The native people of Guam love music, dancing, fiestas, and carnivals; they are gracious and outgoing people, and all these attributes are found in their richly colored artworks. Local Guam artworks and masterpieces are best displayed at the CAHA Gallery located at the scenic Two Lovers Point (Puntan Dos Amantes) overlooking the picturesque Philippine Sea.
CAHA stands for Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency (CAHA), which operates the gallery and its satellite gallery in Chamorro Village in Hagatña, the capital of Guam. The Agency aims to support local artists by showcasing their paintings, sculptures, photography and other artworks and regularly conducting exhibitions for free public viewing. The gallery has a 1,500-square-foot showroom where most of the artworks on exhibit go on sale.
Originally a part of the University of Guam, CAHA was established in 1967 for the primary purpose of developing programs in Music, Visual Arts, Literature, Culture, Film, Cinematography and Art Education. Since then, it has initiated and sponsored a number of grants and events with the hopes of encouraging young artists to consistently develop their skills and artistic gifts, and at the same time promote local art as among the best in the world.
Today, besides the regular exhibits, art programs and participations in national events and festivals, the agency partners with local schools, private groups, nonprofit organizations, interest clubs, and others in order to ensure that local communities become aware of the presence and importance of art. The agency also maintains that art education must always have a significant part in the national curriculum.
The CAHA Gallery in Two Lovers Point is also commonly referred to as KAHA Gallery. KAHA stands for “Kahan I Kutturan Guahan”, which is Chamoru for a “council on Guam culture”. (The native people in Guam are called Chamorro and their native language is Chamoru.)
Other important art venues in Guam include the Guam Gallery of Art, Guam Museum, Isla Center for the Arts, and Framed, Etc. Owned and managed by Filamore Alcon, a local artist, the Guam Gallery of Arts is a well-known gallery and movement in promoting grass-roots artists and artworks, which are commonly focused on Guam and Pacific Island cultures. The gallery is located in Chamorro Village.
On the other hand, Guam Museum is the country’s main repository of precious artifacts from the Spanish and pre-Spanish periods. The museum is open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day except on holidays.
Meanwhile, the University of Guam’s Isla Center for the Arts showcases the talents of both local and international artists. Its goal is to promote local and regional artwork all over the world. The center has a 1,000-square-foot exhibition area. The University of Guam is located at the UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam.
Finally, the privately owned Framed, Etc., also supports local artists by exhibiting, reviewing and selling their works. It is located at the ground floor of the New Marina Hotel in Anigua.
CAHA Gallery in Two Lovers Point is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM from Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays, and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sundays.