Posted by Guest Blogger on September 14, 2011
Our newest MaxStation in the Philippines, Milagros is our Guest Blogger today, as she had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Maximize Life Art Gallery.
The opening of "Maximize Life Gallery" held on September 5, 2011 in Manila was a smashing success for everyone involved: Touched By Max, Inc. in partnership with Philippine Heart Center Art Gallery and The Max Foundation. The art gallery will run for 20 days.
The displayed artworks in the gallery were made by CML and GIST patients in the Philippines and their caregivers. The fine details in the artworks, the sensitivity to color and light, the beauty of the lines, everything comes together that much more clearly when you're looking at the work "live". The difference is truly striking. It's really maximizing life for the entire artist. Along with the displayed artworks is the meaning of each masterpiece.
Viewing the maximizing life artworks was a total immersion experience for me. As I walked through the exhibit, I felt I'd been dropped into a newly built "homeland" and I valued my life better. Of the all the exhibits I have ever attended, this was truly the most meaningful, break through experience, and incredibly amazing, an experience also shared by Ms. Baby, PHC staff and gallery visitor.
The opening ceremonies for the exhibit started with a short program, graced by Touched by Max board members, The Max Foundation team, friends, officers and staff of the Philippine Heart Center. Touched by Max, Vice President Rita Estrada gave her opening remarks, followed by inspirational message from Touched by Max’s, 2nd Vice President, Dr. Jun Lapada. A highlight of the program was when Lynn, a CML survivor shared her testimony: the mystery behind her artwork piece entitled "Flowers of the Rainbow".
All in all, a wonderful day, full of excitement, fun and a successful art gallery opening. Proceeds from the art gallery will go directly to Touched by Max. The exhibit serves as an inspiration, creating public awareness and advocating support for the benefit of the CML and GIST patients.