Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh opened the exhibit Sept. 20. The contest was first held in 2010 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The importance of the global environment and support the youth of Thailand are the Onyx Hospitality Group’s initiatives, Director of Social Responsibility Lisa Thomas said.
The Art for the Planet 2013 exhibition is on display at Central Festival Pattaya Beach through Sept. 30.
The exhibit also featured a live painting demonstration to honor Mana Yaprakhum, president of the Pattaya Cultural Council and Pattaya Independent Artists Association.
Twenty Pattaya-developed pieces in the contest organized by the Amari Orchid Resort & Tower’s operator were selected Aug. 3 by Mana and artists Channarong Kosolwat and Sornchai Khemkhaeng. Ten of the Pattaya entries joined 60 illustrations from other regions of Thailand for final judging in Bangkok Sept. 3, won by Supannee Chongmeethom from Burapha University in Chonburi.
About 60,000 baht in total prizes was awarded.
Thomas said the project is aimed at both helping underprivileged youth and raising awareness about the need for environmental conservation.