I don’t think celebrating the first solo exhibit of a friend, one that she worked on for months, should be considered insensitive. Helena Alegre’s Bulawan featured her handcrafted jewelry—-intricately-fashioned insects and tiny creatures made of silver filigree, fastened on semi-precious stones.
Mentored by the masters in Paracale, a mining province in Camarines Norte renowned for its silver and gold jewelry, Helena says, “I want to help providr jobs to the goldsmiths…this is my advocacy.”
She credits Tiny Nuyda, Celia Montano, and Ed Castrillo as artists who have inspired her.
She is married to painter Hermes Alegre, another font of inspiration and frustration (haha). They have three beautiful—-no exaggeration—-BEAUTIFUL children.
Check out the exquisite sculptural jewelry of this multi-talented (she was a bayanihan dancer way back, and draws and paints as well) woman at Artes Orientes, 2nd floor Serendra bldg, BGC.
(Clockwise from upper left corner to center: ‘bayawak’—i am mini bayawak, Hermes is big bayawak; Helena and me; babaylan priestess; … uh di ko na alam ang liit ng thumbnail, di ko ma-identify hahaha, but that’s a deerhorn there and the box made of acacia is how each privileged owner of her one-of-a-kind pieces will receive his or her artwork).
Congrats my friend! So proud of you!:)