If successful Art Fair Philippines has just been concluded, then it could only mean that Art in the Park is just around the corner. From the same organizers of the yearly contemporary art gathering at the Link Carpark in Ayala Center, Art in the Park happens at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City.
On April 2, Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., white tents will be housing some 57 galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups that will be selling their curated selections of artworks.
According to organizer Philippine Art Events, Inc.—led by the dynamic trio of Trickie Lopa, Lisa Periquet, and Dindin Araneta—the outdoor setting was meant to keep the atmosphere casual and enticing for some socializing so that it could send the message that art is truly for everyone. And in this case, it could also be accessible as all the artworks will have a price cap of Php50,000.
Outreach projects and sponsorships
Besides the opportunity to acquire art pieces, the gathering is also a chance to help a good cause. Since the first Art in the Park in 2006, a portion of all sales continues to be donated to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI) in support of its projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.
This year, the MFPI has sponsored the transport of 30 vans for the Museum Tour of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Pasinaya Open House Festival.
Also in the works are the Handi Project, an initiative to bring elementary school children from Kiangan, Ifugao to their own museums, the Kiangan National Museum Branch, Ifugao Peace Museum and World War II Shrine; encoding and digitizing the works of Julio Nakpil in support of the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista Foundation, Inc.; and sponsorship of MACEDA @ 100, a modular art and music exhibit to celebrate National Artist for Music Jose Maceda’s 100th birth anniversary.
Just as it’s organizers has done in previous years, Art in the Park has commissioned artists and artisans whose special works will be spread around the venue for the public’s appreciation.
This year, Art in the Park collaborates with Secret Fresh gallery, which will be presenting mold resin versions of the bird in Art in the Park’s distinctive logo. The gallery has tapped various artists who will be rendering their works according to their distinctive styles. These limited-edition birds will then be up for sale at the booth of Museum Foundation of the Philippines. Prints by Mark Justiniani featuring his artwork, Kumpas, will also grace the Art in the Park postcards and other collaterals.
UP College of Fine Arts graduate Carzen Esprela will also mount his thesis piece—an installation titled Bag in a Boat. The 14-feet-long work consists of arms slotted onto the sides where oars should be, and with a headless figure at the stern. Esprela utilized found objects and Epoxy to create his work.
Festive and summery atmosphere
The atmosphere becomes festive and summery with jazz trio and blues band Brat Pack performing live at the park.
A great time for catching up with friends, meeting artists and gallery owners, an array of cuisines and drinks—wine included—will also be offered by various food merchants at the site.
Philippine Art Events, Inc.’s Art in the Park for the benefit of the Museum Foundation of The Philippines is supported by Barangay Bel-Air, MACEA, Alveo, BPI, and Globe Platinum. Wooden panels are courtesy of Art Edge.
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