Friday, August 24, 2012

Freeway for MaArte 2012: Artisans Fair

MaARTe 2012 : Artisans fair
An exhibition and sale of outstanding Filipino Arts and Crafts

from Friday to Sunday, August 24 – 26, 2012
at the Powerplant Mall Rockwell.

MaARTe 2012 will gather from all over the country more than forty jewelers, fashion and home accessory designers and cultural entrepreneurs that have been carefully selected to showcase the best of Filipino arts and crafts. Conceived in the same spirit as Art in the Park, the Museum Foundation of the Philippines’ annual affordable art fair, MaARTe aims to make artisanal Philippine products more accessible to the public.  Because artisanal products are hand crafted, they come in small quantities and are only available to a select few that are fortunate enough to know about them.  Akin to the way Art in the Park brings contemporary art to a wider audience, MaArte will expose people to the beautiful work that is being done by artisans all over the country : Inabel blankets  from Ilocos, apparel from Abra, atbp, and Tepina, Davao made fabrics of Tadeco, decorative items and crafts from the Association of Negros Producers,  Bicol and Bulacan. It will be a wonderful opportunity to pick up something that has been crafted by hand and talk to the people involved in their creation. 




MaARTe will feature furniture and home accessories by A-11 studio of Eric Paras and Bungalow 300,  pottery by Joey de Castro, decorative storage from Monteville, tableware by Zentiments linens by Casa Kyla, table top decorations by Seagull Glass and Philippine Treasures; jewellery and fashion accessories by Tara Soriano, Riqueza of Erica Concepcion, Natalya Lagdameo, Gina jewellery, Ann Ong, Nesty Serrano, Junjun Ablaza,  Sittie Aleanah, Studio Boehmia and Ming Ong of Kathang Kamay,  fun and whimsical hats and fascinators by Hat Momma, beautiful beaded bags by Yvette Floro, Filipiniana inspired fashion by Cora Manimbo and jewellery by Oskar Atendido. A special booth of MaARTe finds curated by members of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines will showcase tea sets by sculptor Impy Pilapil, hand painted furniture by Jia Estrella and selected pieces from E. Murio. The National Artist Collectors' Series of Freeway will also be made especially available for MaARTe shoppers.

Abert Avellana, director of Avellana Art Gallery, one of the top galleries in the Philippines, is curating the exhibition to present the shopper with the experience of “living with art”.  




The Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI), founded in 1986 as the Concerned Citizens of the National Museum, has evolved into a membership and volunteer organization, raising awareness for Philippine culture and the National Museum. The Foundation conducts cultural study tours throughout the Philippines and a Sabado sa Museo program of talks that encourages families and adult audiences to visit the museum during the weekends. An important advocacy is the support of Philippine creative industries, which it does by organizing two annual volunteer-run expositions: the popular Art in the Park (an art fair for affordable art) and MaARTe (a fair that showcases museum-quality Philippine crafts).

Heading the team of MaArte 2012 : Artisans Fair are Maritess Pineda and Armita Rufino. Itis sponsored by BPI, Diamond Hotel, Vibal Publishing, Inc., Via Mare, Ralph’s Wine and Spirits, Milky Way Café and Cabalen.

Please contact Mae de Leon or Elvie Magpayo of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. at 697 9509 or inquiry@museumfoundationph.org for more information.

Don't forget, it will start today (Aug 24) until Sunday. It will be held at the Powerplant Mall Rockwell.

lovelove,
Shopgirl Jen

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