Art in the Park

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Anyone should be able to own art. But prices of artworks nowadays are too prohibitive for common folks like me. The Art in the Park event organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines solves the challenge of making art by Filipino artists ‘affordable’ and reachable in a venue where there is a great amount of access.

Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village Makati is popular for its weekend market. But once a year, the regular food vendors give way to a gathering of selected art galleries and art groups for this annual celebration of Pinoy art.

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Blending together with the lush greenery were large scale sculptural installations that transformed Salcedo Park as an exhibition of contemporary art.  Each sculptural installation was creatively placed in the flower beds along the walkway or were hanged or coiled on tree branches.

Greeting spectators is the happy-looking sculptural painting by Dex Fernandez. In the central walkway, we passed under Mac Valdezco whimsical plastic sculpture. Then there is the installation by Pete Jimenez that invites spectators to interact with his assemblage of found metal objects.

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Off course, the happiness is in seeing the enormous array of artworks on sale. Browsing at the original paintings, prints, pottery, sculptures, collectible toys, jewelry, wearable and useful art showcased in each booth has been an exciting learning experience.

In the process of looking at the works of young artists alongside with some of the established names in Philippine art, we are learning more about the current art scene. Events like this provide an opportunity to prepare and educate new generation of collectors who will perhaps together with our young, emerging artists be the key players of our future local art industry.

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We also enjoyed most of the side activities. We watched Neil Arvin Javier performed his on-the-spot graffiti mural by the playground and the fishballs and fruit drinks at the food strip. Talk about multi-sensory impact!

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To be immersed in trove of art is overwhelming. But given the relax atmosphere, we find it easy to ask about the art pieces that interest us and find out more about artists who created them from the artists themselves and the friendliest gallery owners present at the 2013 edition of Art in the Park.

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