HEART OF CENTRAL LUZON. Kapampangan artist and impressionist painter Ramil Tumampos’ art is part of LausGroup’s “HeART of Central Luzon” in selected LGC dealerships. (Contributed photo)

THE LausGroup of Companies (LGC), one of the largest and fastest-growing multi-brand automotive networks in the country, kicked off the holidays with the launch of the “HeART of Central Luzon,” an art initiative showcasing the vibrant Kapampangan culture and craftsmanship featuring some of the region’s award-winning and up-and-coming local artists.

In a virtual launch recently, the LausGroup simultaneously launched mini pop-up art exhibits in different LausGroup car and motorcycle dealerships across Pampanga, as part of its efforts to support local artisans and provide a venue for them to display their unique artworks, also connecting the artists to LGC’s high-profile clientele.

Among the artists featured in the first leg of the HeART of Central Luzon include Impressionist painter Ramil Tumampos, copper Bonsai artist Fernando “Andy” Bondoc, visual artist and architect Marinel Timoteo Tungol, Transparent Cubist painter Eliseo Perreras Jr., multi-awarded abstract painter Jojoy Zabala, award-winning artist Edgar Nucum, acrylic painter Ramcos Nulud, and abstract artist Francis Eliezer Garzon.

Meanwhile, the second leg of the HeART of Central Luzon features a new batch of artists, such as acrylic artist Einstein David, traditional artist Joseph Stacy Keach, Modern Contemporary artist Richard Sy, mixed media artist and sculptor Arnel David Garcia, Hyperrealist painter Edu Perrera, multi-awarded artist Alvin Dungca, and Figurative Impressionist artist Andy Ramos.

Apart from the pop-up art displays, those dining in at restaurants in the LausGroup Complex will also be entertained with live music every weekend with homegrown singers to serenade the patrons of the restaurants while still maintaining health and safety protocols.

During the inauguration of the art showcase, Laus Group of Companies CEO Lisset Laus-Velasco said: “The art scene is able to thrive during this time. The LausGroup wishes to honor the artist who may have been affected by the pandemic— and through this project we’ll be able to showcase the works of the talented artists and craftsmen of Central Luzon.”

Echoing Laus-Velasco, Laus Group of Companies President Paul Laus shared, “During these trying times, it’s refreshing to see your work inspire all of us, especially the LausGroup and the whole community.”

The HeART of Central Luzon exhibit will run from October 1 until December 5, 2021. Interested art patrons and enthusiasts are welcome to visit select LausGroup car and motorcycle dealerships across Pampanga to see the various artworks in person, under limited capacity in compliance with local health and safety protocols. To get the full list of venues for the art exhibits, as well as the schedule of the artists, you may visit LausGroup Complex Facebook Page.