Online exhibit by UP alumni, portrait artists raises funds and honors frontliners

Sunday, May 24, 2020

From one online exhibit to another, the local art community is definitely doing its share of helping the frontliners and vulnerable communities amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Filipino Portrait Artists Guild (FilPAG), in partnership with the UP Alumni Association, recently launched “HANDOG LINGKOD,” an online fund-raising event curated by award-winning artist Grandier Bella to support our medical frontliners affected by the virus.

“The online exhibit is FilPAG’s way of expressing gratitude to the sacrifices of our frontliners by giving back, in the only way we know – by creating the best work we can do about our collective experiences with them during this crisis.” FilPAG secretary Grandier Bella expressed in an interview with Metroscene Mag.

As of writing, there are twenty-four artworks on display by local artists. The artworks depicts frontliners in various sectors such as medical, health, security, transportation, and common folks from all walks of life who are out there in the name of service and acts of kindness to our countrymen.

“Through our creative talents, this is the least we can do in honoring the men and women who have pledged their sworn duty to serve our community in these trying times,” Bella said.

“The members had their fair share of challenges to actually take reference photos and compose their works amidst the threat of getting infected. But it was worth all the effort, as they were able to create great artworks despite the challenging conditions we are all experiencing during this pandemic," he added.

According to Bella, 90% of the proceeds will be donated to affected frontliners, in coordination with the UP Alumni Association. The event was launched on May 15, 2020, and will run until May 31.

To see the exhibit, go here. For purchase inquiry, click here.

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