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True Colors Art Exhibit

Art teaches…heals…amazes. Then, be prepared to be amazed when a circle of exceptional, young artists show their works in the True Colors Art Exhibit, hosted by Vico’s Artism Gallery from July 20 to 26.

Participating are students and alumni of Shine Intervention Center, Independent Living Learning Center (ILLC), Angel’s Montessori and Mother Goose, who despite being born with Autism, ADHD and deafness, have managed to express themselves through the visual medium. Leading the group is Shine’s Vico Cham, 27, an accomplished veteran of several exhibits. Joining him are Matthew Aragon, Reyjon Bea, Miguel Calapatia, Diego Castillo, Jon Jon de Guzman, Chico Joaquin, Mika Ong, Joaquin Panaligan, Ali Padolina, Muneer Pena, Benedict Quintela, Ynigo Ramos, Daniel Sanchez, Nathan Sanchez, Moriah Sacdalan and Keith Sy.

Bunny G. Joaquin, founding president of Shine, explains why art is a powerful tool in helping special children to communicate. “Art therapy is a natural fit for autism because verbal language and self-expression is often difficult. It offers a way for people who have trouble with words to express themselves directly without words.

“People with autism are often highly visual thinkers, and expressing feelings and ideas through images is very natural for them…Art therapy is a unique form of treatment for autism as it channels autistic behaviors into an expressive, creative outlet. It promotes communication, emotional growth and sensory integration, fostering social interaction in a fun setting.”

True Colors, organized by Vico’s Artism Gallery, will run from July 20 to 26, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Ayala Malls, the 30th, ground floor, Meralco Ave., Pasig.

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