The Andres Art Gallery: Connecting Bacarra and Hawaii

“Manang Biday, Open the Window”

At long last, I made it to the Andres Art Gallery in “The Balikbayan Town of the Philippines,” Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. The museum used to be the living room of the Andres residence. Like a lost child in a candy store, I didn’t know where to lay my eyes upon. The fabulous artworks were made by Mandell Andres, a Bacarreño, who has moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, back in the mid-70’s after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing  from the University of Santo Tomas. The “creative and persevering” Mandell, according to sister Norma Castro (the museum administrator), has loved the arts since childhood and  has enhanced his skills through a Studio Arts Program at the prestigious Honolulu Academy of Arts which houses priceless art pieces reflecting the unique multicultural heritage of Hawaii.

The artist has since won numerous awards, had his own solo exhibits, been presented in various exhibits all over Hawaii and also in other states.

Mandell visits home from time to time. Says Norma, “He is the silent type, who loves his independence… a  very loving and thoughtful brother.”

Entitled “Metro Memories”

“Kahakaekaea”  in acrylic, gold, fiber, wood and paper. The artwork is already owned by Marla, another sister of Mandell.

“Gay Marrunggay” in acrylic, watercolor and pencil.

“Blithe Spirits” in acrylic and needlepoint in monotype.

From Mandell Andres — “Hawaii’s diversity has provided me inspiration, allowing me to express my Filipino heritage which has crystallized in my artwork.”

To appreciate more of  Mandell’s fine artwork, visit the Andres Art Gallery, Rizal Blvd., Bacarra, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

*With special thanks to Ms. Norma A. Castro

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