Albur hosts Bohol’s first public art gallery

Finally, local visual artists would have a place for their artistry in Bohol in a privately-owned gallery open to the public.

An avenue for local artists creating more masterpieces present itself as Bohol’s first permanent public art gallery opens here December 18.

The gallery, called Talimbaw Café and Gallery which is located at East Poblacion, Alburquerque rose to the efforts of couple sculptor Gabriel Café and Leila Café nee Manding of this town.

The privately owned gallery is open to the public and accepts works of local artists, who for a long time have been exhibiting their works in temporary venues and especially timed only during Bohol festivals and events.

In the spotlight at the art gallery are the owner’s personal masterpieces: root carving from bamboo stumps, driftwood, deadwood, termite-gutted old posts and tree stumps.

Every tree stump and every root system is in itself unique that you can’t duplicate any of these art-works, Café told a modest crowd gathered during the gallery opening.

With a tree stump and root carving, there’s very limited work material and there is a need to adapt to the general shape of the object to create the images, he added as a comparison to the works of plain sculptors.

Admitting he was untrained in the art, Café said all he did was tinker when a friend and leading Boholano retablo restorer Jun Lagura lent him two wooden chisels and a mallet.

It was a simple start, but years later, Café has created masterpieces from the grotesque shapes and has found the beautiful from the seemingly worthless tangle of roots and termite mazes.

He has the art in him, that even if he is untrained, he could easily make these images come out, artist Rhants Anunciado described the sculptor art gallery owner.

Also on exhibit in the gallery are works of Dimiao based local sculptor Victor Bulala, Jun Lagura, oil paintings of Florante “Rhants” Anunciado, Joey Labrador, Jeffrey Sisican, Elvin Vitor, Glenn Lumantao, Vincent Omar Dagdayan, Daize Daquipa, Mark Cartilla, Darwin Alingig, Marielle Café and Victor Café and a handful of other fine arts students in Bohol.

The café doubles itself as restaurant, specializing in local food, adds the artist’s wife, who said it’s time that the town has a place for decent dining with Bohol into tourism. (PIA)

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