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Fil-Am artists exhibit in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown next week

A GROUP of Filipino American artists will be holding an exhibit of freshly created artworks in the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles in an event dubbed as “Ugnayan sa Sining.”

The July 14 to 28 event is “going to be the first in a series of exhibits of Filipino artists in the Historic Filipinotown,” said artist and Beyond Deadlines contributing writer Vics Magsaysay.

“We want to share our art to the Filipino Americans, particularly the young generation. We want them to see artworks that are inspired by Filipino thoughts and sensibilities,” added Magsaysay, one of the event’s artists.

The artist group, according to Magsaysay, would endeavor to hold workshops and seminars on paintings and photography in the same venue in the future.

We believe that these are among the ways that we can impart the legacy of Filipino American artists in this landscape,” Magsaysay said.

“After Padre Damaso” by Rey Zipagan, Oil on Canvass.

The exhibit would open via a cocktail party on July 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI) Bayanihan Center at 135 N. Park View St., Los Angeles 90026.

Prominent Los Anges-based Filipino American singers are expected to perform during the opening.

Magsaysay lamented what he perceived as a “very lethargic support, particularly financial support, from the Filipino American community.”

Kaya nag-ambagan na lang kami (fellow artists) para matuloy itong proyekto,” he disclosed.

Participating artists include (in alphabetical order): Faustino Caigoy, Champoy, Mila de la Fuente, Cesar Devera, Ed Gumamit, Rafael Maniago, Mat Relox, Rodolfo Samonte, Bienvenido Sibug, Luz Balbin-Spanks, Celina Taganas-Duffy, Tiinz Taruc, Magoo Valencia, Rey Zipagan and Julia Kim.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

2 Replies to “Fil-Am artists exhibit in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown next week

  1. Artist’s works stir our consciousness for for a deeper meaning than what meets the eye. Look forward to meet the exhibitors especially our kababayan Rey Zipagan. Cheers!!

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