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Filipino Music and Art Foundation

This group pays homage to an all-time favourite inspiration: nature.

The Filipino Music and Art Foundation is proud to present an exhibition of nature-themed artwork at Surrey Art Gallery. How Green Is Your Muse? will be on display from November 16, 2019 to February 2, 2020.

A special opening reception featuring live music, food, and introductory remarks will be held at Surrey Art Gallery on November 23, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

How Green Is Your Muse? is both a celebration of nature and a plea for universal action to preserve and protect it. Prompted by the idea of nature as inspiration, 12 emerging and established Filipino-Canadian artists have prepared their work for display at Surrey Art Gallery. In an exhibit of catalytic artworks, they convey visceral images of peaceful, majestic environments, while provoking viewers to imagine a world without clean air and devastated by the effects of harmful human activity.

Based in B.C., the Filipino Music and Art Foundation (FMAAF) invited a dozen artists to represent their feelings about nature. Contemporaries Danvic Briones, Ileta Buenaventura, Tessie Dichupa, Jo Galang, Mayo Landicho, Edgardo Lantin, Lenore RS Lim, Chito Maravilla, Esmie Gayo McLaren, Bert Monterona, Soliman L. Poonon, and Broderick Wong deliver a feast for the eyes. Media vary widely, from carving, printmaking, and traditional painting, to collage with found objects and painting with soil.

Experience these artists’ muse through richly painted scenes that evoke their love for the natural world. The artworks celebrate the verdant abundance of both the Philippines and Canada. Their vision generates a unified theme of concern for the role of artists in advocating for a clean and sustainable environment.

The Filipino Music and Art Foundation is thankful for the support of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver.

Image credit: Bert Monterona, Waves of Culture, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.