The 2013 Cultural Heritage Exhibit only had a two-week run this year after the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture pulled the plug on the event following the resignation of Arts Council coordinator Darrell Moteisou.
Council executive director Angel S. Hocog said that Moteisou resigned last week and will be relocating off-island.
He said the council currently has a manpower shortage and the resignation of the 2013 Cultural Heritage Exhibit coordinator left him with no choice but to end the event last Friday, Sept. 27.
The 2013 Cultural Heritage Exhibit was supposed to run from Sept. 10 to Oct. 10 at the lobby of the Kanoa Resort in Susupe.
Despite the abbreviated run of the exhibit, Hocog maintained that it was still a successful event, with many of the participating artists able to sell their artworks.
A total of 12 artists took part in the 2013 Cultural Heritage Exhibit: Flowerpot Salas, ornamental flowers and hats; Sylvia Daguitan, baskets; Michael Finney, wood carving; Jill Arenovski, paper arts; Greg Bacnis, sketching; Ireneo David, dry lead painting; Melchy Billy, Carolinian beads; Paula Teregeyo, Carolinian beads; Nick Klewei, carving and painting; Vicente C. Duenas, spray painting; Martin Castro; and Priscilla Pangelinan, recycled arts.
The Arts Council has been staging the Cultural Heritage Exhibit for about 10 years and this was the second straight year that the Kanoa Resort hosted the exhibit.
The Cultural Heritage Exhibit is one of the three major exhibits hosted annually by the Arts Council. The other two are the Women’s Exhibit every March and the Christmas Exhibit in December.