TARLAC CITY (PIA) — The provincial government opened the 2nd Tarlac Art Fair located at the art gallery of Diwa ng Tarlac.
Featuring over 100 budding and established artists, it is one of the activities in line with the celebration of the 150th Founding Anniversary of the province in May 2023.
Emphasizing art as an integral part of life, Governor Susan Yap cited the all-out support of the Capitol to local artists who want to promote and display their talent.
“I have seen the growth and changes of our province to arts and culture. I have seen how many talented people have shown and came of out of their shells. Whatever their talent, skills or contributions are in the community, I will as much as possible showcase it,” Yap said.
Aside from binding and defining the community’s identity, art became one of the coping mechanisms of the artists especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The art has given us strength and resiliency during the time of COVID. It gave our artists an outlet whether mentally or physically. Art is so important so we should not let it die. We have to continue being a patron supporting arts,” she noted.
Representing the artists in the exhibit, Melissa Yeung-Yap promoted the masterpieces of local artists and the vibrant art scene in Tarlac.
“I am super happy and proud that we have a lot of good artists here. It is so nice to see everyone’s works together. Whether you are an artist or not, you can come and appreciate the artistry and skills of our fellow Tarlaqueños.,” she said.
Tarlac Art Fair is open Wednesdays to Fridays from 9:00AM to 3:30PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00AM to 7:00PM. It will run until October 31, 2022.
Relative to this, Tarlac is set to host the Central Luzon Art Fair this month at the Bulwagang Kanlahi featuring artists from the different parts of the region.
These activities coincide with the celebration of Museums and Galleries Month with the theme, “Embracing Uncertainty: Showcasing Solidarity, Hope and Recovery”.