Sunday, February 19, 2012

USk Philippines at the Art In The Park 2012

It was another memorable experience for the USk Philippines as they participated this year's Art In The Park held last February 18 at Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City. It is organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines with the help of Barangay Bel Air, Security Bank, Go Pinoy Systems & Technologies Inc., ArtEdge Enterprises and SMART Communications. Proceeds from Art In The Park go to the foundation's programs that raise awareness and appreciation for the National Museum and its network.

The art affair was participated by more than forty exhibitors showcasing a treasure trove of works—paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, etc—from artists that range from the established, and the emerging, to the new. Participants include, among others, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Avellana Art Gallery, Art Verite, FEATI, and TutoK.  The National Museum has its own space, gave its staff the opportunity to show off their own artistic talents, too. Works by sculptor Leeroy New and surreal pieces from acclaimed Bacolod artist Charlie Co were also on exhibit. Artist Secret Fresh was also at the art fair, showcased and sell some limited-edition pieces by local artists.

USk Philippines is indeed fortunate that they were given a slot by the Museum Foundation. It was a nice turnout and a humbling experience; having sold some of the artworks by the urban sketchers was just a bonus; plus the appreciation and recognition we got from locals to foreigners to prominent and high profile people-- what was really good to know was that USk Phi was able to encourage many others to join and spread the awareness for the ARTS and "Show them the World, One Drawing at a Time."

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