Maria Pureza Escaño's "Ode to the Father" Traveling Art Exposition

THE PHILIPPINE STAR: Maria Pureza Escaño's 'Ode to the Father'

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ARTS AND CULTURE (The Philippine Star) Updated April 05, 2010 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Maria Pureza “Puchette” Escaño recently showcased her artworks in “Ode to the Father,” a traveling exhibit of praise and thanksgiving, at the LRI Pavilion, LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia st., Bel-Air II, Makati City.

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo officiated the Mass.

The opening was attended by Rad Escaño, Ric and Rizza Pascua, Raul and Mari Garcia, Bogie and Marge Lorenzo, Joey and Mari-vikk Vinas, Jojo and Koi Jalandoni, Ed and Malou Malay, Jo and Mar Tamayo, Manny Siggaoat, Gerry Cunanan, Tony Suiza, Kiko and Aida Josef, Olive Zamora, Lennie dela Rosa, Dan and Ludy Andres, and Edwin and Babylynne Aguila.

The exhibit presented by BLD Gawad Kalinga headed by Ric Pascua of the Bukas-Loob sa Diyos Foundation.

All paintings in the exhibit were donated to raise seed funds for the Scholarship of Hope of the Bukas-Loob sa Diyos Foundation. The scholarship, a brainchild of Bukas-Loob sa Diyos spiritual director Archbishop Lagdameo, seeks to assist the children of the poorest of the poor.

  “Ode to the Father” traces its roots from a prayer poem of the same title penned by Puchette herself. In this poem, she recounts God’s blessings and how He carried her from what she calls the “dark night of the soul” into a new light and life.

Composer Jason Asistores transformed this prayer into a song and performed the song live with singer and fellow Makopa band member Nika Espinosa. Also featured were photographs by Mian Sta.Cruz.

Sponsored by Smart Communications, Inc. the traveling exhibit started at Bliss Café & Art Space, Hotel Elizabeth in Baguio City and featured Puchette’s signature figurative and avant-garde style.

The series in the collection reflects the artist’s search, discovery and affirmation of the inspiration behind her masterpieces — as depicted in all 16 artworks (retrospective of her paintings from 2002-2010) which are experimentations of her varying styles in realism, impressionism and surrealism, executed in either oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

Puchette’s reputation as a Filipino global artist started when she was invited to join a group exhibition at the prestigious Ico Gallery in New York from March to April 2009. She has likewise graced the local art scene via various exhibits.

Escaño is represented by Ico Gallery Chelsea, New York; Sining Kamalig Gallery,



MALAYA: Puchette’s prayer of praise
comes alive in song and images

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 3, 2010 PHILIPPINES

http://www.malaya.com.ph/03032010/liv1.html

ARTIST Maria Pureza "Puchette" Escano will showcase her masterpieces in a traveling exposition billed as Ode to the Father"–an art exhibit of Praise and Thanksgiving. It will open on March 6, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the LRI Pavilion, LRI Design Plaza, along Nicanor Garcia St. in Makati with a mass officiated by Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.

"Ode to the Father" traces its roots from a poem of the same title penned by Puchette herself. In this poem, she recounts God’s blessings and how he carried her from what she calls the ‘dark night of the soul’ into a new light and life. This prayer has been made into a song by her friend, musical composer, Jason Asistores, to be the theme of her Ode to the Father retrospective.

All the paintings in the "Ode to the Father" collection will be donated to the Bukas-Loob sa Diyos Foundations’ Scholarship of Hope as the artist’s response to the call of BLD’s spiritual director Archbishop Lagdameo to assist its beneficiaries.


The Scholarship of Hope seeks to offer educational scholarship to the children of the "poorest of the poor" where the only qualification of the beneficiaries will be, besides being poor, the desire to get an education. There will be no minimum IQ or grade level required.

Done either in her signature figurative and avant-garde style, the series in the collection reflects the artist’s search, discovery and affirmation of the inspiration behind her masterpieces–as depicted in all 18 artworks (retrospective of her paintings from 2002-2010) which are experimentations of her varying styles in realism, impressionism and surrealism, executed in either oil, acrylic and her forte, watercolor.

Puchette’s reputation as a Filipino global artist started when she was invited to join a group exhibition at the prestigious Ico Gallery in New York. Her works stood side by side with international greats like Blake Ward, Jan Boe Paulsen, Jean Dorch, Ned Martin, Kaiser Kamal, Davor Vokovic and Ted Barr in an exhibition called "New Motions of the Figure" which ran from March to April 2009. She has likewise graced the local art scene via various exhibits.


Other artists who will perform during the exhibit’s launch on March 6 are Jason Asistores, and Nika Espinosa of the Makopa band who will render a live performance of the song. The event will also feature photographs by Mian Sta.Cruz.

