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6 Things To Watch For At Art in the Park 2017

Keep an eye out for these stunning pieces and the talented artists behind it

Photography: Art in the Park 2017 (Main Photo)

Art in the Park might just be one of the most unique fêtes in the Philippines. Known for being the affordable art fair, it has become the catalyst that gives life to art collectors with their offerings that don't go beyond P50,000. Apart from that, it also drops the guarded highbrow pretense of viewing art in closed spaces which makes an engaging fundraising event for the benefit of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

Set to take place at Jaime Velasquez Park on April 2, here are a few artists and independent groups that you should watch for at this art-savvy weekend happening: 

1. Camera Club of the Philippines

The presence of the Camera Club of the Philippines is a welcome addition to the exhibit as it addresses the need for high-quality prints that are fit for any modern abode. Whether you are a professional photographer or a humble enthusiast, don't hesitate to strike up a conversation with any of the artists who are manning the booth to gain a new friend and a few pro-approved tips, too!

2. Ang I.N.K

Independent art collectives often join Art in the Park as it is a great way to get their work on the commercial front. For those who love printed illustrations, look out for exhibitors like Ang I.N.K—they often offer a batch of promising prints, stickers, and postcards. Here's a friendly tip: most of Ang I.N.K members are sought out for their works on paper such as watercolor pieces by Raine Sarmiento and Tokwa Penaflorida.

3. Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery

Mixed media pieces are a part of Art in the Park, too—even functional art such as items from Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery, better known as the home of 10A Alabama Handmade Arts and Crafts Fair. From dressers to work desks, giving second lives to repurposed furniture is a surefire way to give your modern home a much-needed dose of old world charm. 

4. Viva ExCon

The longest running biennale in the Philippines, known as Viva ExCon, is participating in this year's Art in the Park. With its recently concluded run in Iloilo, collectors are eager to see and purchase art from the Visayas region and will be pleased to see this group continuing its thrust to become a platform for Visayas-based artists.

5. JV Calanoc

JV Calanoc is a paper artist. Using layers of cut paper sheets, he is able to come up with dimensioned artwork unlike the usual layered styles we're used to. His work has been part of L’Arc en Ciel Gallery’s “Amore” in 2016 and he has recently taught a paper cutting workshop at the Ayala Museum. 

6. Carzen Esprela

Esprela's "Bag in the Boat" is a 14-feet-long boat installation with arms slotted onto its side in place of oars with a figure that has a bag for its body at the helm. Carzen Esprela's piece was first showcased in Tin-aw Gallery's "8 Questions," a graduation group exhibition featuring works of UP College of Fine Arts graduates. 

PHOTOS: Art in the Park 2017 (Main, 1, 2 and 6) | @resurrectionfurniture via Instagram | Marz Aglipay | @jvcalanoc via Instagram 

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