Artists sell paintings and photos near Mandalay moat to help flood victims
AS the Ayeyarwady River swells and floods communities throughout the country, many Myanmar people are doing all they can to help the flood victims. Even painting. In Mandalay, artists and photographers have set to work drawing, painting and shooting landscapes in order to sell their products and donate the proceeds to those affected.
Photographer Soe Min said the collective undertook a similar campaign during the Kalay flooding in August 2015. That campaign raised over K10 million (US$8450).
“The customers will also donate money,” he said. “Our skilled photographers and photography enthusiasts will buy and sell while making merit.”
The sale began on August 7, with prices starting at K20,000 (US$17). Open from 9am to 5pm, the photo showroom also has smaller pictures, available for K1000 to K5000.
Saya Moe Oo, an artist involved in the drive, said she and her fellow artists raised over K5.3 million during the first two days of the drive.
“We are very glad they take food to us when we are drawing,” she told The Myanmar Times, gesturing to volunteers laden with rice curry to go. “Mandalay Region comprises many artists and we will carry out as much welfare as we can, no matter the difficulties that exist.”
Besides selling pictures and photos, the group is also collecting donations by playing guitar and other instruments along the Mandalay moat.
Artists and photographers set up their wares on a thoroughfare in Mandalay.
A woman, fresh off her bike, considers donating.