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The year in review: 2020, according to local artists


Portrait of The Hero

Acrylic on canvas

By Marcial Pontillas

My painting is a tribute to our frontliners in honor of their valuable work. They risk their lives to keep society afloat during this pandemic crisis. In details and color, this work portrays hope against the backdrop of a faceless crowd. During the lockdown, people have turned to gardening and found themselves in tune with nature.

Marcial Pontillas is a contemporary neo-expressionist and conceptual artist who continues to explore the human spirit with the claustrophobic humanscape as its metaphor. Besides painting, Marcial creates sculptures, installation and video art.

Strength of Family

Pen & ink on paper

By Nhorleen Bitco-Lilles

It has been a tough ride but it would have been extremely more difficult if families were apart these past months while we weather the storm of this virus. This made me appreciate my family all the more and how important being together is especially during times like this. Our family is our anchor during rough waters, our strength and our support. They are our everything.

Nhorleen Bitco-Lilles is an award-winning visual artist, a published children's book illustrator, painter and graphic designer based on Saipan.



By Jack and Michael Lujan Bevacqua

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has turned our homes into offices. With the social distancing and lockdown mandates, teleworking has become the normal.

Jack and Michael Lujan Bevacqua are the creators of Guam Bus, a creative enterprise who mission is to revitalize the Chamoru language and empower the Chamoru people.

The Scare


By CJ Urquico

An homage to Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” this pastel painting depicts the collective fear triggered by the coronavirus pandemic that infected and killed millions around the world. “The Scare” is part of the artwork collection from Urquico’s 48-page book, "Coping with Covid When You're a Kid," available on Amazon.

CJ Urquico is an artist, writer and the spokesperson for Salvation Army. He writes for the Pacific Island Times.


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