‘Belleza Del Carmen’, San Sebastian Basilica’s First Rust Exhibit

The San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Reredos artists, will host Belleza Del Carmen, a religious exhibit with original artworks that utilize the rust collected from the ongoing restoration of the San Sebastian Basilica. Linked to the Order of Augustinian Recollects and San Sebastian parish’s 400th year celebration of the arrival of the Philippines’ oldest image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the event will include pieces that depict images of the 17th century Marian icon and basilica.

Belleza Del Carmen Official Event Poster

The Belleza Del Carmen exhibit will run from 5 May to 16 July 2018, at the first floor of the San Sebastian Convent, Quiapo, and admission is free. Art sales will directly fund the restoration of the Basilica’s columns, and will be available for purchase until December 2018.

Experiments with Rust (Photo by Pia Soriano)
Experiments with Rust (Photo by Pia Soriano)

The challenge of working with such an unusual and historic material made the collaboration more appealing to Reredos, group of professional artists that specialize in religious art, headed by Michael Muñoz, a recipient of the prestigious 13 Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Experiments with Rust (Photo by Pia Soriano)
Experiments with Rust (Photo by Pia Soriano)

For some artists, the exhibit was a rare opportunity that allowed them to express their Catholic faith through their craft. “Beauty, after all, is an attribute of God,” said Pia Soriano, one of the artists who will be featured in Belleza Del Carmen. Her work used oil pigments she created from grounded rust.   “An exhibit that is able to evoke something in the viewer that points to the divine, and one that can contribute to the restoration of the basilica is where passion and purpose meet,” added Soriano.

Artist at Work (Photo by Pia Soriano)
Artist at Work (Photo by Pia Soriano)

For more information about Belleza Del Carmen, you may contact the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation Inc. through email (savesansebastian.org@gmail.com) or call their landline at (632) 708-5122. You may also visit http://www.facebook.com/savessbasilica for more updates.

San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation Inc.

2nd Floor, St. Ezequiel Moreno Hall San Sebastian Basilica, Plaza Del Carmen, Quiapo, Manila, Philippines 1000
www.savesansebstian.org

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