Marketman & Family were at the Salcedo Art Fair last Saturday, which also coincided with the Salcedo Marketâ€™s Third Anniversary celebration. The Art Fair benefits the Museum Foundation of the Philippines and there always seems to be an interesting selection of modestly priced art. We have our favorite exhibitors at this Fair (only on its third time out) with the black and white photographs of Isa Lorenzo and The Silver Lens Gallery being a family favorite but we also come across other interesting artists and purveyors of original art. Last Saturday, I was on the lookout for something totally unusual, painted coconut shells. A reader of this blog who resides in the beautiful hills just outside Puerto Galera in Mindoro recently sent me an email to say she would be exhibiting their unique painted coconut shells at the Saturday Art Fair and I must admit, I was intrigued by the ideaâ€¦
Bernadette and Michael are the folks behind Nut-ART and they had several dozen original paintings done inside dried coconut shells or ba-o. Many of their subjects are sea creatures, shells, scenes, etc. They had a series on starfish, fish, shells, etc. that were really very interesting. Each piece is hand painted and crafted and numbered and recorded! I gather Bernadette was once a childrenâ€™s book illustrator and her pieces are lively, colorful, vibrant and definitely unique! Using the ba-o rather than a canvas or wood is clever and these would certainly make a neat remembrance of a trip to Puerto Galera! The Kid picked out this turtle swimming in the blue sea (note the smile on its face). Prices ranged from PHP800 to PHP2,000, depending on the size and complexity of the work. If you are interested, please contact the artists Bernadette & Michael at MBW.VPH@gmail.com or 63-43-442-1778. I understand you can even have your own coconut shell commissioned by them!