Save the Date! The Reception and Grand Opening of Pinta* Dos, the new Filipino American art gallery in San Pedro, which is located next to Philippine Expressions Bookshop. We would be very honored to have your presence at this event!
The event is on June 24 from 5-8pm at 479 West Sixth Street, Suite 107, San Pedro, CA 90731. Invited speakers and cultural performances will be announced in the coming weeks.
About the inaugural art exhibit:
DISRUPTIONS: The Art of Eliseo Art Silva
Contact: Linda Nietes-Little (310) 514-9139
New Art Gallery Set to Open Featuring Contemporary Philippine and Filipino American Art and Artists
There will be a Grand Opening and Reception on June 24, 2017
To feature compelling art done by Filipino American artists in the greater LA region, Linda Nietes-Little has decided to open an art gallery adjacent to her Philippine Expressions Bookshop which is located on Suite 105 of the beautiful vintage building called “The Arcade.” Philippine-born and raised artist, and celebrated muralist Eliseo Art Silva will be the featured artist for this grand opening of the art gallery.
For the inaugural exhibition, titled: “DISRUPTIONS: The Art of Eliseo Art Silva”, 20 art works included embraces sparring ideas and intentionally disrupts the expected to bring attention to new ideas or to begin conversations. As an artist of over 100 public works under his name from the US east coast and west coast; and, in his own studio practice, the artist strives to bring the audience to situations to rethink and disrupt in order to energize. His signature work is the 150 ft.-long and 30 ft.- high Filipinotown Mural of LA (1994) which was recently recognized as one of the “20 Iconic Murals of Los Angeles” by LA Weekly. The new paintings, mixed media pieces and drawings featured in the show is an extension of his practice in public art which reconciles the history of his lineage with the history of painting. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, received a BFA at Otis College of Art and Design and an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) under the auspices of the pioneering great abstract expressionist Grace Hartigan and resident MICA art critic Dominique Nahas.
This new space for contemporary Filipino art in Southern California was named after the PINTADOS (the painted people)- the name designated by early Spanish colonizers to the early inhabitants of the Philippines. The early Filipinos “painted” their bodies all over with elaborate tattoos and exquisite gold ornaments, thus the play of words also brings attention to the largely unknown and unchartered yet highly developed and advanced Philippine civilization; which was also known as: the 600 years of Indianized Kingdoms in the Philippines (900 AD-1565).
PINTA (paint) and DOS (second or two) also references the two walls allotted for art in the new gallery; and the fact that the new space also functions as a twin or annex of the Philippine Expressions Bookshop.
About Philippine Expressions Bookshop:
Established in 1984, Philippine Expressions Bookshop blazed the trail in the US in promoting Philippine books written in English and Pilipino for all ages. Filipiniana specialist and founder Linda Nietes-Little dedicated the bookshop to Americans of Filipino heritage who are searching for their roots. 2017 marks thirty-three years of service to the community. This new San Pedro bookshop was Blessed on on October 1, 2016 and formally inaugurated on October 14, 2016.
DISRUPTIONS: The Art of Eliseo Art Silva (June 1 – July 29, 2017)
PINTA DOS Philippine Art Gallery
479 West Sixth Street, Suite 107
San Pedro, CA, 90731
First Thursdays Artwalk Preview, June 1, 5-8pm
Reception and Art Gallery Grand Opening, Saturday, June 24, 5-8pm
HOURS OF OPERATION: Thursday-Friday : 3:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday and other days, except Sunday : by appointment only.
First Thursday of every month during Art Walk: 3:00pm – 8:00pm