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ARTsmart Teams Up with the Museum of Encaustic Art for Benefit

Join us on Friday, November 10, 2017, from 5-7 pm, at the Museum of Encaustic Art (MoEA), Santa Fe. Sponsored by the Encaustic Art Institute, the evening includes great art, photography and a silent auction, accompanied by champagne and nibbles. Both ARTsmart and the museum’s children’s art education center benefit from sales. Photographs by Guy Cross, founder and retired publisher of THE magazine, are showcased along with more than 50 artworks by photographers and artists Cross has collected. You’ll also learn about encaustic, an archival medium that uses heat to fuse layers of beeswax and dammar resin with pigment to create optically stunning surfaces. Many thanks to MoEA founder/artist Douglas Mehrens for his continued support of ARTsmart. Tickets are $25/person (MoEA members free) and may be purchased at the door (632 Agua Fria St.) or HERE.

Feel the Joy on Giving Tuesday

At TEQ Sombrillo Elementary School, a special-needs student has found a reason to shine through instruction and art materials supplied by our ARTreachprograms. On November 28, 2017, you can help bring the joy of art-making to underserved kids in Espanola when ARTsmart joins the global giving movement called Giving Tuesday. Millions of people come together to support the community causes they believe in. Please visit our Giving Tuesday page to learn more about our ARTreach programs.

ARTsmart Hosts Visiting Artists Open House

In early October, professional artists and Santa Fe Public School (SFPS) art teachers convened in the ARTsmart Community Studio to kick off the 2017-18 ARTsmart Visiting Artist Program. The artists shared their talents and ideas for classes offered to elementary students. For more than six years, ARTsmart has funded this program for which the artists create lesson plans, supply materials, and teach hands-on artmaking during “mini-residencies” in SFPS classrooms.

As noted by art teacher Elaine Kidd at Ramirez Thomas Elementary: ARTsmart’s Visiting Artist Program makes a difference in the lives of my students, 85 percent of whom are Central American immigrants or first-generation Americans. When I brought Marines Perez from Guatemala to the classroom, my students learned about textile arts. But they also developed a pride in their cultural heritage, which can be suppressed as they assimilate into American culture. When Gasali Adeyemo from Nigeria taught my students about the traditional craft of batik, we also talked about immigration from an international perspective and the contributions that immigrants make to our community. I and the children thank you!

Meet the Artist: Aisha

Aisha is a second grader who loves “to be creative” during ARTclub. She has enjoyed the program since kindergarten and is very proud of the Dia de Los Muertos sugar skull she made for the upcoming holiday: “I learned to transfer my drawing onto tin and then how to emboss it,” she says, adding that ARTclub makes her “feel happy and re-energized.” When asked about her preferred art medium she says that “collage is my favorite because you can put many things together that are beautiful.”

Announcing New ARTsmart Board Member

Debra Hughes: Hughes is the author of Albuquerque In Our Time: 30 Voices, 300 Years. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies. A native of New Mexico, Hughes writes about the region’s land and conservation in periodicals such as Huffington Post, El Palacio Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and other publications. Her work on such topics was awarded a 2001 International Regional Magazine Award. She is a former founding advisory board member of Narrative Magazine and a member of the Author’s Guild.

 

ARTsmart Events

The ARTsmart & MoEA Benefit & Silent Auction
Friday, November 10, 2017, 5-7 pm, Museum of Encaustic Art
Tickets: $25 ea. Available at the door or online HERE

#Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, All Day

Annual Dinner & Auction, “You Will Be Served … Harvey Girls Style
Saturday, March 3, 2018, La Fonda On The Plaza
Tickets: $200 ea. For tickets and table discounts, please call 505-992-2787

ARTsmart’s Art of Home Tour with Keller Williams Realty
March 3-4, 2018, throughout Santa Fe County
Tickets: This is a free community event.

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