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Watercolor in focus

The beauty and versatility of watercolor as a medium was highlighted at a competition and exhibition held recently at SM Megamall Fashion Hall. 

A joint project of Gallery Genesis and SM Megamall, this year’s Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Competition and Exhibition invited only the most highly talented and skilled watercolorists to participate with a mandatory pre-screening requirement. 

Gallery Genesis owner Chichi Salas (center) and daughter Patrice (right) with SM SVP for Marketing Millie Dizon during the Kulay sa Tubig launch at SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall.
Gallery Genesis owner Chichi Salas (center) and daughter Patrice (right) with SM SVP for Marketing Millie Dizon during the Kulay sa Tubig launch at SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall.
Over 100 artists competed for the Hall of Fame and Top Five Watercolorists awards. Winners each received a trophy, a certificate, and a cash prize.

Virgilio Pomida, Jr. won the Hall of Fame award with his masterpiece The Morning After. As in the previous years, artists who are qualified for the Hall of Fame are only those who have won at least three times throughout the years.

Virgilio Pomida, Jr.'s Hall of Fame 2020 winning entry 'The Morning After.'
Virgilio Pomida, Jr.'s Hall of Fame 2020 winning entry 'The Morning After.'
Meanwhile, Carlo Caacbay (Utopia, We Dream as One), Jarsen Lacson (Spidermen), Julian Eymard Paquiligan (Sweet Predictions), Ronnie Pascua (Force), and Richard Romeo (A National Treasure) were named the Top Five Watercolorists.

‘A National Treasure’ by Richard Romeo
‘A National Treasure’ by Richard Romeo
Judges for this year’s competition included Metropolitan Museum Manila president Tina Colayco, NCCA former chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., SM SVP for marketing communications group Millie Dizon, Ayala Museum’s senior curator Kenneth Esguerra, Vargas Museum’s senior curator Patrick Flores, art critic and art writer Cid Reyes, and Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. president Armita Rufino.

'Force' by Ronnel Pascua
'Force' by Ronnel Pascua
Gallery Genesis established the Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Watercolor Competition and Exhibition in 1983. At that time, the gallery felt that watercolors were underappreciated as a medium of visual arts, when in fact, it requires the artist more discipline and precision than any other medium.

Topics: Watercolor in focus , Kulay Sa Tubig Invitational Competition and Exhibition , Gallery Genesis , SM Megamall Fashion Hall

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