Cultural Artist to begin Art Exhibition at Bay Area Art Gallery

Back in October, Suku, New Sun Artistry’s Christine Balza successfully raised funds for her very first art show with the help of many generous backers through her kickstarter project. Linen Life Gallery is proud to present Baybayin artist, Christine Balza this month at their venue.  The reception will be held on January 23, 2011 at 6 – 9 pm at, 770 East Fourteenth Street Downtown San Leandro, CA and is free and open to the public.

Christine Balza’s mixed media on canvas, ceramic, and jewelry, amongst others, expresses her Filipino-American experiences.  Inspired by a long, lost script, Baybayin, Christine brings ancient expressions forward to modern day.

Baybayin script is a writing system not actively used since the 1800’s.  The pre-Spanish symbols were used for commerce, a means of messaging neighboring villages of current events and can be dated as far back as 900ad.  Baybayin lost favor to Roman alphabet and eventually was considered obsolete.  Christine Balza use of art to awaken others curiosity to little known cultural traditions and follows up with workshops and seminars (TBA) on the basic use of Baybayin.  She has been interviewed by Sharon Chin of CBS-5 and Henni Espinosa of Balitang America, TFC

Balza’s work has been published online and in print in the Tayo Literary Magazine September 2010 issue. She is also  featured in a documentary film on Baybayin Script in 2011.

*Biography and photographs of Christine Balza and her art work are available upon request.  suku-art.com

Linen Life Gallery is located 770 East Fourteenth Street Downtown San Leandro, CA and has been nominated for a “Shine a Light Award.”  Owner, Darrell F. Robinson has relocated the gallery from Emeryville, CA to its current address.www.thelinenlifegallery.com

Christine Balza of Dublin, CA is available for interview.  Please contact email suku@suku-art.com

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