Local Artist Hosts Solo Exhibition at Tumon Sands Plaza


The exhibit titled A Colorful Human Reaction by local artist Aja Reyes is new at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery located at the Tumon Sands Plaza.

In an interview with PNC, Reyes gave details on what inspires her when creating her art.

She said, “People’s reactions. People’s impact and effect on current events. Environmental issues, emotions, memories, the landscape. So everything around me and how I process. All of this. And everything I’m observing.”

Among her paintings, Reyes shares with PNC the meaning behind one of them titled, Fu’una & Puntan–inspired by a CHamoru creation story of two siblings and abstract expressionism.

She told PNC, “Let’s start with this one. Because this was one of the first pieces before I was asked to do the exhibit. I was thinking of the creation story–Fu’una and her brother Puntan. I like the idea of the siblings– whether it’s a best friend or biological sibling or it’s that connection to the other person. So I have this in a very diffused brushstroke.”

The Lees-Reyes Art Gallery is funded by the Flame Tree Freedom Center, a non-profit organization whose main goal is to rehabilitate individuals with disabilities, help them obtain employment and at the same time, support the arts. You can visit their website at ftfcinc.com.

A Colorful Human Reaction will be ongoing from now till Aug. 30 from 10 am to 8 pm and is located at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery, 2nd floor of the Tumon Sands Plaza.

For more information, or if individuals are interested in purchasing any artwork, contact 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.