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And here it is, all 12 Filipino Canadian artists strong! Have a quick peek at what this 12-artist show looked like, from the venue, styles of art, artists and food at the Surrey Art Gallery! All works will be on display until February 2020.

I wasn't able to take any photos so attribution goes to: Esmie Gayo McLaren, Ileta Buenaventura, Mayo Landicho, Jenny Ramirez Maravilla and Art Calapatia.

Painting # 1:

Title: Have a Field Day

Year produced: 2019 Medium: Watercolor

Size: 14”x11”


Philippines is recipient to dry spells/monsoons & farmers in Bicol are the best in extreme climate farming. Through education, they’ve remained steadfast in organic farming over the pursuit of the Golden Rice: High-quality seeds, precision fertilization, upland/lowland farming, working with, not against, nature.

Painting #2:

Title: Baywatch

Year produced: 2019 Medium: Watercolor

Size: 14”x11”

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9-21-19 · Manila Bay · 34th Int’l coastal cleanup · 20,000 volunteers · 412,595 lbs. of excess· On this day, her natural colors can finally be seen and a healthy glow had been brought to light. This is what she needs from each one of us for a full recovery: A good bit of love and care, one day at a time.

Painting #3:

Title: My Favorite Spot

Year produced: 2019 Medium: Watercolor

Size: 14”x11”

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Deer Lake Park offers an easy walking trail that circles the lake & passes by a beach area, a viewing tower & pier, all providing visitors leisurely strolls in & around a natural environment. A favorite spot could be any of these or even the name of your dog, but to them, a favorite spot of theirs is, with you.

Thank you to Lenore R.S. Lim, founder of the Filipino Music and Art Foundation who organized the exhibit, co-organizers Esmie Gayo Mclaren and Chito Maravilla, Philippine Consulate General Mei-An for your continued support, Jordan, Rhyse, Alison for making all of this possible at the SAG, Councillor Annis for dropping by the show and Grandt Kitchen for the delicious snacks, Filipino style. — with Surrey Art Gallery, Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver and Grandt Kitchen.

The dimensions of this post definitely does no justice to the actual art works but I hope that we all served as vessels to the community in highlighting Mother Nature as the true star of the show. Here's a visual summary of artists beside their art, starting from the top: Esmie Gayo McLarenEdgardo Lantin, Soliman Poonon, Chito Maravilla, Mayo Landicho, Danvic Briones, Tessie Dichupa, Bert Monterona, Ileta Buenaventura, Josephine Bundang Galang, Lenore R.S. Lim and Brod Wong. — with Marie Claire Lim Moore, Justin Jose R.S. Lim and Jose R Lim.

And here's the beautiful reception at the Surrey Art Gallery: Their mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. — at Surrey Art Gallery.


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