LA UNION CULTURE & ARTS GALLERY
The La Union art scene is experiencing a revival of sorts, and at the heart of it all is this unique gallery
La Union is fast gaining ground as a hub for artists. Thanks to a provincial government project that started a few years ago, there is now a venue to showcase the locals’ flair for the arts.
The Culture and Art Gallery of La Union (known in the Ilocano dialect as Silid ti Adal
ken Laing ti La Union) is open to artists residing or has roots in the province. Most of them are members of the decades-old AGLaUN, or Artists Guild of La Union, but there are also those who are part of other groups like Karatula La Union and Guhit Pinas (La Union chapter).
According to AGLaUN vice president John Parmisano, “Umaangat na ngayon ang arts sa La Union. A few months ago, we were asking ourselves ano ang dapat maging representation ng LU artists. We should level up with our neighbors, Pangasinan and Baguio. We thought, what if we start with abstraction? Primary goal is to have a distinct balat.” Its curator, Rodel Rillera, who is also the president of AGLaUN, says that the goal is to push local artists to be at par with artists in Manila and Baguio.
And to make sure that La Union’s love for the arts is passed on to the next generation, the gallery holds summer workshops that cater mainly to children.
“Ayaw naming mawala ang arts sa La Union. Part of our objective is to make La Union the art hub of the Ilocos area, and maybe one day hold an exhibit in Manila,” adds John. Aside from exhibits, the gallery also hosts spoken word sessions. Culture and art Gallery of la union (Silid ti adal ken lainG ti la union), 3/l luPaC BldG., San fernando, la union; oPen MondayS to fridayS, 9 a.M. to 5 P.M.; SaturdayS, 9 a.M. to 3 P.M.; tel. (072) 888-2797, (072) 242-5550 loC, 218; faCeBook: www.faCeBook.CoM/ Silidlaunion
The complex wood works of Rodel Rillera almost seem like mechanical creations complete with cogs; Rodel also created the abstract painting beside it (top right). Meanwhile, paintings by Rene Masancay (bottom) and Juan Elani Toles (bottom right) come in bright splashes of colors and intricate details.