27 JANUARY 2009.  ARTfeast kicks off  Friday, January 30, and Saturday, February 7, with receptions for the student artists in the “I Made It!” plate design competition. One hundred children were selected from more than a thousand entries to create ceramic plates for the ARTfeast weekend of events, 20-22 February 2009.  The public is invited to attend both receptions free of charge.

Edgar Esparza with unfinished plateEdgar Esparza with unfinished plate“We expanded our number of plates this year, giving more students a chance to realize their designs in ceramics and offering additional options for collectors who love to acquire plates for their collections,” said Mary Harbour, chair of the Children’s Plate Project. Each plate artist creates two plates. One that they get to keep and a second that is auctioned during ARTfeast weekend to fund future art projects for youth in the Santa Fe Public Schools.

PLATE SETS. On January 30 through February 5, three plate-sets comprising 12 original plates apiece go on display at Los Alamos National Bank, 301 Griffin St. A reception for the student artists takes place Friday, January 30, at 2 pm.

The plate sets reflect three different themes and will be auctioned during ARTfeast weekend. To view the plates and plate sets please go to: artfeast.com/kids/artwork.

Mimbres Memories. Sarah Gilman’s Chaparral Elementary students created Mimbres inspired designs in black on white. “I wanted to bring local relevance to my art lessons,” she says, adding that the students learned about the ancient Mimbres culture of southwestern New Mexico through  studying examples of Mimbres bowls decorated with geometric and figurative drawings of animals, people, and cultural icons. Then they created their own interpretations using personalized symbols and patterns. The plate set will be auctioned at the Friday, February 20, Fashion Show & Luncheon

Fabulous Frogs. Mimi Ponchione’s class at Agua Fria Elementary started out with an exercise in drawing shapes. Says Ponchione, “The kids worked from illustrations in the book Flashy Fantastic Rain Forest Frogs. They used circular viewfinders to establish a good composition and drew their paintings in a large placemat format, applied watercolors, and outlined in markers. Those students chosen to do plates had to reproduce their image again in two additional sizes. It’s tricky but the kids are excited by the process and feel special!” This plate set will be auctioned at the Gourmet Dinner on Saturday, February 21.

Love Bug Beetles. Art teacher Katy Hees revisited this 1960s movie with her fourth- through sixth-grade students at Carlos Gilbert and Acequia Madre elementary schools. “I always start the year with a theme and a life-drawing class,” Hees explains. “This year the theme was cars, and I had the kids draw my Jeep from life. Even though they were born decades after the 1960s, they know about the iconic Beetle and the era of hippies and flower-power. This was a study in patterns, and the references they used were an old Peter Max book and images of VW beetles in a variety of perspectives that I found on the internet. I turned them loose to create their own combinations!”  This plate set will be auctioned at the Artists’ Brunch and Auction on Sunday, February 22.

PLATE COMPETITION ARTISTS. On February 7, Ventana Fine Art hosts a reception for all the students artists in the competition. The reception takes place from 1-3 pm, at 400 Canyon Road.

One hundred plates will be on display, including the three plate-sets and 55 plates that will go up for bid at the Gourmet Dinner on Saturday, February 21. Among them are the winners of the competition:

Sarah Grey, Kearney Elementary, Grand Award
Dominque Romero, Larragoite Elementary, First Runner Up
Carla Dively Garcia Madrid, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Second Runner Up

Join us to celebrate the student artists during the receptions and mark your calendars to attend ARTfeast, which raises funds that ensure the arts are an integral part of every student’s education.