A "Garapata" Hatchery Is Taking Over Art in the Park 2020

Plus everything you need to know about the art event.

(SPOT.ph) It's not farfetched to say everyone hates those tiny, multi-legged ticks that can make any dog-owner's life a bit of a nightmare. But for the upcoming Art in the Park on March 15, these arachnids—locally known as garapata—are taking over the grounds of Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati City. Well, not the disgusting kind; but Dex Fernandez's well-known "Garapata" character, creatively executed as stickers, graffiti, and murals along the streets of Metro Manila, the U.S., Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, and more. Fernandez is presenting a "Garapata Hatchery," in which Art in the Park visitors can hang out and participate in his art-making process.

"Particles Series" by Dex Fernandez (Pinto Art Museum, 2019) Garapata / Facebook

"You can bring with you this quirky, transforming, expressive, omnipresent personality if you’re willing to be infested," the artist said in a statement. "Just bring a shirt, a tote bag or any material that has a flat surface for ‘Garapata’ to latch on." The "Garapata Hatchery" is just one of the many features of this year's Art in the Park.


To make sure you're ready for it, here's a rundown of everything you can expect from the one-day art fair:

Art in the Park is a one-day art event held outdoors. Art in the Park / Facebook
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Admission is free. Art in the Park is known as Art Fair Philippines' more affordable counterpart, and this starts with the zero-peso tickets.


Art in the Park may run only for a day, but you have 12 hours to explore every bit of it. Premises officially open at 10 a.m., but there's no stopping you from lining up outside the venue as early as 7 a.m. (If there’s one lesson that the previous editions of this one-day festival has taught us, it’s that there’s truth in the adage that the early bird catches the worm.) But you can also arrive as late as 7 p.m., which brings a totally different mood to park—a more relaxed atmosphere, friendlier visitors (probably care of the wine), and shorter queues at the food booths.



Jaime Velasquez Park has always been the venue for Art in the Park since its inception in 2006. This small urban community park covers 0.7 hectares of the residential and commercial zone in Salcedo Village.

It showcases art in all forms, from paintings to ceramic. Art in the Park / Facebook

Art for Sale

Art Fair Philippines may have overwhelmed us with 61 foreign and local booths, but Art in the Park is taking things down a notch—well, just a bit. A total of 56 booths are representing art galleries, art collectives, independent art spaces, and student-artists. These include Silverlens, Art Wednesday, Kasibulan, Boston Art Gallery, Art Lab, and many more.

Prices of artworks are capped at P50,000. A portion of all sales will benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, which directly funds various projects by the National Museum of the Philippines.

Featured Artists

Aside from Dex Fernandez, the one-day art event is also showcasing Richard Quebral's colorful and whimsical art as official postcards and prints for Art in the Park. These will be available at the Museum Foundation of the Philippines' booth.

Jackie Lozano's first solo show, Hero, opened in March 2018 at Manila House in Bonifacio Global City.
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jackie Lozano
Courtesy of Jackie Lozano / Spot.ph Archives

Jackie Lozano will do a live-painting session at the park. You are encouraged to strike up a conservation with her about art as she draws and paints your portrait.

Art, Food, and Music

With its relaxed setting, Art in the Park is the perfect place to enjoy art with food, wine, and some music. This year's selection includes Mantra Bistro, which is known for its flavorful Indian dishes.

Adding to evening merriment is soulful music from a jazz trio, which will be followed with a special performance by blues street musician Hoochie Coochie Mikkie.

Art in the Park is on March 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Art in the Park's website.


Main image is from Art in the Park / Facebook

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