This event is sponsored by Smart Communications, Inc.

Maria Pureza "Puchette" Escano is represented by Ico Gallery Chelsea, New York; Sining Kamalig Gallery, Gateway Mall; and ArtAsia, SM Megamall.

For more information about the artist, link up with http://puchetteescano.weebly.com


BUSINESS MIRROR : A Prayer of Praise in Song and Images

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Art Section/ D4/ Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This self-taught artist from Sariaya considers every artwork as a way to praise the Prime Mover and Ultimate Muse of her life: "There are no complicated philiposophies to explain my kind of art. Art is my answer to that need in my soul to to reproduce how I see things with my heart's eye... that need to hold something raw and use it to express how the wonderful things in God's good earth move me," says artist Maria Pureza Escano. "My art is my praise to God."

Thus on March 6, Puchette will showcase her works in a traveling exposition billed Ode to the Father: An Art Exhibit of Praise and Thanksgiving. It will open at 6 pm at the LRI Pavilion, LRI Design Plaza, along Nicanor Garcia Street in Makati City with the celebration of the Holy Mass, to be officiated by His Excellnecy Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.

Ode to the Father traces its roots from a poem of the same title penned by Puchette, herself. In this poem, she recounts God's blessings and how He carried her from what she calls the "dark night of the soul" into a new light and life. This prayer has been made into a song by her friend, musical composer Jason Asistores to  be the theme of her Ode to the Father show.

All the paintings in the Ode to the Father collection will be donated to the Bukas-Loob sa Diyos Foundation's Scholarship of Hope, as the artist's response to the call of BLD's spiritual director Archbishop Lagdameo to assist its beneficiaries. The Scholarship of Hope seeks to offer educational scholarship to the childen of the "poorest of the poor" where the only qualification of the beneficiaries wiill be, besides being poor, their desire to get an education. There will be no minimum IQ or grade level required.

Puchette started painting at nine years old when she saw a coffee-table book featuring French impressionists, and through the influence of her late brother, an artist in their hometown.

Art critic ionna McBride describes Puchette's paintings as pure and unassuming: "Viewing her art rewards one's soul with new inspirations to see beauty... we leave with our spirrits refreshed eager to see the way her heart's eye sees the beauty of life's moments."

Other artists will perform during the exhibit's launch on March 6. Jason Asistore and Nika Espinosa of the band Makopa will render a live performance of the song. The event will also feature photographs by Mian Sta. Cruz.

This event is sponsored by Smart Communications Inc.

For information:puchetteescano.weebly.com.

Maria Pureza 'Puchette' Escano at LRI Design Plaza
(The Philippine Star) Updated March 01, 2010 12:00 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Maria Pureza “Puchette” Escano presents her masterpieces in a traveling exposition billed “Ode to the Father — An art exhibit of Praise and Thanksgiving.” It will open on March 6 at 6 p.m. at the LRI Pavilion, LRI Design Plaza, along Nicanor Garcia St. in Makati with a celebration of the Holy Mass to be officiated by His Excellency Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.

All the paintings in the “Ode to the Father” collection will be donated to the Bukas-Loob sa Diyos Foundations’ Scholarship of Hope as the artist’s response to the call of BLD’s spiritual director Archbishop Lagdameo to assist its beneficiaries.

The traveling exposition started at Bliss Café & Art Space, Hotel Elizabeth in Baguio City last Feb. 14. The collection reflects the artist’s search, discovery and affirmation of the inspiration behind her masterpieces — as depicted in all 18 artworks (retrospective of her paintings from 2002-2010) which are experimentations of her varying styles in realism, impressionism and surrealism, executed in either oil, acrylic and her forte, watercolor. The paintings embody each verse of her poem of prayer to God.

Jason Asistores, and Nika Espinosa of the Makopa band will perform on opening night. The event will also feature photographs by Mian Sta.Cruz. This event is sponsored by Smart Communications Inc.

Maria Pureza “Puchette” Escano is represented by Ico Gallery Chelsea, New York; Sining Kamalig Gallery, Gateway Mall; and ArtAsia, SM Megamall. For information, visit http://puchettescano.weebly.com.  

 THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER: Escano at LRI Design Plaza

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer/ Lifestyle/ March 1, 2010, Monday/ Page c2

Artist Maria Pureza "Puchette" Escano's "Ode to the Father: An Art Exhibit of Praise and Thanksgiving" will open March 6, 6 pm., at the LRI Pavilion, LRI Design Plaza, along Nicanor Garcia St. (formerly Reposo) in Makati. Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo is special guest. Proceeds will go to the Bukas-Loob sa Diyos Foundation's Scholarship of Hope. Escano's works are done in her signature figurative and avant-garde style.