ARTsmart and Milagro Students Unveil Mural at Meow Wolf

Thank you to our “valentines” who attended the Mural Unveiling Reception at Meow Wolf on February 14th. Milagro Middle School students with the help of Meow Wolf artist Sahaih Escobedo and ARTsmart staff Mariel Garcia and Amanda Thomas created the mural, Galactic Forest. ARTsmart and Meow Wolf support young and emerging artists.

The mural is in the David Loughridge Learning Center at Meow Wolf (no need to purchase admission to view the mural) and the team of Milagro Middle School students, Arlene Hopkins, Sherlyn Khalsa, Desirae Lujan, Raven Mackey, Daphne Mentor, Maria Rivas, Anissa Romero, Adela Salas, Opal Trece, and their teacher, Grace Mayer came together to create Galactic Forest by using the “Meow Wolf Method,” as instructed Escobedo. Much like how the early 1920s surrealists used “automatic” writing and drawing to create new works, the youth brainstormed words they felt inspired by and drew them out of a box two at a time. (This is also how the Meow Wolf name came to be). Fantastical combinations of words lead the students to envision the art piece: Galactic Forest. The students painted in the Learning Center for two days during Meow Wolf ‘s yearly renovation period and the result is a stunning wonderland of happy, yet oozy, forest inhabitants crowned by a star-clad astronaut goddess reigning over a purple space-scape amidst a rainbow-vomiting weather front.

“This was an all around wonderful collaboration. Each part of the team worked hard to make it an incredible learning experience for the young artists. Our youth mural program works to expose students to new possibilities within their community, as well as to possible careers in art. The program teaches youth important skills, such as problem-solving, teamwork and promoting a positive change in the form of self and community awareness,” says ARTsmart Executive Director Amanda Thomas. Guests enjoyed a Valentine’s feast of baked goods and fresh strawberries, while students sold artworks based on concepts from the mural design. This project is a part of ARTsmart’s Youth Mural Program and made possible with funding from Hestia Fund Santa Fe. Please, take in the mural the next time you visit Meow Wolf.

Children’s Painted Ceramics Project -A Spectacular Reception

On February 10th, ARTsmart held its annual Children’s Painted Ceramics Project Reception at our Community Studio, where one hundred SFPS 5th graders and their families gathered to view the students’ paintings-turned-ceramic ware. This years winners, as determined by ARTsmart Board and staff votes, are: Grand Prize: Ndezolth Sauceda-Benally, 1st Runner Up: Jazmin Barela, 2nd Runner Up: Naomi Alvarez, and Honorable Mentions: Day Salcido, Dylan Starr-Salcido, Elissa Bruneni, Christian Herrera, Kaya Brenier, Briza Soto, and Sandra Almanza. Congratulations, winners! And congratulations to Amy Summa, SFPS Art Education Coordinator, (pictured below) who, for many years, coordinated ARTsmart’s Children’s Painted Ceramics Project. She will be retiring this years and will be missed.

During the reception, the valentine-making station drew a crowd that was guided by ARTsmart instructors Melinda Baker and Vanessa Gonzales. Santa Fe High School students, mentored by Barry McCuan, ARTsmart’s Honorary Artist, showed their water-based oil landscapes.  The young artists collected their salad plates to keep and donated their flower pots and plates, including a 12-piece dinner-plate set, to be sold at ARTsmart’s Annual Dinner & Auction. The set depicts sweet and tempting treats entitled, Fun Foods. A 12-piece dessert-plate set inspired by smiley faces will also be sold at our Annual Dinner & Auction on March 3. View this year’s ceramics selection here (click and scroll to bottom of page).

ARTsmart to Host Veteran Harvey Girls at Annual Dinner & Auction March 3

ARTsmart will celebrate its Annual Dinner & Auction at La Fonda On the Plaza, an original Fred Harvey House, with the theme, “You Will Be Served …Harvey Girls Style.” The Harvey Girls had service down to a science and delivered delicious meals to train passengers every 50 to 100 miles along the Atcheson Topeka & Santa Fe Railway since 1883.

While La Fonda’s excellent wait staff will serve dinner at the event, veteran Harvey Girls will be in attendance. Meet Bernette Jarvis and Beverly Ireland, twin Harvey Girls that worked at La Fonda in the 1950’s. Fresh from their Minnesota dairy farm (and not wanting to spend another cold winter there), they came to Santa Fe, a place they had visited as children, in 1955. With no previous service experience and being too young to serve liquor, they donned their starched white uniforms, while keeping the strict Fred Harvey standards, and served breakfast and lunch during the busy legislative session. Despite intending to stay only for the winter, the twins were kept on at La Fonda and worked until Bernette married in 1958 and Beverly left the following year.

The twins said they thought of their Harvey Girl experience as, “just another job,” until a Harvey Girls film aired on PBS and the New Mexico History Museum opened its ongoing Harvey exhibition. They will join us for our dinner and say they look forward to hearing our Honorary Chair and Harvey Historian, Stephen Fried, speak and to meeting all of you! This event is SOLD OUT.

See & Do: ARTsmart’s Art of Home Tour March 3-4

On the Art of Home Tour: 1310 Camino Corrales, Santa Fe

ARTsmart’s popular Art of Home Tour is a wonderful way to spend the weekend. Walk through homes showcased by Keller Williams and view various artworks from Santa Fe’s finest art galleries. The tour is free, with donations accepted, and the art is for sale with 10% of the proceeds going to ARTsmart programs. The homes, also for sale and available in a range of price points, are open from noon to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4.

ARTcamp Registration Open: Spring Break Folk Art Festival

Spring break is coming, so get ready to create colorful and enchanting folk art from materials ranging from wood, tin, and acrylic paint to gourds, eggs and clay. Instructor: Vanessa Gonzalez. March 19th – 23rd, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, for Grades K – 4. $125 fee includes healthy snacks and all materials. REGISTER NOW ONLINE, call 505-992-2787 or email for more information.

Meet The Artist: Jayden, 5th Grade

A 5th grader at Chimayo Elementary, Jayden holds his newly finished, Fauve-style self-portrait during the Artist Introduction and Presentation portion of ARTreach class. Jayden’s use of intense colors is characteristic of the Fauve style of painting. Recently, Jayden decided to work big in class, creating an oil pastel composition with repeated spiral patterns and curved lines that measures 48” x 18.”

Jayden says that, “in art you can make anything you want. It’s amazing that little (artwork) can turn into big (artwork).” He tells us that he started liking art when he began taking ARTreach classes. Before ARTsmart he says he colored pictures. Now he creates self-portraits, oil pastels, and watercolor paintings. Congratulations, Jayden, and keep up the focus and hard work.

ARTsmart Events

Annual Dinner & Auction, “You Will Be Served … Harvey Girls Style
5:30 pm Saturday, March 3, 2018, La Fonda On The Plaza
Tickets: $200 ea. For tickets and table discounts, please call 505-992-2787 or click HERE

ARTsmart’s Art of Home Tour with Keller Williams Realty
12- 4 pm March 3-4, 2018, throughout Santa Fe County
Tickets: This is a free community event (donations are welcome)

ARTsmart’s Edible Art Tour
5 – 8 pm June 8-9, 2018 Canyon Road and Downtown Santa Fe Galleries
Tickets: $35 ea. On sale soon

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CLICK HERE to view the emailed version of ARTsmart’s February 2018 Newsletter.