Tarlaqueño artists take center stage at the first-ever Tarlac Art Fair

Published October 14, 2021, 3:00 PM

by John Legaspi

Dubbed as the “Melting Pot of Central Luzon” by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA), Tarlac has over the years become a multi-cultural province filled with vibrant heritage thanks to its distinct ethnic groups present. This time, the spotlight is on its local arts and cultural scene with the first-ever Tarlac Art Fair, currently ongoing until Nov. 13, 2021, at Diwa ng Tarlac. Organized by the Tarlac Provincial Government, the fair is a satellite exhibition of ManilART, the country’s premier annual national art fair.

‘Progression Regression’ by Mark Lander Garcia and ‘Juan Goal, Juan Nation’ by Harlem Sunga

With this year’s theme “Continuing Legacy,” Tarlaqueño artists banded together to collectively represent the best of what the region has to offer with a diverse and abundant lineup of paintings, photos, pottery, and local crafts. Among the artists who contributed works in their chosen medium are Judeo Herrera, Harlem Sunga, Carlo Ramos Dizon, and Mark Lander Garcia. Each manifested their creative proclivity, and mastery of technique—an artistic patrimony premised on Filipino ingenuity.

“Through the first-ever Tarlac Art Fair, we aim to acquaint the public with our province’s take on Philippine contemporary art,” says Tarlaqueña artist and organizer Melissa Yeung-Yap. “With the support of our Talarqueño artists, the collection is set to showcase our unique vernacular, rich history, and the heritage of our people. Hopefully, this endeavor can promote more regional artists, and also inspire younger artists to get into the arts.”

Pieces in the collection provide a wide array of styles such as realism, expressionism, figurative, and abstract as well themes that reflect personal, social, environmental, and political issues affecting their community and the nation. Pottery designs, on the other hand, reflect the blending of colloquial aesthetic merging with the modern eclectic taste.

Here are some of the featured pieces of Tarlac Art Fair 2021.

‘Generation’s Degeneration’ by Mark Lander Garcia

‘Tahalaran’ by John Boriz Dee Layug

‘In Plain Sight’ by Judeo Herrera

Art lovers have a chance to enjoy the collection despite travel restrictions as the fair will also take things digital with a virtual setup available on platforms provided by Tarlac Art and ManilART.

Visit its Facebook page to learn more about this year’s fair.