A tour of La Mesa Dam Environmental Museum & Art Gallery

La Mesa Dam Environmental Museum and Art Gallery, Fairview- Quezon City-Philippines

This is not my first time to visit La Mesa Dam, I have been to the area almost every year due to several environmental projects from tree planting , clean-up , team building , orchid re-introduction  , plant exchanges , swap meet, eyeball ,  plant identification, bird watching  among other  projects.  But this will be my first time to blog about the place.  It was May 1, 2013 when Philippine Hoya Conservation Group decided to hold its swap meet, lecture, eyeball in this park, As posted in my previous entries . Most of the members are from Fairview and Quezon City area, so the eco-park was chosen .

entrance to the La Mesa Environmental Museum

To sustain the Save La Mesa Watershed Project, Bantay Kalikasan, in partnership with the MWSS and the Q.C. Government, rehabilitated and renovated a 33 hectare public park located right outside the natural boundaries of the watershed and 40 meters below the reservoir. In September 2004, it was renamed La Mesa Eco-park and reopened to the public. All income generated by the park  is utilized for the continuous preservation and protection of  the watershed.

paintings and tree replicas

Museum and Gallery

a topographical map of La Mesa Watershed

I took a short side trip to the environmental museum and gladly saw an ongoing art exhibition within the museum.

stages of water filtration system

water may be treated differently in different communities depending on the quality of the water which enters the plant. Groundwater is water located under ground and typically requires less treatment than water from lakes, rivers, and streams.

art painting from different artists

Art Display

There is an ongoing art display at the museum which the public can buy art pieces from oil paintings,  charcoal sketches, pastel paintings among others with various theme ranging from plants, environmental , abstract to surreal .

Mr. Mark Hernandez

I was met by Mr. Mark Hernandez ( art curator of the exhibit)  – He is a graduate from University of the East , Manila and had no background in painting.  But the passion of drawing and painting may have come from his immediate family members who are artists . Mr. Hernandez works vary from  modern contemporary , dadaism, surrealism and automatism . He also had a collaboration with  Filvas Gallery which is located in 86 Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines View Map 

       Filvas Art Gallery

     Phone: +63(2)3850683

Mr. Mark Hernandez

Mobile (0939-7698279)

La Mesa Dam Watershed

GENERAL OPERATING HOURS: 8am to 5pm daily
Open daily including holidays.
Closed on the 25th December and the 31st December.
Park may be closed without prior notice due to severe inclement weather.

Park Admission Rates
Persons above 3-feet P50
3-feet & below Free
QC Residents (w/ valid proof of residence) P40
QC Students (w/ valid ID) P20
QC Senior Citizens (w/ valid ID) FREE
Non-QC Senior Citizens P40

For Inquiries and reservations, contact
(02) 430-4051
(02) 430-5207 (telefax)
Lamesaecopark@abs-cbn.com

ABS-CBN foundation : http://www.abs-cbnfoundation.com/bk/lamesa-ecopark.html

Bantay Kalikasan: http://www.bantaykalikasan.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abscbnfoundationkapamilya

Jon Pettyjohn Pottery

Jon Petty john Pottery

This pottery factory is unique in Laguna,  Southern Luzon.  It’s creative designs and award winning potteries earned its distinction worldwide as being innovative and modern design . Jon Petty lives and works together with his wife (artist potter Tessy ).

He has spent many years in the Philippines experimenting with, learning about and sometimes teaching pottery.

short demonstration of pottery making

According to Mr. Petty , they have been working for over 35 years, concentrating on the traditional Asian techniques of high fire stoneware and porcelain, with the use of many Philippine indigenous raw materials, such as volcanic ash and local clays.

Jon is of Filipino -American descent. He has learned his craft in Barcelona, Spain, where he started out as an apprentice at a small studio. His work is almost “one of a kind” or extremely limited editions. Jon makes traditional functional pottery.

Mr. Petty john has had numerous one man shows and participated in trade fairs  like Manila International F.A.M.E , as well taking part in exhibits and workshops in Japan, Korea, Spain, Taiwan  and the United States. He is also the President and founding member of The Putik Association of Philippine Potters.

Each vase sold on FilArts.com is individually handmade and signed by Mr. Pettyjohn.

home gallery with hand-made vases

His two story house had an interesting gallery where his unique works of arts are displayed and sold.  Some of the items are his personal collection . Wide verandas and window characterized his home which is adapted to the tropical weather. High ceilings allows air circulation to come inside his home.

Some of the materials used in his pottery are imported from other countries. He explained that there are different types of clays found in the country. Some are ideal for ceramics  while some are used for their natural colors.

He gladly shown the tour group his own version of a kiln and a large dragon kiln which is used for firing his clay.

workshop with kiln for firing clay

A short demonstration followed and he accommodated the tour group.

Petty johns expressed that they are not able to receive walk-in visitors at their home . Appointments must be made prior hand  , However in the case of our group , a special arrangement was made !  Thus, navigational data is not provided for this way-point. He is very wary of designers who copy his designs and then mass produced them at a lower price . Most of his unique one of a kind potteries and other wares are available at Level 3 , Glorietta IV , Makati City.

Their workshop had in interesting garden with a lot of native orchids, begonias, ferns , ginger plants and large trees.

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