Art in the (virtual) Park: the “Affordable Art Fair” is back, online for a week

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AFTER being postponed to mid-March at the start of the Covid-19 epidemic in the country, Art in the Park 2020 is expected to return next month in a new and longer-term format.

The annual one-day fair that is traditionally held at Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City, is now available online at www.artinthepark.ph from August 10 to 17. Marked as Manila’s Affordable Art Fair, Art in the Park will always feature art capped at 50,000 P.

“Appreciation of art should be accessible to all,” said Lisa Periquet of Philippine Art Events Inc., who is also behind Art Fair Philippines, at the event’s press conference in March. “Of course there are some aspects that are very intellectual, but there is something about art that should really be a part of everyone’s life.”

Art in the Park 2020 was postponed a week before its original March 15 date, which was just a day before the government imposed a total lockdown on Luzon in response to the growing pandemic that has crippled not only the country but the rest of the world . Now the event is back with much of its initial offerings. Three artists handpicked by the organizers will still be featured in the special exhibitions.

One of them is Richard Quebral, an artist from Vigan whose architectural background is reflected in his vibrant and geometric imagery. He will present a special show for the ‘Globe Platinum Hour’, co-presented by Art in the Park and Globe, titled Isometric ay! lah, lah, earth …

Quebral will also invite visitors into his artistic creation process through a series of videos that will be launched on the Art in the Park website and social media accounts. There will also be a live auction on August 16 of Quebral’s largest painting among the five he made especially for the fair.

The other two artists featured are Jackie Lozano and Dex Fernandez.

Lozano will be holding a virtual demonstration of his portrait method in “BPI Presents,” a special collaboration with the Bank of the Philippine Islands. Also in the show’s lineup is an original performance by Fifth Wall Fest, a group that seeks to introduce Filipino audiences to dance films as an art form.

Meanwhile, in another special exhibition at the virtual fair, called Garapata hatchery, street artist Dex Fernandez will create a special paper fresco that he will divide into 22 separate works of art. The pieces will be offered after visitors to the show get a glimpse of its process via a specially produced time-lapse video. Popular artist and illustrator Robert Alejandro will also host live online sessions on Art in the Park’s social media accounts.

In addition to the artists presented, a total of 53 exhibitors representing galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces and student groups are scheduled to present works of art.

Participants include Ang InK, Archivo 1984, Arnold Art Collection, ART for Space Gallery, ART LAB: Atelier Cesare & Jean Marie Syjuco, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, Art Wednesday, Artepintura Gallery, Artery Art Space, Association of Pinoyprintmakers, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Art Gallery, Cevio Art Haus, District Gallery, Famous Artists, Far Eastern University, Galeria de las Islas, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Stephanie, Kulay Art Group, Los Nuevos Conquistadores, J Studio, Kasubulan, MAG, Mono8 Gallery, Museum Foundation of the Philippines – works by Joe Geraldo and jewelry by Carlo Villafuerte, Nineveh Artspace, Nord Anglia International School, Potters’ Group – Jon Pettyjohn, Potters’ Group – EJ Espiritu, Potters’ Group – Sagada , Potters’ Group –Joey De Castro, Project 20 Maginhawa, Orange Project, Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery, Sheerjoy, Silverlens, Space Encounters, TUP Fine Arts, The Authenticity Zero, The Mighty Bhutens, The Photograph y Zone, T e Thursday Group, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Village Art Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, UP College of Fine Arts, vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and Ysobel Art Gallery.

For the full Art in the Park experience at home, there will be an online musical performance by freelance singer-songwriter and guitarist Martti Franca on the closing day of the fair. A selection of food and drink and special promotions from Art in the Park’s F&B partners will also be available.

Art in the Park started in 2006 as a side event to the second anniversary of the Salcedo Saturday Market. The concept instantly came to life and evolved into a fundraising event, with a portion of all sales going to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI).

For this year’s unseen edition, Art in the Park will continue to support MFPI in its projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network.


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