A beautiful fusion of two distinct art forms that left visitors

Winford Hunter

The Gateway Gallery’s “Coming to Fore” exhibit has concluded, but its impact lingers on in the minds of those who were able to behold the stunning display of ingenuity and artistry. Romina Batino-Stiffler and Mierro Castrillo’s masterpieces captured the essence of their respective crafts and brought them to the forefront of contemporary art. The exhibition was a testament to the transformative power of creativity, leaving a lasting impression on all who experienced it.

Mierro Castrillo and Romina Batino during the Artists Reception at the Gateway Gallery, Araneta City, Quezon City

Romina, an artist who found her passion for art at the age of 50, is a firm believer that our interests and fascinations are linked to our true purpose. She inspires others to explore their artistic abilities and take risks to follow their dreams fearlessly. Some of Romina’s works that has captured attention is her carwash series. Interestingly, Romina reveals that the stunning images are actually photographs of her window during a carwash. Her innovative approach to art and eye for capturing beauty in unexpected places has won her the admiration of many. Romina’s works will be featured in January 2024 as the highlight artist of the month at the Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren, Ohio, and those interested in learning more about her artwork and contacting her can visit roamingromina.art.

Come to Fore

Artists Nixxio Castrillo, Ovvian Castrillo-Hill and Mierro Castrillo with their mother Mrs. Rosa Anna Castrillo and their families

The exhibit likewise featured a remarkable display of sculptures by Mierro Castrillo, a talented sculptor who imbues his personal history and growth into every piece he creates. Visitors were quick to notice the subtle nuances in his works and showered him with positive feedback, a gesture that Mierro was deeply appreciative of. With hopes of inspiring and provoking thought in his audience, Mierro strives to continue exploring the diversity of his talent and creating larger, more unified sculptures that are uniquely his own. Those interested in viewing more of Mierro’s works or contacting him can visit the Castrillo Legacy Art Studio Inc. Facebook page.

Castrillo’s Sculpture “Nung Sang Sabado” and Batino’s photograph, “Urban”

“Coming to Fore” was a beautiful fusion of two distinct art forms that left visitors in awe. The exhibit was a celebration of the talents of both artists and their unique ability to bring to the fore the magic hidden within everything. Batino’s lens and Castrillo’s sculptures offered visitors a chance to view the world through fresh eyes, encouraging them to seek inspiration in the overlooked and ordinary.

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The artists of Coming to Fore with their mothers, Rosario Batino and Rosa Anna Castrillo

The exhibit ran from March 18 to April 2, 2023, at the Gateway Gallery in Araneta City, Cubao, Quezon City. The artists extend their sincerest gratitude to all who attended and experienced the magic of “Coming to Fore.”


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