How to Prepare for Art in the Park, Happening on March 22

There’s an overwhelming amount of art, be alert!

Aldwin Zapanta for Art in the Park


( We’re holding on to our coins and loose bills because the ninth edition of Art in the Park is almost here. The city’s most affordable art fair is back, bigger and more interactive than ever. Sculptures, paintings, and cotton candy took over the entire park (and the parking lot) in 2014. This year? The Soulful Mood trio and Vince Lahorra will fill the space between the booths brimming with eye-catching pieces from established and emerging artists from all over the country.



Rodel Tapaya for Art in the Park


Crowd-favorite Vinyl on Vinyl is behind one of this year’s special exhibits, representing Jood Clarino and Dennis Bato. The pair is working on ReciproCITY, a dynamic Rubik’s cube-like steel structure with video components that represent...well, you should really feel the themes for yourself. Also of note, Danny Dalena’s drawings will be previewed in Art in the Park’s official Facebook page on March 7 as a preamble for their very first online auction.


New things are happening, so here’s a guide to making the most out of Art in the Park on March 22. First tip? Parking might be difficult, so try not to bring a car or park elsewhere.


1. Keep your OOTD comfortable.

If heels are what make you run faster, then by all means wear them. However, if you’re planning on exploring the park, you might want to keep it casual.



2. Pick your hour

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and each hour is different. Early birds can enjoy the park sans throngs of people for better photos (and more time to peruse art, if you’re a collector), while around 4 p.m. is also quite perfect for Instagram-friendly shots of art with beautiful natural lighting. The evening, on the other hand, turns into a nice, relaxed street party for friends.



Kay Aranzanso for ANG I.N.K.


3. Sectioning works

The organizers always provide a map, and trust us, you should divide the park into quadrants and allot an hour for each (or more, if you want). After combing through the booths, make a pit stop in one of the 11 food and drinks outlets. This way, you don’t miss anything before you make a purchase.


4. Talk to the artists and the owners of the galleries

It’s an opportunity to learn; take it. They have funny stories to share about their struggles as an artist and, if you don’t spazz too much because you met your idol, you might just make the transition from fan to friend.


5. Bring a brown bag... case you start hyperventilating due to a celebrity sighting. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Visit Art in the Park’s official website for more information. Art in the Park is on March 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City

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