Panama Art Collective prepping for second show

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After a successful first show, the group of artists comprising the charity art “collective”, Ayudarte, is primed for their follow up mixed-media art event at the popular El Apartamento on Thursday, December 5th.

Artist Kenny Myers with two of his most popular pieces that were sold for charity.

Artist Kenny Myers with two of his most popular pieces that were sold for charity.

As well as art from a diverse mix of Panamanian and international artists, El Apartmento’s event will also feature live music and special offers on drinks. A percentage of all art sale profits will be donated to Cambio Creativo, a Colón based NGO that helps children improve their critical thinking skills, determination and self-expression through art.

One year ago, three friends discussed putting together a mixed-media art show to highlight the talented Panamanian and international artists currently working in Panama City. As the idea grew, Kyle Comee, Heather Parry, and James Bloomfield realized that they could potentially raise serious money for a worthy cause.

Having chosen the Malambo Orphanage in Arraijan to be the beneficiaries of their first show, the three set about bringing together a group of 12 photographers, painters and artists to mount their first event.

Heather Parry, one of the organizers of the show, said: “We’re excited to bring attention to these talented emerging artists in the vibrant, thriving art scene of Panama City, and also to raise money for such a deserving cause. Anyone who has ever volunteered at Malambo Orphanage will know what great work they do with youngsters in need, so it’s wonderful that we can help to ensure that this inspiring and necessary place will be able to grow and continue for many years to come.”

The first show was held at the Hotel Santana in Santa Ana, on September 26th and with considerable success, blending photography, oil painting, and other media. Almost 200 attendees packed the inaugural event. One lucky attendee even walked away with a piece worth $250, donated by Kyle Comee as the first prize for the raffle. Attendees were also able to donate directly to the charity, raising almost $2000 in total for the orphanage, including an incredibly generous donation from the British Embassy Ball.

Ayudarte is based in Panama City and focuses on raising money for community-based projects and local charities. Featuring an array of multi-discipline international artists, “Ayudarte” is a living, breathing collective of passionate souls committed to sharing their art and helping others. A percentage of every art sale from the shows goes to a nominated charity. The group is currently in talks with a number of charities for the 2014 shows.

For more information on the group please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ayudartepty. If any charities or local artists are interested in participating in one of Ayudarte’s upcoming art shows, please contact them through their Facebook page.

For information on volunteering at Malambo, please contact the group Besitos Mariposas at www.facebook.com/groups/541162215955215/.

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