Celebrate Sunday At Art In The Park
Update as of March 9, 2020: Due to the recent public health situation regarding the novel coronavirus, please note that Art In The Park has been postponed until further notice. Organisers hope to reschedule Art in the Park to later on in the year. For more information, feel free to visit www.artinthepark.ph
In the heart of Salcedo, lies the eponymous Jaime C. Velasquez Park, where every weekend, the Salcedo Saturday Market comes bustling to life. While Makatizens look forward to this weekly celebration of local food and produce, this coming March 15, families and friends can look forward to the annual Art in the Park.
Now on its 14th year, Art in the Park celebrates creatives and their creations against a backdrop of tall, overarching trees, and the sound of smooth jazz. Think of it as a relaxing day at the park — easy like Sunday morning.
Featuring 56 exhibitors representing galleries, art collectives, student groups, and independent art spaces, Art in the Park has become the perfect creative no-pressure zone for young artists looking to get their feet wet. The variety, along with its affordable price point — with pieces capped at PHP50,000 — make Art in the Park a favourite among both enthusiasts and amateurs. (Watch out for art from Siliman University, Tin-Aw Gallery, Boston Art Gallery, and Ina Gemperle, to name a few!)
“It’s like a treasure hunt, you never know what you’re going to find."
“It’s like a treasure hunt, you never know what you’re going to find,” says Trickie Lopa, one of the event organisers. And true enough, while the relaxed atmosphere and unpretentious soul of Art in the Park has remained constant within the past decade and a half, the artists featured have both changed and grown. Some who have started off at Art in the Park have now become recognised artists with multiple solo exhibits under their belt. This year, the featured artists include Richard Quebral, Dex Fernandez, and Jackie Lozano.
Richard Quebral, hailing from Vigan, will be exhibiting his colourful pieces, which were inspired by his background in architecture. Vibrant, geometric, and infinitely imaginative, Quebral’s works will also be available at the MFPI booth.
Dex Fernandez will be showcasing his multi-legged alter ego, Garapata, at his booth. Although traditionally a painter, Fernandez will be mass producing silk-screen images for Art in the Park. Guests are invited to bring their own shirts or tote bags for an original Fernandez design at a reasonable price. Merchandise including shirts and tote bags by Fernandez himself will also be available, next to the DJ booth.
University of the Philippines professor Jackie Lozano will be creating a live portrait at Art in the Park. Visitors can watch her in her element and converse with her as she creates a beautiful image from different paints.
This year’s featured cuisine will be Indian cuisine from Mantra Bistro who will provide cocktails, snacks, and meals. Enjoy a delightful sunset picnic in the park as you anticipate for the evening performance of Hoochie Coochie Mikkie.
While entrance to Art in the Park is completely free, proceeds from sales will go to supporting scholarships and grants supported by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines. Some worthy causes that Art in the Park has supported and will continue to do so include the funding of museum trips for public school students as well as the restoration of the San Sebastian Church.
Join your friends and family for a worthy cause and a delightful afternoon at Art in the Park this March 15, 2020 at the Jaime C. Velasquez Park in Salcedo from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
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