Affordable fair Art in the Park returns for 14th year


Posted at Mar 03 2020 05:51 PM

Affordable fair Art in the Park returns for 14th year 1
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MANILA -- Here's another chance to bring home works by top local artists at affordable prices. 

This March 15, Art in the Park returns for its 14th year at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City.

A total of 56 exhibitors representing galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups will showcase a wide range of artworks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entrance to the fair is free of charge.

As in previous years, prices of artworks are capped at P50,000, allowing collectors and enthusiasts to score coveted pieces for a lot less.

"People love it because it's like a treasure hunt. You'll never know what you'll find," Trickie Lopa, one of the event organizers, told ABS-CBN News on Tuesday. 

"Sometimes you'll find a piece of pottery, or a painting, a sculpture, or a photograph. You never know what catches your fancy every year," she added.

Some of the featured artists this year include Richard Quebral, Dex Fernandez, and Jackie Lozano, who will do a live portrait session at the park.

Lopa believes the approachable Art in the Park event greatly complements the premier Art Fair Philippines, which she also co-organizes.

"It (Art in the Park) extends the enthusiasm for art [after the Art Fair]. It's also a great way for both artists and collectors to get their feet wet without the pressure. If you're interested in getting into art, you can buy pieces that are not so painful [in the pocket]," she said.

Lopa continued: "There's no risk in terms of... are you pressured to buy a big name or not? The whole point is, if you like it, get it. And for the art students, it's a chance to see how people will receive their work."

Aside from artworks, Art in the Park is also known for offering food, drinks, and live entertainment every year.

Mantra Bistro joins this year's lineup of concessionaires to serve Indian dishes to visitors, while Hoochie Coochie Mikkie will be the fair's featured performer. 

Just like in previous editions, a portion of all sales at Art in the Park will be donated to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.