Artist Sheila Marie Basio's newest exhibit in Bacolod shines a spotlight on Mental Health

June 13, 2024 – Alike Editorial

The importance of mental health regardless of age cannot be undermined. With summer kicking-in, students who are on vacation from school have less to do. As such, they should have productive activities to keep them busy and constantly hone their minds to prevent them from getting bored. Licensed psychologist Heather Lyons, Ph.D. points out that “prolonged stretches of boredom can lead to higher stress levels. Chronic boredom can increase your risk factors for mental health issues, leading to negative thinking patterns, impulsivity, and self-destructive behaviors.”

The Tales of the Psyche: Navigating Our Mental Odyssey is the newest exhibit at the Art Cove, Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod’s built-in art space. This is the eighth installation of the gallery, featuring the works of Ms. Sheila Marie Basio, marking her third solo exhibition. Ms. Basio hails from the city of Escalante, Negros Occidental. She is a retired teacher, meditator, yogini, and an active mindfulness advocate. Her works represent her battles with mental illness, self-empowerment, and choosing life over defeat. “Art has always been a medium for expression, and through these works, I have attempted to capture the complexities, struggles, and triumphs associated with mental health. Each piece tells a story—sometimes of despair, sometimes of hope, but always of resilience,” said Ms. Basio.

From Left to Right: Art Association of Bacolod–Negros Treasurer Patty Jane Ku Ong; Tales of the Psyche Artist Ms. Sheila Marie Basio; co-owner of Orange Project and contemporary visual artist Charlie Co; local freelance screenwriter and film production designer Margaret "Kath" Baynosa; and writer and artist Chrysee Samillano.

Her artworks address mental health as a topic that touches everyone, whether directly or indirectly, and she hopes this exhibition sparks conversations, evokes empathy, and offers solace to those who might be struggling in silence. 

"Here at Art Cove, we consider ourselves privileged to host such a profound and timely exhibit. In an age where the importance of mental health cannot be overstated, through Ms. Sheila's art, we are encouraged to appreciate beauty and embrace the full range of our shared human experience," said Archie Javellana, Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod’s Rooms Division Manager.

The ribbon-cutting last June 5 was led by the Tales of the Psyche artist, Ms. Sheila Marie Basio, with honorable guests Art Association of Bacolod–Negros Treasurer Patty Jane Ku Ong, City Councilor of Victorias Hon. Joji Larraga, and was assisted by Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod's Rooms Division Manager, Mr. Archie Javellana. The exhibit was also graced by the presence of Mr. Charlie Co, co-owner of Orange Project and a Filipino contemporary visual artist known for works with a strong socio-realist theme. 

From Left to Right: Tales of the Psyche exhibit ribbon cutting led and facilitated by Art Association of Bacolod–Negros Treasurer Patty Jane Ku Ong; Tales of the Psyche Artist Sheila Marie Basio; City Councilor of Victorias Hon. Joji Larraga; and Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod Rooms Division Manager Archie Javellana.

Tales of the Psyche will run until September 7, 2024. For inquiries and artwork purchases, guests may visit the hotel's front desk or call +63 34 706 888.

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