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Technology, Art and Community
Mark Lopez finds solace
and opportunity in art
Since immigrating to Canada from the Philippines, Mark Lopez has not
only established a rewarding career in engineering technology, he's
authored a children's book, and shown his art at local galleries.
In 2017, he published The Boy and the Lone Mango Tree, which tells
the story of a young boy growing up in a poor family barely making
ends meet in the Philippines. Love and sacrifice prove key in holding
the struggling family together.
Lopez knew he had experiences from his native country that were
valuable to share in his new home. Alberta was in an economic downturn and he believed that the book might provide useful guidance to
help families get through tough times.
"When I was growing up in the Philippines, I remember comparing myself to others and wondering why my family was so different. It never
occurred to me that we were in financial distress," said Lopez. "My parents tried to explain it but I never really picked up on it. I am hoping that
by reading my book, other kids from financially challenged families will
acquire the courage and skills necessary to avoid the same hardships
that my siblings and I experienced."
Lopez is also a talented, self-taught fine artist who works largely with
minerals and colours to produce abstract pieces. Previously on display at a Calgary gallery, his work can now be seen at the Glenora
Gallery in Edmonton where he is the resident artist. One of his pieces
was used as teaser art for a novel, The Obsidian Crown of the Lost
Dominion. He also participated in the Kunst Gallery/Art Asia Gallery
Show, The Stories of the Little Prince. His artwork is viewable on his
Instagram site.

"The arts are a meaningful, productive tool to deal
with challenges in life. In addition to calming me,
creating art is a practical pursuit that can provide
additional income and networking opportunities,"
said Lopez. "I believe that the way visual art
communicates from sender to receiver is so
profound that the artist can help others without
even knowing it."

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