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Talented 19-Year-Old With Autism Has Her Own Solo Exhibit
PHOTO BY Provided by the Center for Possibilities Foundation
  • Looking for some inspiration for your kids? On January 28 at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City, the Center for Possibilities Foundation (CFP) is staging an exhibit that features 40 artworks of Samantha Kaspar, a 19-year old with autism. She is also one of eight special needs artists who will fly to New York for the World Autism Day in April. 

    On April 7, the group of artists will attend a fashion show organized by the Autism Hearts Foundation where their art will be transformed into designs for the runway. Proceeds from Samantha’s auction from her exhibit here will be used to fund her trip. 

    “Samantha uses a wide variety of media for her work, and we wanted to show the gamut of her abilities,” says Mitzi, Samantha’s mom. Woven silk from pineapple fibers, or piña seda, is Samantha’s primary medium. Some of her paintings in the exhibit and on auction will be on piña seda made into shawls -- the option to display them or wear them is up to you. When not working on the coveted Filipino textile, she opts for canvas and acrylic paint, explains Mitzi. 


    Her painting of the Banaue Rice Rice Terraces (top) is on piña seda while the painting of a Japanese woman (above) is on canvas. 

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    As evident on her artworks, the half-Swiss is often inspired by Filipino culture. Aside from Philippine sceneries, she also has paintings on the Filipino earthen pot (or baul) and the Maya bird. Other than that, Mitzi says the artworks have varied themes. “Now, she’s working on an artwork featuring the view outside her window.” 

    Here's a photo of Samantha at work with her coach Kenn Sioson by her side. 

    Diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when she was 1-and-a-half years old, Samantha has since grown to be a young lady gifted in the arts. With Fashion Arts Autism Benefit (FAAB), a project by Autism Hearts Philippines, Samantha has been able to showcase her talents to an audience. She has been featured in the fundraiser event Chefs, Arts and Hearts, organized by FAAB, where her all artworks on display were bought. Multi-talented, she also earned a standing ovation for a singing performance during the fundraiser. 

    After the opening of Samantha on January 28 at 5:30 p.m.,  there will be a concert by Manila Symphony Orchestra entitled Soundtracks and Symphonies. The concert is for the benefit of Special Education (SPED) centers that the Center for Possibilities has established. Operated by a teacher trained in the SPED division of Reach International School, each SPED Center offers free enrollment to financially challenged indigent families with a special needs child. The concert will be conducted by Arturo Molina and annotated by Jeffrey Solares. Included in their repertoire is a John Williams tribute as well as pieces from Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.

    To know more about the exhibit and the concert, you may reach CFP at 723.1242 / 0918.888.1759. Visit its website here.

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