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The Unifying Power of Art

November 14, 2019 - Thursday 6:11 PM by Eva Aranas Angel

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The dictionary defines ‘art’ as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
??It is from this emotional power drawn out from ‘art’ that is the strongest force to unify artists for a cause or for a purpose.
??To those who know of my entanglement with the arts, I am known as one of those who appreciate and collect art both with the heart and with a purpose. It’s a long shot but I am a good mix of a dreamer and a believer.
??My foray into the arts as an insider, however, is very recent. I belong to an all-woman art group called BaiHinang which recently had a group exhibit at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao dubbed ‘Pink October.’ The exhibit sold 16 large format art works, as reported by BaiHinang president and founder Elenita ‘Boots’ Dumlao. The proceeds of the exhibit were turned over before egress to Mr. Bryan Yves Lasala of the Hotel Management and Admiistration office, and Ms. Jennifer Romero, Manager for Sales and Marketing. Each of them also received an art work as token of their full support to the exhibit from BaiHinang members Jing Cayacay Rabat and Anne Worsley. The funds raised for Breast Cancer advocacy were turned over by Miyen Lim and Jessica Cordova.
??In the interim, the group had its meeting and party for the October birthday celebrants. However, the succession of earthquakes whose epicenter was in Central Mindanao and were felt up to Regions 10, 11, and CARAGA Region became a concern when the extent of the damage the earthquakes have caused became apparent and the grief and agony palpable despite the distance.
??Through the initiative of BaiHinang members Jessica Cordova, Fides Baddongon, Jearvy Lanohan, and Krishna Mie Zabate, ‘HeARTserves’ was conceived. The idea was for artists to contribute artwork in exchange for relief goods. As I have mentioned in my previous column, it started with an auction of 20 art works. But then, the number of donated art works kept pouring in, even from artists outside of BaiHinang that included artists from other art groups, young artists, veteran artists. They even come different geographic locations, as far away as Butuan (Resty Sala, thank you) and Jaro, Iloilo (Jeanroll Ejar). In total, HeARTserves was able to deliver to the Philippine National Red Cross 35 sacks of rice and 650 easy-open canned goods, packs of sanitary pads, baby diapers, detergents, toiletries, and hygiene packs. Thanks to South Shore Divers for lending a truck to deliver the goods and to the instructors and students and staff of Limitless Fitness and Martial Arts for hauling and carrying the heavy goods to the truck.
As a testament to the unifying power of ‘art,’ even after the turn over of the relief goods, donations continue to pour in, hence this announcement from HeARTserves:
“?HeARTServes is now on its 3rd phase! To join, simply fill up the submission form online and bring the artwork to Morning Light Art Gallery and Shop - Quirino Branch. Deadline of submission is this Saturday, November 16, at 12 noon. Please note that for phase 3, only artworks physically available at Morning Light and digitally encoded via the submission form are included in the auction.”
??Unlike the first two phases which focused on daily sustenance, hygiene, and sanitation, Phase III will come up with updated options for donations that are based on the priority lists given by LGUs and other agencies that manage donations for North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

??From very reliable sources, masters Alfred Galvez, Gilbert Miraflor, Rodney Yap, and Cezar Arro of Iloilo City are going to donate art works for the HeARTserves online art auction. Cash donation from artist Celeste Lecaroz of Manila has also been turned over to HeARTserves.
??If you are an artist and would like to help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts for the earthquake victims in Central Mindanao, North Cotabato, and Davao del Sur, you may submit your art works not later than November 16, 2019 (Saturday) at the Morning Light art Shop and Gallery in Quirino Avenue, Davao City.
??For proper documentation and inventory, please fill out the link to the submission form: Bit.ly/heARTserves
??We cannot thank you enough for making project HeARTserves a monumental success.
??On a different note, this time, as a pact of unity, the artists of Davao and its neighboring cities formed the Davao Artists’ Federation on November 9, 2019 at the Hebron Healing Center and Sanctuary in Trinidad, Greenhills, Ma-a. The Federation consists of 17 art groups. It was the first of several meetings but it’s a good start. I hope among its aims would be to professionalize the business of art and foster integrity in each artist as well as elevate and uplift and support the status of every artist. No artist must grab credit for an artwork he/she didn’t do, or defraud the collector of the quality of the material that was used. Most importantly, no artist deserves to starve.