Because large gatherings are prohibited due to restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Harvest Christian Academy thought of a creative way to exhibit their art show.
Every year, island residents visit the Infiniti Gallery in Upper Tumon to view the paintings, drawings, and sculptures created by 7th to 12th grade Harvest Christian Academy students.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, the annual art show has been brought online for the first time in 24 years.
Brandon Pegarido, who teaches art at the Academy, says that many people have been appreciative of the online exhibit.
“A lot of the comments were like ‘It was nice to just…scroll through and really look and appreciate some of the different things the students have done throughout the year.’ For me, that was something cool for me to hear, especially from those who don’t get to go all the time,” Pegarido said.
Many of the art pieces range from still life and portraits to paintings, pencil drawings, and sculptures.
Pegarido says that some of his students have gone to pursue careers in animation and illustration. He encourages the community to learn about and create art.
“A lot of people think that you have to have this natural ability to do art, but it’s really just putting one foot in front of the other. Just like riding a bike, you’re going to be bad at it at first or maybe you’ll be a natural at it, but in the end what I try to teach the students is that it’s the process that’s important,” Pegarido said.
If you want to see the exhibit, the 24th Annual Harvest Christian Academy Art show is available on hcaguam.org.