True to Life

Behind the Scenes: Launching #Kalsada

4 weeks ago by Solenn

Hi, guys! In case you didn’t know, my second art exhibit, Kalsada, is available for everybody to see for free at the Provenance Art Gallery in Shangri-La at the Fort until November 5.

So after more than a year of painting and collaborating with my three-year-old nephew, Kaeden, Kalsada finally launched last October 19. During the first day of the exhibit, I wanted the entire experience to be like as if all of us were in the streets. With Globe and #ThePlan, we put together a sari-sari store where craft cocktail drinks inspired by our favorite childhood drinks were served. My brother created a bunch of fun things to drink, like Milo Dinosaur with Whiskey. Lol.

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We served dirty ice cream (my favorite, seriously) and taho, and the taho vendor also wore one of the LAHI jackets that I collaborated on with my sister Vanessa and Mia Arcenas.

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The DJ’s setup was a bunch of boxes and tires, and from time to time, he surprised people by suddenly playing ambient noise like buses and jeeps honking and kids running on the street.

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Just in case you can’t tell from my huge smiles in the pics, I am so happy to finally share a passion project that I’ve been working on for so long. I’m also thankful to everyone who went out of their way to go and actually stay and experience the paintings. Thanks to all of you, we had a full house.

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I really felt very passionate about working on Kalsada with Kaeden. I’ll be serious for like two seconds and say that I super believe that our children are our future and if we want make this world a better place, we need to start teaching them how to be helpful and generous and kind. Kalsada is my way of helping Kaeden help others as young as he is, and to show him how to appreciate the simple joys in life.

This is why Kaeden and I will be donating 20% of the sales of the paintings to Kalipay Foundation, which helps street kids. Please check them out and see how you can also help by clicking the link. 🙂

And if you are wondering what’s next from me, my art journey is definitely far from over. I’m excited for what’s to come, like going around the Philippines and doing art sessions with kids.

In the meantime, you can relive the night that Kalsada launched by going through the gallery below!

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