This is great news.
People have been getting more and more into arts and crafts lately, with the rise of doodling and coloring books for adults as forms of art and expression to thank partly for it. This is good news for Filipino artists and the rest of humanity. Goodness knows we need more positivity and any kind of empowering form of self- expression in our lives.
The BGC Art Mart event held seasonally is one great way of showcasing Filipino craftsmanship and I am truly honored to finally be a part of it. I’ve been hearing and reading about BGC Art Mart for such a long time now that it has become one of my goals to set up my own booth and meet people who share the same passion and to finally see my dream happen feels phenomenal.
My sister helped me set everything up and I’m very thankful for her help! I couldn’t have done it without her.
We chose an area that had a great view and feel of that Sunday at BGC vibe. It was great. Not so much during the afternoon though when the sun threatened to burn the backs of your legs. People were hesitant to pass by our area when the sun was at its hottest so I might choose another area to set my booth up next time.
This may look weird but really I thought I had to put it up! I felt like some of the other customers (especially the younger ones) were so shy that they would give my booth a really quick look, buy prints and timidly run off! I could feel some of them wanting to check out my art prints a bit longer which I understand since as an art enthusiast, I have the tendency to look at artworks a bit longer than necessary because I like to appreciate and observe every detail on the artwork.
One of the main reasons why I was so excited about going to BGC was because of the other merchants! I recognized some of them because they were famous on Instagram and Facebook so really, just imagine being with people you look up to!
Since I had my sister with me I asked her to man the booth for a while and took this as a chance to roam around and take pictures of the other merchants’ booths which I was extremely excited to do.
Our booth neighbor who had cute and edgy prints to offer, N+G. Check them out!
When the lights turned on, there was a collective oooh and aah and the excitement was palpable. The night was alive.I had seen a lot of people look at my art like this and I am really honored to have shared even a brief connection with them through my art. One of the main reasons why I continue making art is because I want to inspire people even in as small a way as a fellow artist who has felt a tingle of inspiration just by seeing my artworks. A picture with two veteran artists!
I was in BGC Art Mart for 12 hours! I was tired at the end of the day but it was the kind of exhaustion that I welcomed. I ran out of business cards and some of my prints even got sold out! I had such a great time during those 12 hours and made memories that I wish to never forget.
And remember: Always support local!