Art in the Park Goes Online

Art in the Park, held annually at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati, used to be a summer rite of passage for years. Every March or April on a Sunday, hundreds (thousands, recently!) would flock to the community park to view the dozens of galleries (most are known, some up-and-coming), find that affordable art gem, eat ice cream and paella with the kids, hear live music, and guzzle wine or beer into the humid night.

If there’s anything that captures the Art in the Park spirit best, it’s this Yeokaa installation last year.

Sadly, for the first time in a decade, Art in the Park was cancelled because of the pandemic. But then the Museum Foundation of the Philippines and AITP organizers regrouped and put up an Art in the Park virtual fair, which will run from August 10 to 17, 2020.

A lot of art schools participate in Art in the Park, such as FEU, as seen here. Good way for the students to put their works out there!

When you go to the Art in the Park website, select the gallery you want to see, then click on the artwork you want to buy. Payment is made online. Hurry, a lot of the pieces are going really fast!

The popular Potters’ Group section, with works by the Pettyjohns, Joey de Castro, EJ Espiritu, and the Sagada potters.

Aside from shopping, there are online activities like Robert Alejandro’s live drawing sessions on Tuesday, online musical performances, among others. It ain’t the same, but art must go on!

Vinyl on Vinyl
Among the online exhibitors this year: Space Encounters (pictured here), Archivo 1984, Avellana Art Gallery Silverlens, Tin-Aw, Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects, among many others.
What we miss from the old Art in the Park: bringing our kids and meeting up with good friends.

As with before, all pieces sold don’t go beyond P50,000. And sales will benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines. Here’s hoping to return to the real park next year.

Art in the Park online will run from August 10 to 17, visit their website to shop. (All photos here are by the author)

Published by medinarach

I am an interior designer, writer, and content editor for print and web. Join me on my adventure as I look for design inspiration, art, and culture in everyday life.

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