Female artists honored at Consulate
TORONTO–Female representatives of the Philippine Artists Group of Canada, Nelia Tonido and Michelle Chermaine Ramos, attended the Philippine Consulate’s Women’s Month celebration in Toronto on Friday, March 28th 2014. Consul General Junever Mahilum-West, an honorary PAG member herself, hosted the event to acknowledge the contributions of female achievers in various areas of the community including the arts, media, education, charity and politics.
Nelia Tonido, who was honored as the first female member of the Philippine Artists Group of Canada, was among the selected notable speakers that evening. She delivered an inspirational speech on her success in a male dominated professional arts industry. “In our group, female members are always outnumbered, but never out powered. Being a woman artist gives me more freedom on subjects that call to me.” Her versatility has allowed her to apply her creativity beyond the canvas. Besides her mastery of watercolor painting, her artistic genius also extends to her career as an architect and award-winning professional wedding cake designer. Nelia and her husband Frank Tonido who is also a professional artist and fellow member of the Philippine Artists Group of Canada conduct private art lessons in their home studio in Mississauga.