NYC-based charity opens art gallery in Makati

Nemi Miranda’s ‘Planting Rice,’ acrylic on canvas, is currently offered on silent auction to fund the gallery’s art exhibits. Photos by Ramel Castillo

After three years of virtual mentoring and art exhibitions, trustees and volunteers of a New York based nonprofit Eagle Eye Charities Inc. (EEC) opened its first art gallery in Makati City. 

Eagle Eye Art Gallery is nestled amidst residential units and offices at Valero Plaza, Salcedo Village.  It celebrated the Fourth of July commemorating its first online gallery that was started in 2020. The artists who participated in that inaugural show included Nemi Miranda, Renato Habulan, Manny Garibay and the Aroma Art Atelier graduates of Orley Ypon.

“Our mission is to continue providing an avenue for Filipino artists to be introduced to the international market through annual exhibitions at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in NYC and a continuing representation to other embassies abroad,” said EEC founder Carol Tanjutco in a statement.

Their project  “Art Gallery for a Cause” has attracted   Philippine artists with a common vision to promote the Filipino culture, her traditions and beautiful islands seen  through the eyes of contemporary realism arts, a revival of traditional Juan Luna mastery.

Portrait winner for 2022, Evan Respeto unveils his work, a portrait of Eagle Eye Charities Inc. founder Carol Tanjutco.
In photo, Museo ng Makati OIC Ichi Yabut, EEC Founder Carol Tanjutco, Rupert Jacinto, Fanny Blanco and Jun Impas.  

The principals behind the project — Tanjutco, an investment professional,  and Manila OIC Fanny Blanco — emphasized the distinct appeal of this gallery being “owned and operated by artists, for the benefit of artists and nonprofit art outreach.”

The gallery seeks to provide funding for the next round of national art competition that was started by EEC, including the Jose Rizal National Portraiture Competition in 2022, which is currently ongoing at the Museo ng Makati until July 31,2023, and the recently concluded 500 Years of Christianity and Catholic Devotion, exhibited at the Manila Cathedral in February, in partnership with Museo ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila. The winning entries in both contests will be presented in an  exhibition at the Philippine Center in New York on November 13-24, 2023.

This year’s art outreach was held at Talipanan Mangyan School participated by Grade 6 pupils and their teachers who experienced hands-on training from past EEC winners Evan Respeto, Cris Bobier and Artemio Anga.

EEC volunteers aim to inspire the next generation of artists through  continuing art education and appreciation. The gallery offers this opportunity to anyone to discover their talents and sharpen their skills under the supervision of the winning artists.

The Fourth of July gallery opening was attended by Museo ng Makati OIC Ichi Yabut, Nemi Miranda, Rupert Jacinto, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Celso Pepito and Dr. Josette Biyo, director of the Department of Science and Technology.

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