ManilArt opens with a well-attended gala

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Prominent artists, art collectors and enthusiasts, foreign and local dignitaries, arts and culture professionals, government officials, heads of the industry, and even celebrities were among the many who graced the invitation-only gala of “ManilArt”—the biggest art gathering in the country—on October 9 at the SM Aura Premier Convention Center in Taguig City.

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Guests marvel at artworks showcased at the ManilArt gala

Now on its fifth year, ManilArt runs until October 13 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Besides exhibits by different galleries, walking tours, lectures and workshops will also be conducted.

Exhibitors who joined the event include L’arc en ciel, Galerie Francesca, Galerie Nicolas, Archivo 1984, Vmeme Contemporary Art Gallery, Finale Art File, Quattrocento, Leon Gallery, Qube Gallery, Galerie Anna, Artes Orientes, Galerie Joaquin, Galerie Stephanie, Manila Contemporary, Blue and Gray Gallery, Paseo Gallery, Artery Manila, Arte Pintura Gallery, Renaissance, Galeria Delas Islas, Gallery Nine, Transwing Art Gallery and Gallery Big.

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Renowned sculptor Ramon Orlina (leftmost) with guests

In an effort to showcase art outside the National Capital Region, this year’s ManilArt includes exhibitors from other parts of the country.

Regional exhibitors such as the Tam-Awan Village of Baguio City, the Amarela Gallery of Bohol; Charlie’s Gallery of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; Yaru Nu Artes Ivatan of Basco, Batanes; and a huge contingent of Visayas-Mindanao artists presented by Qube Gallery of Cebu City will also join the art fair.

Culture movers including Filipino Heritage Festival Foundation president Armita Rufino (second from left), NCCA International Affairs Office consultant Emelie Tiongco (third from left) and NCCA Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief Adel Suemith (fifth from left)

Culture movers including Filipino Heritage Festival Foundation president Armita Rufino (second from left), NCCA International Affairs Office consultant Emelie Tiongco (third from left) and NCCA Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief Adel Suemith (fifth from left)

ManilArt is organized by the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization, with governmental support through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and from the private sector including Lifestyle Asia magazine and the One Mega Group. This year, ManilArt carries the slogans “Celebrating Variety” and “Art According to All” to emphasize “the continued government support, participation from other regions, and the private sector rallying behind the art fair.”

For inquiries, call 910-8016 or     0917-3272529, or e-mail info.manilart@gmail.com.

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