Amid the recent rise of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affecting not only the foreigners, who came from heavily-infected areas like China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan but also Filipinos, the organizers behind Art in the Park have decided to move the event to a later date.
Art in the Park is an annual market for affordable art, attracting throngs of art lovers and artists of all stripes, and highly anticipated by budding collectors. Supposedly set this March, the event has been happening Salcedo Village’s Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati City since 2006.
The fair offers visitors a range of paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and new media at prices P50,000 and below. A portion of all sales goes to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.
A total of 56 exhibitors will grace the event, hailing from established galleries like the Finale Art File and the Avellana Art Gallery, school groups Silliman University Fine Art Department and UP College of Arts, and art collectives The Thursday Group, Kulay Art Group, and Ang I.N.K.
This year’s featured artists include Richard Quebral, Dex Fernandez, and Jackie Lozano, who will hold a live portrait session at the park.
In an official announcement posted on the official Facebook page of Art in the Park, it states that:
As a reaction to the official statement, one person retweeted Art in the Park’s announcement on Twitter with a quote saying “Heartbreaking, but very wise decision. To everyone we invited to #ArtInTheParkPH (those planning to view our artworks at the #KASIBULAN booth), please take note of the postponement. God bless! Stay safe & stay healthy! #ArtLoversInTheTimeofCorona.”