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Discover precious finds at accessible prices at this year’s Art in the Park

Still on a high from the amazing showcase of Filipino talent at Art Fair Philippines recently? There’s another exciting art fair to look forward to this summer: mark your calendar for Art in The Park on April 3! Touted as the first “affordable art fair,” this highly anticipated event features a wonderful range of works from both established and up-and-coming artists, with nothing priced at over P40,000.

It’s a wonderful venue to meet many of the artists themselves, discover emerging talent, and if you have an eye for art, some of the artists you may have invested in during the first few Art in The Park fairs may now command top dollar! Meanwhile, more established artists often create smaller, more affordable works for the fair, and these pieces usually get snapped up as soon as the gates open in the morning. “Agawan talaga,” the fair organizers tell us.

Now on its 10th year (can you believe it’s been that long?), Art in The Park has grown from a casual and intimate art fair hosting 12 galleries in a handful of tents at Salcedo Park, to a full-scale event featuring 60 art galleries, collectives, and student groups, plus a host of food concessionaires, too. To celebrate this milestone, Art in the Park will be reproducing signed limited-edition Giclee prints from the 10 artists whose artworks have adorned the fair’s postcard invitations over the past years. Reading like a roll call of prominent contemporary artists, the list includes: Charlie Co, Joy Mallari, Jomike Tejido, Pete Jimenez, Rodel Tapaya, and Marina Cruz.

  • The Mighty Bhutens

    The Mighty Bhutens

  • “Allure” by Rommel Sampana, Galerie Artes

    “Allure” by Rommel Sampana, Galerie Artes

  • “Tidal,” digital print by Celina de Guzman, Aimless

    “Tidal,” digital print by Celina de Guzman, Aimless

  • “Fleur Du Mal 3” by Maxine Syjuco, Art Lab

    “Fleur Du Mal 3” by Maxine Syjuco, Art Lab

  • “Shelter” by Edwin Martinez, Art Underground

    “Shelter” by Edwin Martinez, Art Underground

  • “Bath,” digital print by Frances Alvarez, Ang INK

    “Bath,” digital print by Frances Alvarez, Ang INK

  • “No More Iterax,” mixed media by Dex Fernandez, Kulay Diwa

    “No More Iterax,” mixed media by Dex Fernandez, Kulay Diwa

  • "Partnership," acrylic on treated hand-woven mat by Jomike Tejido

    "Partnership," acrylic on treated hand-woven mat by Jomike Tejido

  • “Still Odd 3” by Lyndon Maglalang, Cevio Art Haus

    “Still Odd 3” by Lyndon Maglalang, Cevio Art Haus

  • "Floral fabric on fragile frame" by Marina Cruz, oil on canvas

    "Floral fabric on fragile frame" by Marina Cruz, oil on canvas

  • Vinyl on Vinyl

    Vinyl on Vinyl

This year, Art in The Park has also invited celebrated sculptor Daniel de la Cruz to showcase an installation of life-size wax figures—slow-burning candle men, to be exact. “As the day progresses, nauubos,” shares de la Cruz at the press preview. “It’s interesting, because I’m known as a metal sculptor—it basically lasts forever. But this [the wax figures] is a one-day piece of art.” Now wouldn’t it be interesting to see how the figures change shape as they melt throughout the day?

Part of Art in The Park’s charm is its bohemian, casual vibe, encouraging art appreciation from all art lovers—connoisseurs, collectors, and enthusiasts alike. Take your time sifting through the wide range of featured works—from paintings and photographs, to pottery and postcards—and be rewarded with local gems that will proudly adorn your home or workspace. Bringing a fun new twist to your treasure hunting this year, Globe Telecom encourages you to take a photo of anything that inspires you at the fair, print it out (just look for the roving printers!), then hang it up at the Globe installation and create your own art. When you need to give your eyes a quick break from the visual overload, head over to the food concessionaires (this year’s roster includes 8 Cuts Burgers, Ñ y Patricia headed by New York-based chef Noel dela Rama, and the ever popular animal-shaped cotton candy booth, among others). Providing mood music throughout the fair are Soulful Mood during the day and The Brat Pack in the evening.

Art in the Park will be on April 3, 2016, 10am-10pm, at Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City, and is brought to us by Philippine Art Events and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, in support of the National Museum of the Philippines. It is made possible through the generosity of Barangay Bel-Air, Makati Commercial Estate Association, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Alveo, and Globe Platinum.

 

For more information, go to www.artinthepark.ph or   www.facebook/art-in-the-park, and follow                                 @artintheparkph on Instagram and Twitter