The paintings were the talk of the May 11 official program at the Centennial Pavillion, where Liberia was declared Ebola-free. They were by no means on the program agenda. However, with the help of Mrs. Louise McMillian, Assistant Minister for Culture at Liberia's Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) the paintings caught the attention of the array dignitaries, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her cabinet and guests, giving profound relevance and flavor to the Ebola-free celebration.
Produced by group of 11 Liberian artists, the paintings depict the plethora of scenes from the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Some are more abstract than others, but all of them are nothing short of a visual memoir of one of Liberia's darkest moments in history.
The artists are part of a new organization called Liberian Professional Painters Organization (LIPPO) led by Fato A. Wheremongar, who also serves as Executive Director of ChildArt Liberia. According to him, LIPPO aims to provide training and mentorship to aspiring young painters in Liberia, and prepare them for greater opportunities both here and abroad.
The artworks — 40 of them in all — are on brief exhibit on the top floor of the National Museum on Broad Street, Monrovia, May 14-23, 2015. LIPPO is still deliberating as to whether the pieces would be sold to the general public, since the Government of Liberia through MICAT appears to have keen interest in their future historical value.
Those whose works form part of the exhibit include: Cyrus D. Cooper, Abu Fofana, Wilson Fallah, Teddy Prosper Jackson, Rodney N. Sikdar, N.G.Y., Varney S. Kabbah, Jr., Tubman S. Tweh, Mark Sumo, Wisdom Zaza and Fato A. Wheremongar.