Last May, our family of five settled ourselves in BGC for another ten-day mural festival organised by Honeycomb Arts and Lebasse Projects. Similar to the one we had last year, a mix of artists from other countries and from here showcased their awesome skills and capabilities by painting life and magic onto walls and corners around the city.
We had a spectacular time! And of course, I had set out to document every moment. Like last year, I had put together another mini album compiling our experiences. This time, though, I decided not to scrap-on-the-spot and simply enjoy each day while taking loads of photos. But I started working on it a month after and just a couple of weeks ago, finally completed it!
So, let me share with you the highlights of those ten days through my scrapbook spreads and photos…
BGC Art Mart
Unlike last year, this week had been a lot more busy. I, personally, had a lot more going on in my schedule and more responsibilities to take care of, one of which was BGC Art Mart. Art Mart is a project of the Bonifacio Arts Foundation geared toward providing a space for local artists to showcase their original works of art. I took on the role of organising the two-day event and also putting in new concepts to keep making it a fun and interesting affair, not only to shoppers but also to the artists who are regularly involved. So aside from selling art, we put in craft stations where people could get their hands a little dirty and join in the art-making.
Urban Sketchwalk With Robert Alejandro
Another new feature we added to Art Mart was a sketch walk with Robert Alejandro. At first, I didn’t think it would happen because Kuya Robert simply is a very busy man and this seemed to be such a puny little activity for a big artist like him. So you can just imagine how ecstatic I was when he replied to my email and agreed to do it! Even more so, when, after just a day of opening registrations, we had doubled our target number of participants!
We had 33 people join us that afternoon — both artists and non-artists. Kuya Robert did not fail either. He spoke wisdom and shared his heart out. The artists were challenged and shaken, while the non-artists came out of their shells and discovered a new side of themselves. But everyone seemed to have come out of it enlightened. It was just fantastic! Personally, it was a great way to jumpstart this art-filled week of my life.
The kids and I did a whole lot of walking and exploring. I made sure we had a big breakfast in the mornings so we had all the energy we needed to go out, play and visit the walls. It was tiring of course. The kids don’t always want to go out and walk, specially when we stay in an air-conditioned hotel room with a TV showing cartoons all day. There were times they’d rather stay indoors or when we’re already out, beg to go back. But I insisted on our walks and we always ended up discovering new things and having a good time.
Up Close and Personal
Of course, seeing the artists at work had always been awesome. This is part of why I insisted to take the kids walking in the afternoons to visit the walls. It would always be interesting to watch them do their magic, observe their styles and techniques, as well as get to interact with them a little bit.
The kids have their favourite parts about the different paintings as well and you notice those elements come up in their own drawings later on. I love that part about being present during these art festivals. Yes, it becomes a conversation piece among grown-ups, specially on social media, but just as well, it becomes like a large-scale art demonstration, free and open to everyone, even the kids, to learn from. My family and I are fortunate to be present and amongst the artists during this time, so yeah, we’re taking in everything we can, learning from all these brilliant people.
This ends Part 1 of this feature. There are just too many things about those ten days that I don’t want to ever forget! More about the festival coming up in Part 2… 🙂