Mar 4, 2020

On Mar. 15, the grounds of the Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati will be home once more to Art in the Park, the country’s most affordable art fair. This year’s event will be bringing together 56 galleries, independent art spaces, art collectives and student groups, each showcasing a wide array of artworks in different styles and forms.

The event is free of charge and prices for all of the artworks sold at the event are capped at P50,000. Beyond making different forms of art more accessible, Art in the Park is also a fundraiser: A portion of the sales are donated to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI), in order to support its programs and projects for the National Museum of the Philippines.

The 14th edition of Art in the Park puts the spotlight on Richard Quebral, an Ilocos-based mixed media artist who specializes in whimsical vintage-inspired collages. One of his latest pieces, “Mang Eric’s Kawaiian Island Creations,” will be gracing the event’s postcards and prints, and his paintings will be available at the MFPI booth.

Visitors who want to strike up a conversation about art and the process behind it can look for Jackie Hontiveros Lozano, who will be holding a live portraiture demonstration. Throughout the event, she will be showcasing the process behind her Anonymous portrait style—which involves layered palette knife strokes.

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I can't express enough how amazing it is that I get to do this as my work. Ever since I could remember, I kept saying "I just want to paint". For work, for fun, for every time I get bored. I kept at it so much that I never got into video games, hardly went out the house, I even didn't watch tv—and I still don't now (uhh Netflix? What is that??) Nothing ever excited me as much as drawing and painting. Downside tho is I can't relate to everyone talking about the latest films and series and games and almost everything haha. Can we talk about plants instead? ⁠ ⁠ I got used to being different anyway, always following what I wanted, not a care of what others tell me to do. This also means I didn't mind being alone and left out sometimes. I know it's part of the pros and cons of pursuing this. ⁠ ⁠ I'm just glad of what I've achieved so far. And right now, I'm at this point again where I'm not sure if I should conform and follow the crowd, or could I possibly do something different again? Is my skin thick enough to go through more challenging new things out of my comfort zone even more? I'm simply writing this to tell myself YES, go fucking do it Jackie. Again and again, just do it. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #ikaj #artist #lifeofanartist #lifetalk #career #dreams #decisions #artiststudio #artph #oilpainting #portraitpainting #anonymous #netflix #workinprogress #justdoit

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Through his Garapata alter ego, visual artist Dex Fernandez will be installing the “Garapata Hatchery.” Here, visitors can participate in his art-making process by bringing a shirt, tote bag or any material that the artist’s quirky character can “infest” and latch on.


Header photo courtesy of Art in the Park

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