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December, 2011. Every year ARTsmart sponsors and supplies materials for a variety of children’s projects, many in the Santa Fe Public Schools system. The 15th Annual ARTfeast Santa Fe includes the following projects, which will be for sale throughout ARTfeast weekend events, February 24-26, 2012.

“I Made It!” Plate Winners by SFPS Elementary Students
In October 2011, more than 1,000 elementary students participated in the “I Made It!” Placemat & Plate Project. Inspired by their art teachers, the children created placemats that were judged by an ARTfeast panel. More than one hundred were selected to be fired. Each child created two plates: one to keep and one that is auctioned. The placemats are used at seated events throughout the weekend. The winning plates are in a silent auction at the Saturday evening Gourmet Dinner.

Plate Sets Four plate projects were selected to become sets of 12 unique plates based on creative themes inspired by the art teachers. The sets are auctioned and one is a raffle item.
• Captivating Cats created by students guided by Katy Hees of Acequia Madre and Carlos Gilbert Elementary Schools. Auctioned at the Friday Art of Fashion Runway Show & Luncheon.
• Postcards from New Mexico created by students guided by art teachers: Mary Olson of Wood Gormley, Elizabeth Fisher of Aspen Community, Jennifer Kluck of Cesar Chavez, and Judy Bell of Piñon Elementary Schools. Auctioned at the Saturday evening Gourmet Dinner & Auction.
• Brilliant Butterflies created by students guided by Gretel Wanenmacher of Kearny and Lynn Grimes of Turquoise Trail Elementary Schools. Auctioned at the Sunday Artists’ Champagne Brunch.
• Fantastical Alebrije Animals created by students guided by Lynn Grimes of Turquoise Trail Elementary School and raffled throughout ARTfeast. Raffle tickets are $20 apiece, or three for $50; the winner is announced at the Artists’ Champagne Brunch.

Art Talks Painting Project with Santa Fe High School Students
Guided by ARTfeast Honorary Artist Poteet Victory, SFHS seniors working with art teacher Lori Andrews were given canvases and acrylic paints to create paintings based on Victory’s pioneering Abbreviated Portrait Series. Proceeds are split between students and the high schools. The paintings will be displayed and for sale at Red Dot Gallery and at the Saturday evening Gourmet Dinner.

Many Perspectives Sculptures with Santa Fe High School Students
For the past several years students in Al Trujillo’s advanced welding classes have created metal sculptures that are in a silent auction, which takes place during the Saturday and Sunday Art of Home Tour. This year the students collaborated with metal sculptor Christopher Thomson on an entry arboretum that will be in a live auction at the Saturday evening Gourmet Dinner. Proceeds are split between student-artists and the high schools.

Inspired Innovations by Aspen Community School Students
Working with art teach Shaki Kroopkin, students created hand-painted silk scarves that will be in a silent auction at the Friday Art of Fashion Runway Show and Luncheon.

Sharing Joy Greeting Cards by SFPS Elementary Students
Guided by their teachers, elementary students handcrafted one-of-a-kind greeting cards on premium watercolor paper. These unique cards are sold at events throughout the weekend and year-round at the ARTsmart offices.

RECEPTIONS

The public is invited to meet the artists and view their artwork at the following events.

• William & Joseph Gallery, 727 Canyon Rd., February 6-18. Winners of the “I Made It!” plates and placemat competition. Meet the artists and buy a plate at the Children’s Reception on Saturday, February 18.

• Red Dot Gallery, 826 Canyon Rd., February 23-March 20, 2012, artists’ reception Thursday, February 23, 4:30-7:30 pm. • Metal sculptures by Santa Fe High School students working with Al Trujillo and Christopher Thomson • Acrylic paintings by Santa Fe High School students mentored by Poteet Victory.