Meet Our Board
Born and raised in an artist community in southern New Mexico, Gendron has been a part of the art scene all his life. He has a BA from UNM in intercultural communication with a minor in anthropology. He currently works as a financial advisor at the Rikoon Group, Santa Fe, with a focus in environmental and socially responsible investing. Gendron is a self-taught landscape photographer and volunteer for many organizations including YouthWorks, Volunteers for the Outdoors, and the Continental Divide Trail Alliance. He is fluent in Spanish and feels that working locally is the best way to make change on a global scale. He joined the ARTsmart Board in 2017.
Baker has worked for USAF, Texas Instruments, University of Texas at Dallas, and Raytheon. He spent thirty five years in operations and electronics manufacturing and ten years in sharing knowledge and organizational evaluations. Moved to Santa Fe in 2006 and is married to an artist. Has written two business books and edited a quarterly non-profit magazine for five years. He joined the ARTsmart Board in 2017.
Susan Hallsten McGarry
A native Minnesotan, McGarry moved to Santa Fe from Houston, TX, in 1998. She was the Director of the national group Plein-Air Painters of America (2000-16) and was Editor-in-Chief of Southwest Art magazine (1979-97). She received her MA in art history from the University of Minnesota and has authored more than 30 monographs, survey books, and catalogs on American artists and contributed to many more. Since 2005, she has been an ARTsmart volunteer and contributor to media projects, and in 2014 she joined the ARTsmart board.
Born and educated in Santa Fe, Vieira is a New Mexico State Legislature Committee Assistant seasonal employee, where she has spent five years on the House Education Committee. Prior to this she was an auditor for the New Mexico State Land Office in the Oil, Gas & Minerals Division. She is involved with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, where she served as State Treasurer and Vice Regent. She is a member of the City Different Retirees Educator Association and enjoys volunteering for her church. She joined the ARTsmart board in 2015.
Axton has been the owner/director of Ventana Fine Art on Canyon Road since 1983. She is as passionate about community involvement as she is about her gallery, actively participating on the Canyon Road Merchants Association, Santa Fe Gallery Association, Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community, Better Business Bureau, and Chamber of Commerce. She has been on the ARTsmart Board since in 1996, serving as Treasurer (2002-2008) and President (2010-2012, and 2014-2018). In 2008, she received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and her contributions were acknowledged in the Santa Fe New Mexican’s “Ten Who Made a Difference.” She also received the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Santa Fe Gallery Association.
Briscoe moved to Santa Fe in 1977 with a young family. She was employed by local Santa Fe bank and trust companies and in 1994 she became a certified financial planner, furthering her expertise in trust administration. She retired in 2016 but has served many organizations in the capacity of a Board member, including the United Way of Santa Fe County, American Cancer Society, Financial Woman’s International, and Santa Fe Estate Planning Council. She is currently on the Board of El Castillo Continuing Care Retirement Residences. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2017.
Calles is an eleventh generation New Mexican. He graduated from St. Michel’s High School, has a BFA in contemporary music from College of Santa Fe, and he operated his own recording studio for 5 years. He currently is a property manager for his family. He is an avid mountain biker and enjoys the outdoors. He joined the ARTsmart board in 2018 to help the local children’s community receive the much needed life experience that art is. He says, “I find that art in one’s life is just as important as water.”
Edmonds is a life-long artist and arts educator. A CT native, she received her MALS in painting from Wesleyan University and a BA in arts education from the College of New Rochelle in NY. Her career has spanned 36+ years including extensive experience as both teacher and administrator in her position as K-12 Visual Arts Coordinator for the Middletown Public Schools. Additionally, Edmonds worked as a consultant for the CT State Department of Education specifically in the areas of curriculum design and assessment. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants for her artwork as well as her contributions to arts education at the state and national levels. Widely exhibited in the Northeast, her works are included in numerous public and private collections. Edmonds continues to be a practicing artist, a very integral part of her life. In 2010, she established a home and studio in Santa Fe where she looks forward to continuing her own artistic pursuits. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2017.
Henry was born in Albuquerque. Her mother had her making art by age of 6. Her grandfather started Broome Furniture, often trading furniture for art with Santa Fe artists such as the Cinco Pintores, building an art collection. Her family moved to the East Coast where Virginia grew up and married into a family that was also known for the arts, allowing Virginia to build her own art collection. A real estate agent with Keller Williams, Henry and her business partner Claire Brouillette organized the 2017 ARTsmart Home Tour. Henry has raised three children with five college degrees among them. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2017.
Luck, a native Texan, has always been drawn to New Mexico, from its mountains to its art. She graduated from Texas State University and also attended Texas Tech University where she earned her J.D. Since moving to New Mexico five years ago, she has worked in both civil and criminal litigation, and she now practices at Montgomery & Andrews, P.A., in Santa Fe, in the areas of civil litigation and administrative law. Luck currently serves as a Commissioner of the New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice and as the Program Director for the New Mexico Young Lawyers Division’s Homeless Legal Clinics. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and snowboarding in the mountains. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2018.
Martinez was born in Colorado and raised in Taos and Santa Fe, NM. He graduated from St. Michael’s High School and earned a BA in Art History with an emphasis on gallery management from Arizona State University. He has worked in three major galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe for the last 15 years and has been in registration and sales at Ventana Fine Art since 2013. He has a 17-year-old son and is helping his partner raise her 12-year-old daughter. He has enjoyed devoting time to coach basketball and baseball at the high school and primary school level. A strong advocate for the importance of art in education, Martinez has been an active participant and volunteer with ARTsmart since 2003. He joined the ARTsmart Board in 2018.
As the Arts Education Coordinator for the Santa Fe Public Schools, Summa has worked closely with ARTsmart to enrich Santa Fe’s youth through visual arts for over 14 years. She built the visual arts program in the public schools from the beginning, following years of being the PTC president of her children’s school and other volunteer work in the schools. She was awarded the Art Education Advocacy Award from the New Mexico Art Educators Association in 2012, and received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2016. She retired from SFPS in June 2018 and is excited to continue to work with ARTsmart as a board member. She joined the ARTsmart Board in 2019.