“Alternate Realities” Art Exhibit Opens its Doors to the Public

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Over the weekend, a new exhibit titled “Alternate Realities” opened up at the Tumon Sands Plaza. The exhibit includes work themed around Guam legends and Halloween-inspired paintings, sculptures, and illustrations. There were 25 artists in this exhibit and more than 80 pieces.

Dawn Lees-Reyes, the owner of the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery, told PNC about her inspiration behind the theme.

Lees-Reyes said, “I came up with the idea with kind of a nod towards Halloween, but I didn’t want a lot of Halloween–pumpkin kind of things. I wanted artists to think about what it is in their life is different, like ghost stories, perhaps some of the legends of Guam. Some of them are ghosty kinds of things. And you know, just a different way of looking at the world that we live in, so alternate realities.”

Bringing in work from the land down under, Robin Hulsman–an Australian-based artist, Gave PNC details on his art, which is a form of abstract expressionism.

Hulsman said, “This piece is from a bit of time in Japan, that other piece is from a little bit of time in Australia. So it’s a little bit going on there. But it’s all expressionism so it’s all emotion.”

He added, “So this one took the most amount of time, it’s got 42 layers and it’s taken about a month and a half to do so, a bit of waiting time between each layer. The most emotional is probably the small one, that’s got a lot in it.”

The Alternate Realities exhibit will be ongoing until October 31st at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery located in the Tumon Sands Plaza, 10 am – 8 pm.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork in the exhibit, you can email Dawn at dawnleesreyes@gmail.com.

Reach reporter Jannette Samson: jannette@spbguam.com

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.