HIGH-QUALITY artworks at affordable prices were highlighted in the annual bazaar Art in the Park: An Affordable Art Fair at Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati last March 16.

The fair featured artworks from over 40 galleries and of established and emerging artists alike, including students from the University of the Philippines, Technological University of the Philippines, Feati University and UST. The price cap for the works was P30, 000, attracting art lovers of all types to come and take home unique pieces at affordable prices.

College of Fine Arts and Design students Marian Medina and Michael Uy showcased their works at the event. Uy painted a recreation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and a portrait of pop singer Justin Bieber.

Other Thomasians’ works were also featured as 98B COLLABoratory sold pieces by alumni Mark Salvatus and Constantino Zicarelli.

Upon random piles of canvases, an untitled work by Natural featured a poor family standing in front of a theater as the title of the film “We Are Our Ruins” flashed.

The art fair also showcased sculptures and mixed media pieces.

Scattered around the middle of the park were metal sculptures created by Pete Jimenez, while figures created from plastic bag handles by Mac Valdezco dangled from the trees, greeting passersby with their bright colors and striking shapes. Also a unique showcase was the graffiti work near the park’s playground.

Rose Lee, a newbie in the art scene, said that the art fair was refreshing, as it showcased prominent and novice artists alike.

“I have just recently started collecting pieces, and I am happy to see that there are other people like me who have dipped their toes in the art scene,” Lee said. “I liked the fact that people of all colors got together and just rejoiced in plain splendor of art.”

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