‘Arte Negrense: FORMA’ exhibit opens Thursday

A painting by Rodney Martinez*

The Art Association of Bacolod-Negros (AABN), one of the country’s longest-running art associations, is launching its latest exhibition, “Arte Negrense: FORMA,” in commemoration of National Arts Month.

The exhibit will be held at the recently-opened Calle Catorce located at Lacson Street in Bacolod City on Thursday February 22, a press release from AABN said Sunday, February 18.

Renowned for its commitment to showcasing the vibrant local artscape, AABN’s Arte Negrense project partners with iconic establishments, bringing art closer to the community and visiting tourists. This marks the second collaboration with Calle Catorce, a transformed family home now serving as a modern restaurant and bar, the press release said.

Edbon Sevilleno artworks*

“FORMA” will spotlight the groundbreaking works of AABN’s founding father, Edgardo “Budot” Lizares, and founding member Larry Tronco, recognized as forerunners of abstract art in Negros. In a poignant gesture, their families will generously loan some of their masterpieces to the association in honor of AABN’s upcoming 50th anniversary in 2025, it said.

The exhibit will also feature 22 Negrense artists from the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros, presenting a diverse array of abstract expressions. Among them are artists such as Rodney Martinez, Edbon Sevilleno, Fred Orig, Revo Yanson, Lloyd Tronco, and Natalio Alob Jr.

Women artists also joining the exhibit are AABN President Tey Sevilleno, mosaic artist and watercolorist Gigi Campos, designer Manon Hernaez, Pinky Fuentebella-Lizares, Jenn Abeto, Konica Faustino, Princy Martir, and Fe Sumagaysay.

The showcase will extend beyond traditional mediums, with Negrense artists Sol Alejandrino, Jaycee Seran, Noah Sian, Ryn Paul Gonzales, and Beto Tiano exhibiting an array of works spanning enamel on glass, watercolors, and acrylics.

AABN also welcomes new members Annabelle Apawan, Merle Alova, and Mei Lonasco, who will contribute their unique perspectives to the exhibition.

“FORMA” at Calle Catorce will run until May 31, 2024.

Those interested in more information may contact AABN via email at or follow OfficialAABNegros on Facebook and artbacolodnegros on Instagram, the press release said.*

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