February 1, 2023

Beauty and functionality come together in the month-long exhibit by three visual artists at the Fred’s Gallery at Fred’s Apartment in Greenwater Village, Baguio City.
The show combines visual arts, cartooning and music, and the use of t-shirts as the artists’ canvas.
Artists Eden Cawang and Job Vezh joined Arch. Fredi Agunoy in “Obra sa Baro” (masterpiece on clothes) that opened Jan. 30.
“Obra sa Baro is an exhibit using clothes or shirts. We are featuring different styles in making our masterpieces using clothes,” Agunoy posted on his social media account.
Agunoy started out as a cartoonist and went on to become an architect. From there, he branched to painting and sculpture.
Cawang is known for her indigenous cultural artworks.
Vezh is a percussionist and member of the group Gaia, which is known for its “Earth Music.”
He is also a visual artist who uses mushroom as the main subject of his cosmic abstract painting.
Agunoy has recently launched his line of t-shirts featuring his illustrations that use mix pencil and colors to emphasize a theme.
“I am basically a cartoonist and grew up sketching that allowed me also to go to school for free,” said Agunoy, a graduate of Araullo University of Cabanatuan City School of Architecture.
“That is why my paintings are usually cartoonish,” added Agunoy, who divides his time with the Salonpas Art Group in Baguio and in Dingalan, Aurora where he established a farm, part of which he has converted into an artists’ village.
“I am a painter and at the same time a part-time farmer,” said the 60-year-old member of the Salonpas Arts Group, a group of elderly artists.
Meanwhile, the “Ibagtit” art exhibit will have the two national artists from Baguio and Benguet as special guests when it launches at the Luisa’s Café on Feb. 8.
“We have more than 80 works that will be put on display during the exhibit,” said curator and co-organizer Kigao Rosimo.
National artists for visual arts Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera and for film, Kidlat Tahimik, will open the show where the latter will also have an installation artwork.
Visual arts – both painting and sculpture – photography, literature, performance arts and music will be the different art forms to be featured during the month-long exhibit, Rosimo said. – PNA release