On Tuesday afternoon, was officially opened the Collective Exhibition at the Museum Pedro Gilabert of Arboleas, where until next September 10, visitors can enjoy the work of regional artists, Pedro Gilabert Bonillo – son of the sculptor who gave his name to the museum, and Diego Simón López, whose roots are in the towns of Líjar and Cantoria.
Sculptures in olive wood and ceramics; because “the olive wood is a precious wood, the only one that is not chopped”, agreed both artists.
It is disturbing to think how a dry tree becomes a sculpture full of life whose meaning transcends the author. Religious images, animal fables, the Venus de Milo or the Generalife, for forty days will inhabit a museum that comes to life.
The Collective Exhibition can be visited on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Pedro Gilabert Bonillo, began working with wood after retiring at the age of 58. Today, at 80 years old, after having started working in a makeshift workshop under a tree, he only wants his father, wherever he is, “to feel proud of his son’s work”.
The story of Diego Simón, who was born in Líjar 75 years ago and grew up in Piedra Amarilla, is the story of a marble worker who “left the marble and I have been perfecting my skills in woodworking and ceramics”. He went to do his military service in Valencia, where he currently lives.
The presentation of the event was in charge of the Councillor for Tourism, Antonio José Martínez García, along with councilors of the current corporation.
People from the artistic and cultural field of the region and neighbors in general, attended the exhibition that aims to recover one of the few exhibition spaces in the area.