La Habra Mayor, Michael Blazey Graces Light and Shadow Photo Exhibit Closing Reception


ls_rc_mb     The La Habra Art Gallery hosted the closing reception of the Light and Shadow Photo Exhibit on Sunday, April 19, 2015.    La Habra Mayor, Michael Blazey stopped by to view the exhibit, congratulate the show curators, meet the participating photographers and still managed to pose for pictures  in his brief stay.   Also in attendance were Council Member Rose Espinoza, La Habra Area, Chamber of Commerce President and representatives,  Mark Sturdevant, Marie Laveaga, and Skarleth Sauceda, respectively.

The Keynote Speaker Regeanie Corona, expressed her gratitude and the honor of being invited to be the speaker for the night.  She expressed that events like these should be encouraged as they help promote art which she believes is integral in creating vibrant and sustaining  healthy communities. Ms. Corona is currently involved in developing the City of La Habra  Marketing and Strategic Plan.

Ms. Espinoza was impressed to see the world through the eyes of the photographers.  She posed the question “Why did you take that picture at that particular moment?” to the photographers.

The La Habra Art Association President, Mary Schultz, also took the floor and spoke of how happy and grateful the Association is for being the chosen venue of a diverse and beautiful collection of photographs.  She issued the Certificates of Appreciation to the participating photographers, sponsors, guest speakers, performers, and the show curator.

Mark Sturdevant expressed how we need more champions like Luz Spanks, the Show Curator, to take art to center stage in the community.

The show co-curator, Nimfa Rueda, a journalist of major newspapers,  expressed thanks for being given the chance to curate the works of top Los Angeles photographer most of which were members and officers of F7 Photo Club, National Union of the Journalists of the Philippines, US Chapter, and the Southern California Press Club.  The photographers took the stage and answered the question posed by Ms. Espinoza on the question “Why did you take that picture?”

The exhibit title “Light and Shadow” was inspired by the things that create a photograph which are basically the combination of light and shadows, much like life, a series of contrasts.  The photographers spoke about the stories and the inspiration behind the photographs.

Romeo Balboa whose love for photography has given him the need to travel around the world.  One of his travels, amidst harsh weather conditions, climbed the highest mountain to take a picture of the “Glacier in Mt. Kilimanjaro”.  “When I reached the top, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to come back again so I took a picture.  It is so surreal to see the magnificent view from the mountain top personally and take a photograph of this rare opportunity.”

Nikki Arriola took pictures of homeless people along streets and pavements of the LA City Hall – a testament of realities of the ironies and contrasts in life –“The picture depicts the powerful and the powerless. LA City Hall shows the powerful, the homeless shows the powerless”.

Benny Uy, announced that his lone entry at the exhibit “Downtown L.A. at 6:22 a.m.” generated $1,350 part of the proceeds of which will go to the benefit of the educational needs of the slain journalists. The show generated a total of $2,100 in sales.  He expressed gratitude to all who participated in the bidding and also to those who gave cash contributions for the cause.  This is one of the occasions that Fil-Am media professionals in Los Angeles came together to show support for and solidarity with Philippine-based colleagues who needed help.

After the program, the guests helped themselves with food from one of the show sponsors, Mel’s Chibugan, wine and desserts provided by Lisa Suttle, Crave, and donors. The guests were entertained by the musical talents of Mat Relox , Mon Concepcion, Vic Lelis, Jayke Reyes, Rey and Jess, Joy Marivic, and Gabe Real.

What started as a photo exhibit at the Gallery has become a travelling exhibit, after La Habra, the group will be exhibiting at the Cerritos Library, and the City of Carson.  They will hopefully return to La Habra for what promises to be another spectacular winter exhibit.


Participating Photographers – Nikki Arriola, Rudy Autor, Romy Balboa, Joe Cobilla, Jess Espanola, Robert Gamo, Rick Gavino, Vics Magsaysay, Philip Ner, Jerry Ubaldo, Art Ramos, Benny Uy.  Andy Edralin and Marc Pijuan

Thank you to all of the sponsors Fiesta Fastfood, Gharland Gozon, Goodah!!! Express, Leelin Bakery & Café, Mel’s Chibugan, My Mom’s Bakery & Restaurant, Kusina Filipina, Pen Homes, Shakley

Other Musical Performers  – Malou Tudor, and Florante de Leon

 Upcoming Events

May 2 at 6 p.m. Opening Reception of the Tuesday Painters Spring Art Show sponsored by Jersey Mike’s Subs

May 2 &3, 12:00 – 5:00 During the Citrus Fair,  Collaborative Wall Art Activity

Month of June, – Animal Affair Exhibit

Month of July  – Very Special Arts Exhibit and host the Special Olympics athletes

Month of September  – This year marks the 60th year for the La Habra Art Association which will be celebrated in the month of September.  Please pick up a form if you want to volunteer in planning the 60th year anniversary which will start on September 5 and culminate on Sept 26 with a lunch reception.

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