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Pinoy chosen to judge top-ranked art show in US

Chicago, IL (25 September) -- On its 36th season, one of the top ranked arts fair in America, Art in the Barn, selects prominent Fil-Am artist Fred DeAsis to judge the prestigious juried arts fair on September 25-26, in Barrington, Illinois.

Art in the Barn began in 1974 when a group of ten women and local artists met to develop a quality art event for the Barrington area. What began as an art show with 30 artists and 1,500 attendees has grown to one of the most unique and finest art festivals in the Chicago area with 180 artists exhibiting their work. Last year, over 7,500 people from surrounding communities as well as surrounding states attended Art in the Barn where they enjoyed not only the exhibition and sale of fine art, but also music and entertainments.

"Mr. DeAsis continuously proven Filipino's ability to excel with other top artists here in America. He is well respected and admired in the art community for his ability, fair and keen artistic judgment. His activities boost fellow Filipino artist abroad. He gives back a lot to the Filipino community. He is an inspiration." said Mario Santamaria, a Fil-Am senior under grad student of the highly respected School of Arts Institute of Chicago.

DeAsis is the chairman of the Asian American Arts and Culture Foundation, an arts and culture adviser of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation, Arts Commissioner, and the chief executive of "Kut-kut: Lost Art of the Philippines" traveling cultural art exhibit. He maintains art studios in New York, Arlington Heights and Chicago. He is known in the art community for his heavily textured acrylic impasto and the ancient kut-kut art techniques. He conducts free kut-kut art, saranggola and parol workshops. The cultural events are especially aimed for the young Filipinos in America to preserve and promote Filipino culture.

"Art in the Barn is open to artists on a national and international level," said Sherry Tomasko, co-chairwoman of the Art in the Barn artist committee. "Early summer a jury of art specialists has selected more than 180 artists who will offer original fine art in a variety of media including acrylic, ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil, pastels, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. All of the art is conceived and created by the artist, a requirement to be considered for the show."

Fred DeAsis aims to promote the Philippine art and culture to mainstream America. In April, he was the guest Artist/Speaker in Salisbury School's Global Awareness Program in Maryland and conducted a Philippine ancient art cultural workshop and lecture in Boston College. He will be offering cultural workshops during the Filipino American History Month in October. More photos and current activities on and his Facebook account.

Art in the Barn has generated more than $2.5 million dollars for Good Shepherd Hospital. The hospital mission is to serve the health needs of individuals, families and communities through a holistic philosophy rooted in our fundamental understanding of human beings as created in the image of God. (Media Source Phil-Am Netrworks) [top]

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