With the past few weeks or even months putting a damper in our spirits due to the daily downpour of rain, we look for patches of sunlight that make trudging with wet feet worthwhile. These moments of sunlight sometimes come in the form of social gatherings and meeting with friends. But for us, it also comes in the form of seeing new pieces of art on display somewhere in one of Baguio’s corners. Towards the end of August, we checked out a group exhibit called “Ocean Eyes” in Cafe Yagam, and it was a summery distraction from the usually gloomy atmosphere.
“Ocean Eyes” was put together by four artists – William Matarawan, Reyanna Ventura, Danielle Florendo, and Justine Amores, who have formed their group after winning a mural painting contest during the Baguio Craft Fair earlier this year. Fans of Billie Eilish, may see through the song reference of the art show’s title, but more than that, the exhibit is an ode to the sea, reflective of the artists’ experiences, advocacies, and aesthetics.
For instance, William’s pieces are those of his travels around the Philippines. Justine’s works are inspired by endangered marine life such as corals and the butanding. Reyanna’s paintings bring a magical, fantastical feel to the ocean. And Danielle’s illustrations are surreal portraits based on children’s stories.
The group also sold merchandise like stickers, postcards, and art prints so attendees can take home little pieces of their signature art.
Though “Ocean Eyes” will only be on display until September 8 at Cafe Yagam. The group promises that we will be seeing more of them in the future. In the meantime, check out this exhibit at Cafe Yagam while you still can!