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The Bluewater Gallery is an art gallery that features works by Philippine Artists. The Gallery aims to promote Philippine Arts and provide its resort guests with a glimpse of local culture and its talents.



It also provides a venue for local artists to showcase their works to both local and international audiences. The Gallery also hosts events and workshops as part of its art appreciation and educational goals.

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For inquiries and exhibit proposals, please contact us at (032) 402-4100 or send an email to marcomm@bluewater.com.ph


“Diaphanous by the Sea” by Romulo Olazo


“BenCab: Life Drawings Exhibit” by Ben Cabrera


“ABSTRAC[SIO]N II” by Sio Monterra


“Joyful Journey” by Celso Pepito


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2016

•      Joyful Journey by Celso Pepito

Sulog is the Cebuano word for current. It is from this word that Sinulog, the annual festival held in the city in January in honor of the Sto. Nino, was derived. After they got the image of the Holy Child from the Spaniards, the natives has since been offering to Him a dance that mimics the ebb and flow of rivers and tides.

Thus, in keeping with the spirit of the Sinulog Festival, the art group Mugna Sugbu offersSulog, an exhibit of paintings by the members of the organization and their artist friends from France. This is the first exhibition of Mugna Sugbu after the group had an exhibition and residency in Paris, France in October to November 2013.

In their works, the group explores the different meanings that underlie the word sulog or current. The artists tackle current events like the dangers of fanaticism, the effects of urbanization, the desire for social reform, etc. Some works also delve into what’s current in art itself, thus exploring new forms.

Others inquire into the undercurrents of contemporary culture, how, for instance, native identity persists against the wave of cosmopolitanism in a growing megacity. The artists may also resist nativism or allow exchange of cultural views, as in the case of the three French artists represented here, one of which is a member of the group and a resident of Cebu.

Mugna Sugbu was actually born out of this need for cultural exchange. The group was formed after the members were selected to be represented in the “12 x 12 International Arts Festival” held in Paris in 2013. They chose the name “Mugna”, which is Cebuano word for “creation”, as a title of their group exhibit in Paris so they can at least teach one word to the French audience. French organizers thus began calling the group Mugna and it stuck.

So as customary in all Philippine fiestas, Cebuanos invite guests to take part in the festivities. Mugna Sugbu thus hosts two guest artists from Paris in this small exhibit that aim to plumb what’s current in our time.



Pit Senyor!


-Radel Paredes

Columnist, Cebu Daily News



2015

•      Mugna Sugbo

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Sulog is the Cebuano word for current. It is from this word that Sinulog, the annual festival held in the city in January in honor of the Sto. Nino, was derived. After they got the image of the Holy Child from the Spaniards, the natives has since been offering to Him a dance that mimics the ebb and flow of rivers and tides.

Thus, in keeping with the spirit of the Sinulog Festival, the art group Mugna Sugbu offersSulog, an exhibit of paintings by the members of the organization and their artist friends from France. This is the first exhibition of Mugna Sugbu after the group had an exhibition and residency in Paris, France in October to November 2013.

In their works, the group explores the different meanings that underlie the word sulog or current. The artists tackle current events like the dangers of fanaticism, the effects of urbanization, the desire for social reform, etc. Some works also delve into what’s current in art itself, thus exploring new forms.

Others inquire into the undercurrents of contemporary culture, how, for instance, native identity persists against the wave of cosmopolitanism in a growing megacity. The artists may also resist nativism or allow exchange of cultural views, as in the case of the three French artists represented here, one of which is a member of the group and a resident of Cebu.

Mugna Sugbu was actually born out of this need for cultural exchange. The group was formed after the members were selected to be represented in the “12 x 12 International Arts Festival” held in Paris in 2013. They chose the name “Mugna”, which is Cebuano word for “creation”, as a title of their group exhibit in Paris so they can at least teach one word to the French audience. French organizers thus began calling the group Mugna and it stuck.

So as customary in all Philippine fiestas, Cebuanos invite guests to take part in the festivities. Mugna Sugbu thus hosts two guest artists from Paris in this small exhibit that aim to plumb what’s current in our time.

Pit Senyor!


-Radel Paredes
Columnist, Cebu Daily News



2013

•      Ang Gerilya

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2013

•      Rediscovering the Flight of Angels by Jayvee Villacin

The Bluewater Gallery located inside Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort has always been an important venue for cultural exchange in the province and already hosted numerous exhibits by some of the biggest names in the Philippine Art scene. Among the most notable artists to have mounted an exhibit at the gallery are BenCab and Romulo Olazo who also made their debut in the Cebu art scene in this venue. Other local artists both established and aspiring also brought their diversity and quality of craft to this quaint little gallery by the sea.

On July 6, 2013 one of Cebu’s more prolific visual artist and educator Prof. Javy Villacin mounted a solo exhibit at the Bluewater Gallery. Entitled “Rediscovering the Flight of Angels” it showcased a series of paintings predominantly done in acrylic and mixed media that traces the artist’s creative arch that begins with the artist’s Future Primitive exhibit way back in 1992 after his British Council Fellowship in London at the Byam Shaw School of Art.

His exhibit Rediscovering the Flight of Angels is an abstract expressionist exhibition of 12 artworks of pure mastery in the layering of washes and drips intended to create a transparency of monochromatic shades of white and blues intended to mesmerize and trigger the imagination of the viewer into appreciating the growing abstract expressionist art scene in the community and in the country.



2013

•      Tiaw-tiaw nga Urom by Jethro Estimo

TI-AW TI-AW NGA UROM (Nonsensical Nightmares)
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The Dark Ages ended because of one particular technology, Johann Guttenberg's moveable press. This made the production of books easier and cost-effective. For the first time, knowledge is unconfined to monks transcribing manuscripts in dark basements. It was only thing that the 1st book published was the bible. (SEE MORE>>)

The industrial age in Europe brought new advancement in art making. Artists can now buy pigments stored in canisters and tubes. For the first time, they can paint outside their studios, or 'plein air'. This type of art genre is very common among the impressionists. Impressionism gave rise to other art "isms" in rapid successions.

We are at present in the information age. Knowledge shared via the internet (or interweb to some) is at the speed of light. Searching content online has never been easier. The Dewey decimal system may become as useful as the morse code.

To google or googling is now a verb.

Then came social media. Posts are in real time, sometimes way ahead than traditional mass media. People can share, follow and subscribe to an entity, real or not. Unlike normal online topic searches that give broader results, social media gave us microsearches via the "#" (hashtag). Ti-aw ti-aw nga Urom started as this experiment.

"Ti-aw Ti-aw nga Urom" is my third one man exhibit. The 144 works shown are done in 30 minutes or less, prior to sleep, in a span of ten months. All works are then uploaded to a popular image sharing app, Instagram and linked to Twitter and Facebook for viewers to see. Initially, I wanted to make a series of works as inconsistent as possible that people will not recognize the works coming from the same person.

But due to size limitation of Instagram and character limit of twitter, my plan back¬red.

Some drawings will be developed further into paintings. Example is "I am Your G.O.D. (Guard on Duty). There are a few in the pipeline.

Another failed plan, perhaps. I am making sense to these nonsense.