Orlando Silva, Arc of Greensboro to unveil work at Studio B

by Keith Barber

‘Waterlily #1’ by Orlando Silva

By its very nature, art is collaborative. When talented artists unite for a common cause, the result can be magical. On Friday, May 7, Studio B at the Broach will host its First Friday Art Crawl by featuring the work of Panamanian artist Orlando Silva and several pieces from the Arc of Greensboro’s Beyond the Canvas program. Silva, a Greensboro resident, will present a number of his digital and acrylic abstract art pieces such as “Mosaico” and “Waterlily,” as a vehicle to raise funds for the Arc of Greensboro.

“We are thrilled to work alongside Orlando as he helps the Arc of Greensboro gain momentum in working with other successful artists,” said Ruth Edwards, executive director of the Arc of Greensboro.

“Finding the beauty in the ordinary is a lesson that art teaches all of us.”

Silva has agreed to donate three of his original pieces to the Beyond the Canvas. The works will be raffled off during the Art Crawl. Raffle tickets are $5 with all proceeds going to the Arc of Greensboro.

For more than half a century, the Arc of Greensboro has served those with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc collaborates with the Guilford County school system, area family support networks and other community groups on public education and outreach projects such as Beyond the Canvas.

“I believe that people appreciate beautiful things, whether consciously or subconsciously,” Silva said in a statement. “I also believe pleasures are based on instinctive interpretations. We all appreciate colors, forms, textures, sounds, movements and smells in our own way. I search for these beautiful things and interpret them through my art.”

Silva said he creates his digital and abstract art with Panama’s natural beauty as his muse. The vivid colors of Panama’s landscape are a hallmark of Silva’s artwork.

Studio B owner Allen Broach said the influence of Panama on Silva’s work comes through with each piece.

“Growing up in a multiracial nation surrounded by international craftsman and cultures can be seen throughout his work and serves as a real inspiration to the art community in Greensboro and beyond,” Broach said.

“My art is an interpretation, a process, an evolution,” Silva states on his website.

“As an analytical person who critiques ordinary objects, Silva tries to understand and view things with a simplified beauty,” the artist’s website reads. “He strives to apply this way of thinking to his daily life in dealing with work, family or friends.”

Principally a digital and abstract artist, Silva, who moved to Greensboro in 2005, also works with wood, metal, glass, acrylic and oil paints. The First Friday Art Crawl runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 7. Local musician Marta Richardson will entertain arts patrons with her five-string electric violin during the event.

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Studio B 520 S. Elm St. downtown Greensboro.