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Starting your art collection? Find your first piece at this casual art fair

March 16, 2019 – Vinz Lamorena


How does one transition from an art enthusiast to a collector? The thought of it may be daunting for some, knowing the hefty price tags that may come with contemporary works. But gatherings like Art in the Park make it less intimidating for the art-hunting crowd, including those purchasing for their small collections.

Art in the Park is set to return to Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati, this Sunday, Mar. 17. Various galleries and collectives, as well as independent artists and art spaces will be featuring a wide array of works from 10 AM to 10 PM. Apart from making art inclusive, the one-day event is also a fundraiser, donating a portion of its total sales to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of its projects.

Is it your first time visiting this casual and laidback art fair? We’ve got some tips for you:

Come early

Yes, we know not everyone can magically turn to a morning person, but once artworks are bought, chances are, these would be brought home immediately by its new owners. That means you’ll be missing out on some great sights and potential pieces that could’ve been part of your collection. Take note that Art in the Park begins at 10 AM.

Prepare for the heat

The summer season is among us, and the scourging heat knows no break. Art in the Park visitors are advised to dress comfortably, and since it’s a no-fuss exhibit, people are free to show some skin. You definitely won't regret bringing umbrellas, and wearing sunglasses and comfy shoes. Applying sunblock is also a must! But if you prefer to skip the damned weather, then come by sunset and stay the night—the fair’s vibe is totally different from the daytime, and more chill at that.







Have an art budget ready

One of the reasons why people head to this art fair is to surround themselves with what fuels today’s art pulse—to see the art trends and understand how they come to life, and equally witness a crowd of artists who create beyond the norm and follow a different set of standards. While you don’t have any plans of making an art purchase (for now), you never know if you’ll fall head over heels for an exhibited piece. Don’t worry, no artwork is worth more than P50,000.


Check out the works of featured artists

This year’s special exhibits and installations are by Zean Cabangis (exhibit on modern abstract in mixed media), Yeo Kaa (famous for her whimsical candy-colored characters, this time you’ll be seeing a 20-foot inflatable installation), Leeroy New (the guy behind “Aliens in Manila,” which features otherworldly creations in an urban landscape), and Oscar Mejia (memory and sensory-triggering scent installation, a first for this art fair).

There are also countless of budding artists you can meet at the event. Don’t hesitate to ask these contemporary creatives about their process and the inspirations behind the works they have on display—we’re sure that would be one heck of a conversation.






Look out for unsigned works

As part of a social experiment, an unsigned BenCab painting was sold at the art fair last year. A painting by Manny Garibay, another prominent local artist, was also in the mix. Hidden treasures like these give Art in the Park that additional thrill in the hunt. You just never know whose work among the contemporary greats they’re gonna put on sale.



It’s more than just art

Sure, you’ll be spending a bulk of your time looking around what the 56 exhibitors have curated for the visitors of Art in the Park—that includes paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, and new media—but there’s also performances by the jazz trio Soulful Mood and the Bleu Rascals to enjoy. The food choices are something to look forward to as well. Among the choices for a quick munch are 8Cuts, Cibo, and Sidechick.








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