Yan­gon artists help flood vic­tims with paint­ing sales

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS - Pei-Hua Yu

As Pyay Way saw the pic­tures of the flood ar­eas in Myan­mar stacked up in his Face­book news feed, he felt sad for the peo­ple’s suf­fer­ing. gallery cu­ra­tor, he started to con­tact Myan­mar artists while he was vis­it­ing Tai­wan for an art ex­hi­bi­tion. Within the ini­tial eight days, he has gath­ered 115 mod­ern art paint­ings from over 71 artists for a fundrais­ing ex­hi­bi­tion start­ing on 15 Au­gust in Nawa­day Thar­lar Art Gallery, Yan­gon.

He named it the “100% Art Ex­hi­bi­tion.” The two Myan­mar artists join­ing his Tai­wan trip, Than Kyaw Htay and Aung Kyi Soe, came up with the name as they felt “100% sorry for the peo­ple [suf­fer­ing]” and the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists will do­nate 100% of the sales to the flood vic­tims.

Through an on-go­ing online pre-sale, Pyay Way has raised over US$15,000. He and the artists will send the do­na­tion to the lo­cal peo­ple they know in the flood-af­fected ar­eas. He plans to in­vite more artists to join as he re­turns to Yan­gon. The paint­ings are priced be­tween US$100 and US$1,500.

Another famed gallery, Pan­so­dan Scene, has or­ga­nized a sale of books and paint­ings start­ing from 5 Au­gust. “We do as much as we can,” the gallery owner, Aung Soe Min, said.

River Aye­yarwaddy Gallery and Myan­mar Artist Or­ga­ni­za­tion (Cen­tral) also held ex­hi­bi­tions for three and five days to help the flood vic­tims.

Ei Ei San con­trib­uted re­port­ing.

Event in­for­ma­tion

100% Art Ex­hi­bi­tion, Nawa­day Thar­lar Art Gallery

15 – 25 Au­gust 2015, 11:00 – 18:00

Ad­dress: Room No. 304, 20/B (Above Sony Show­room), Yaw Min Gyi Road (On the Park Royal Ho­tel Side), Dagon Town­ship, Yan­gon

Phone: 0943097918

Pan­so­dan Scene

Ad­dress: 2nd Floor, No. 144, Pan­so­dan Street (Mid­dle Block), Cor­ner of Maha Ban­doola and Pan­so­dan Streets, Kyauk­tada, Yan­gon

Phone: 095130846

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