New art exhibit at Tumon Sands Plaza


An exhibit titled rock/you by local artist, songwriter, poet, veteran, and former teacher Merc Tenorio is open at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery at the Tumon Sands Plaza. 

rock/you includes Merc’s compilation of paintings of rocks, each invoking its own feeling to the viewer. 

Merc says she prefers her art showing how she feels rather than saying how she feels herself. 

PNC sits down with Merc and she talks about some of the pieces in her exhibition. 

She says, “Each work expresses something and comes from somewhere. So each work’s impact on me, whatever that is, might be different from the other. For example, in my painting called The Climb, I attempt to show the feeling of hope, of being sanguine about my circumstances. Then there’s my painting called When Stones Don’t Roll, which conveys the feeling of surrender. But both paintings express in the same capacity.” 

We also ask her about what inspires her work, she says, “ I believe that art, in the truest sense of the word, is a creative expression of beauty that inspires, delights, and being a thing of beauty, also beautifies.” 

When asked about what’s next for Merc, she wants to have her poetry published, have a song written and performed, and more exhibitions or collaborations with other artists. 

Check out the rock/you exhibition at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery at the Tumon Sands Plaza open until November 29, from 10 am to 8 pm. Individuals interested in purchasing any artwork can contact Dawn at

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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.