‘The Art Showdown’ a boost for tourism, says exco man

ART has come a long way in the development of Penang and ‘The Art Showdown’ would further highlight this growth.

‘The Art Showdown’ not only encourages Malaysian artists to pursue their career pathways in the arts but also encourages art enthusiasts at a young age.

State Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the exhibition would be a boost for the art fraternity when he officiated the opening ceremony of ‘The Art Showdown’ at China House in Beach Street on February 1.

Also present were Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi Zi Sen and exhibition organising chairman Rebecca Yeoh.

Artists from various states in Malaysia are taking part in the exhibition until Feb 15.

“I was told that there are 40 artists joining in the event where 95 paintings are being showcased.

“Besides, there are stroke patients and participants from ACS Stepping Stone Balik Pulau at the exhibition,” Yeoh said.

He said to ensure a progressive development of the art industry in Penang, new talents need to be unearthed and nurtured.

“This event is a platform for the budding talents to showcase their artworks and develop their love for art further.

“The state government encourages more of such events in Penang to develop the creative industries.”

Yeoh also said the unveiling of the Penang State Exco Office for Tourism Development, Arts, Culture and Heritage (PETACH) logo by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow on Jan 28 is aimed at charting a clear direction towards realising the Penang Tourism Master Plan.

PETACH is a rebranding exercise to lift Penang to greater heights and ensure the state tourism remain competitive in the global market.

“I wish every young artist in Penang can study the concept of PETACH and play a major role to support state government’s promotional efforts,” he stressed.

Story & pix by Danny Ooi