25 May 2010. At the May 20th board meeting of ARTsmart, voting took place on a change in officers and the addition of board members. ARTsmart, which is a 501c3 charitable organization, hosts the annual fundraiser, ARTfeast, which raises moneys supporting the arts in Santa Fe Public Schools. Its board of directors is an all-volunteer organization, with many directors having been involved since the inception of ARTsmart in 1993.

Officers. Connie Axton, who has served as ARTsmart president for the past two years, turned over those duties to Martine Bertin-Peterson, past vice president and owner of The Peterson-Cody Gallery. “Connie has been instrumental to ARTsmart since the inception of ARTfeast more than a decade ago. Her leadership and hard work have made our annual event a success that surpasses those of many local charitable organizations. She leaves very large shoes to fill,” Bertin-Peterson said.

Patricia Byrd, owner/publisher of The Essential Guide, an annual publication covering the arts in New Mexico, was voted in as vice president, and Bruce Adams, owner/publisher of the lifestyle magazine, The Santa Fean, was designated secretary. Bonnie French, director of Waxlander Gallery, continues as treasurer.

Directors. New directors appointed to the board are James Bottorff, Mayo Miller, Kate Collins, and Deborah Fritz, owner of Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art and GF Contemporary, who represents the Santa Fe Gallery Association. Continuing as a board member is Latricia Gonzales-McKosky, owner of InArt Gallery. “For most of the new board members, we drew from the ARTfeast committee, which is a group of volunteers that dedicates countless hours to creating Santa Fe’s most well-attended winter event,” Bertin-Peterson said, adding, “I’m also pleased to announce that Diane Deane will continue in her role as managing director of ARTsmart. Diane did a tremendous job organizing our 13th annual ARTfeast fundraiser, helping make it one of the most profitable on record. Our donation in 2010 is more than $111,000, bringing our cumulative contribution to Santa Fe’s schoolchildren to more than $830,000. We anticipate that our 14th annual event, which takes place February 25-27, 2011, will draw even more attention to the importance of the arts in helping young people become creative problem solvers in an increasingly complex world.”