The annual Art in the Park will take place on Feb. 18 at Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati.
The fair is a convenient way to see works by established, emerging and new artists all in one place.
This year, art-toys gallery Secret Fresh joins the fair for the first time, selling limited-edition pieces by local artists.
Also on sale will be a video installation by Ivan Despi and Pauline Vicencio-Despi titled “Babel,” which Trickie Colayco-Lopa describes as “a kaleidoscope of body parts.”
Lisa Ongpin-Periquet adds: “It’s riveting and cleverly put together.”
As has become tradition, the fair also features installations by guest artists. Previous installations have included sculptor Leeroy New’s wrapping one of the park’s trees with orange plastic tubing, and sculptor Pete Jimenez’s scrap-metal sculptures.
This year, Bacolod artist Charlie Co will create an installation with life-size figures based on one of his paintings.
New returns to show his wearable sculptures.
“There’s no pressure to buy, a lot of people come just to hang out,” says Periquet.
There will be musical performances by jazz quartet Soulful Mood and hegalong (two-stringed T’boli boat lute/guitar) advocate Diwa de Leon (2011 Cinemalaya Best Sound and Best Musical Score awardee for Auraeus Solito’s “Busong”).
Refreshments will be available from Straits Wine Co., Window’s Café, Nic’s Bakeshop, Golden Spoon, and Rafik Shawarma.
A few feet away from the park, The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences will host an exhibit of TV personality Kim Atienza’s personal collection of paintings.