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For one day every year, for 12 years now, the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village in Makati, becomes a treasure trove of Art at Art in the Park. Yes, that’s Art with a capital A. On April 15, Art lovers from all walks of life will flock to the park like prospectors in a gold mine, checking it out for brilliant artists in the rough, or even for that one artwork to finally start their collection. Whatever your reason might be for moseying over at the Salcedo Park on that fine Sunday, here are seven things that you will definitely find over there:

Affordable Art. You won’t find eye-popping prices that you saw on artworks at the Art Fair last month here. Art in the Park put a cap of P50,000 on the artworks, so it is possible to be able to afford purchase a coveted piece — a painting, a sculpture, a photograph, or pottery — for much less than that. So, you’d better move fast. 

Art in daylight. Yep, no paintings mounted on a whitewashed wall and illuminated beautifully here. Because the set up is very relaxed and informal, the art that you’ll see there are displayed more like bazaar items than gallery pieces.

Installations by featured artist Tekla Tamoria. Tekla’s a UP Fine Arts graduate and a splendid multimedia artist. Her paper installations, Colony, will feature her personal creative take on beehives. Convex forms shot through with hexagon-shaped holes and clustered together in random patterns will adorn the park’s trees, a fitting backdrop for her organic and nature-inspired pieces.

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Jacob Lindo’s collages. Another featured artist for Art in the Park this year. His art will be available at the MFPI booth. His Did You See The Words #4, exhibited in 2017, captures the unexpected yet light-hearted feel of Art in the Park.

Works of new and established artists. 59 galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student groups are participating in Art in the Park and who knows? That piece you buy could be by a future National Artist one day?

Great food. Of course, there will be food! And since it’s Art in the Park, it will be as exceptional as the art on display, especially with the street food of acclaimed chef Margarita Fores, who is the featured chef at this year’s fair. Food concessionaires will make available a variety of dishes that will cater to all types of tastes, with even vegetarian meals in the offing. 

Great music all day and into the night. Jazz music by Soulful Mood will be playing throughout the day, and in the evening, Bea Lorenzo will take the stage. Her soulful voice with the resonant notes of her kalimba would be a fitting finale at the close of what Art in the Park hopes to be an awe-inspiring day.

Art in the Park is happening on April 15, 2018, from 10 AM to 10 PM at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati.

For more information, please visit www.artinthepark.ph or follow Art in the Park on Facebook www.facebook/artinthepark and Instagram @artintheparkph.

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