “Chicago Artists Month.” The art exhibit is part of Chicago Artists Month 2010, the fifteenth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community coordinated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about Chicago Artists Month 2010 and the art exhibit, visit www.chicagoartistsmonth.org or www.chicagopcg.com. The venue of the art exhibit - 30 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60602 - is strategically located in the City as across it is the historical Chicago Cultural Center (formerly the Chicago Public Library) and immediately in front is Millennium Park. It is estimated that about 150,000 passersby pass by the corner of Washington St. and 30 N. Washington Avenue, which is the venue of the art exhibit. For other queries on the exhibit, please contact in the Consulate Mr. Orontes V. Castro (Deputy Consul General) at (312) 332-6458 ext. 15 or through his e-mail address at ovcastro@yahoo.com; Ms. Adelina G. Vergara, President of PCPAs at (773) 728-9239 or avergara0826@gmail.com; Mr. Jason Thomas, Store Manager of Walgreens at (312) 332-3540 or JT900007@yahoo.com; or Ms. Vivika Vergara of Walgreens at (847) 914-2923 or Vivika.Vergara@Walgreens.com; or Ms. Susan Silvano of PCPAs at (773) 2711184 or silvano5311@comcast.net.

Chicago, 31 August 2010

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