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Women of Pearls: Trickie Lopa, Co Founder ART FAIR PHILIPPINES, ART IN THE PARK

The thriving art scene in Manila came to life thanks to platforms like ART FAIR PHILIPPINES and ART IN THE PARK. Both annual events have made art appreciation more accessible, especially to young collectors and enthusiasts. Alternately, it was through these events that emerging artists were provided a venue to connect with their audience. Behind these two pioneering events, is Art Fair and Art In The Park Co Founder, Trickie Lopa.



An illustrious career in art could only be fuelled by passion. Trickie explains, “You can’t fake passion. That will always come through. Theoretical knowledge and skills, you can gain that along the way. Better to be honest and genuine. Own up to aspects you don’t fully grasp. In art, there are many! But you can make up for that by keeping yourself open to new insights and ideas.



  1. What keeps you busy these days?


The first quarter of the year is always pretty hectic, as we normally hold two annual events, Art Fair Philippines and Art in the Park, in February and March respectively.  The frenzy starts mid-year of the previous year, gradually building up as the event dates near. 


This year proved to be the same as any other pre-pandemic year. We shifted the two events online, but the preparations amounted to the same amount of work--- maybe even more!



  1. How did you come to find your current career or life’s work?


Oh gosh!  Where do I begin? By following my bliss!


(I was going to give you a long history--- then I realized you probably didn't want to hear all that!) 


  1. What is it about your work or career that you enjoy most? 


Being around what I love--art all the time. I love enjoy being around people I can talk art with 24/7.




  1. What do you consider to be “hazards of the job?”


The same as any other job. You may make the wrong decisions about certain things, and that may get you in trouble.



  1. For women who aspire for similar careers, what would be your advice?


You can't fake passion, that will always come through.  Theoretical knowledge and skills, you can gain that along the way. Better to be honest and genuine and own up to aspects you don't fully grasp. In art, there are many! But you can make up for that by keeping yourself open to new insights and ideas.



  1.         What are the career milestones that inspire you to break the glass or mold? 



I'm not sure I know how to answer that.  I just know that I do have plans for the next phase, and am biding my time to make sure I get there. 



  1. How do you balance work and family life? What are activities that enable you to bond with family?


Now that my kids have grown, the push and pull between work and family life doesn't come into play any more. 



  1. How do you unwind or rewind? Any favorite spots in your current city that you consider as your me-time haven?


For the past year, stuck at home, it's been my lanai.  The end of the day will find me leaning back and catching either a talk on art and design, scrolling through Airmail Weekly, The New York Times, Business of Fashion, or watching an espionage series.  Le Bureau is my favorite these days.


  1. How would you describe your personal style?


I think I lean towards silhouettes with a bit of an edge. I hardly wear florals or stripes.  




  1.       What for you makes for a good investment piece?




  1.       What do pearls mean to you?


Gifts from my mother.  I had earrings with small dangling pearls that I would wear to school everyday.