The Perak Painters Association (Persatuan Pelukis Perak / PPP) who held their Aidel Fitri celebration at their PIOR Art Gallery at the Kinta Riverwalk Sunday morning turned it into an arty affair with the creation of a painting.
The work was a collaboration by Philippine and Malaysian painters as part of ARTDIALOGO, an intergovernmental project initiative designed to promote intercultural dialogue through the arts in ASEAN.
It is made possible by the NCCA, the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia, Malaysian Embassy in Manila, Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, NeMiranda Arthouse Philippines, PeRupa Malaysia and Tourism Perak.
Twelve Filipino artists are in Malaysia currently and visited Ipoh as part of a delegation to recce around Ipoh in preparation for an event to be held in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2017 in the third quarter of next year.
The team was brought to Ipoh by art NGO PeRUPA (Persatuan Seni Rupa Malaysia / Malaysia Visual Art Association) Assistant Secretary A.Zaki Hadri for a two day visit to get a feel for the art community here.
The group had visited Kellie’s Castle and Gunung Lang on the first day. Their second day’s itinerary included the visit to PIOR Gallery followed by a visit to the Sarang Art Hub at Tanjong Malim.
Spokesman for the Phillipine group Nemi Miranda who paints under the name of NemiRanda compared Ipoh to being similar to a normal province in the Phillippines.
“A normal Phillippine province is usually small, retaining its old world charm and characteristics.
However itis at these locations where artists are active and their works rich and alive.
Miranda added their Philippine Art Festival schedule to be held at Angono Rizal Province, Philippines in late November this year was one such province.
“It is somewhat similar to Ipoh with water features and a little similar to this gallery on the Kinta Riverfront” said Miranda.
Zaki said their next event was the Art Exhibition scheduled for August 2 at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (Matic) and on August 4 when the group would hold a workshop with Orang Asli children where Phillippine Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya would be in attendance.