Announcing New ARTsmart Board Member: Jacob Martinez

ARTsmart is delighted to welcome our newest Board of Directors Member Jacob Martinez. Martinez, a long-time volunteer for ARTsmart, joined the board in May and hit the ground running by co-chairing ARTsmart’s Edible Art Tour in June.

Born in Colorado and raised in Taos and Santa Fe, he graduated from St. Michael’s High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with an emphasis on gallery management from Arizona State University.  He has worked in three major galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe over the last 15 years, with the most recent five in registration and sales at Ventana Fine Art.  He has a 17-year-old son and is helping his partner raise her 12-year-old daughter. He has enjoyed devoting time to coach basketball and baseball at the high school and primary-school level.  A strong advocate for the importance of art in education, Martinez has been an active participant and volunteer with ARTsmart since 2003.

He says, “I joined ARTsmart to help offer a meaningful and positive experience to the children of northern New Mexico through making art.  I hope to contribute to the enrichment of our children knowing that ARTsmart stimulates and nourishes their intelligence, creativity, self-confidence, and problem-solving skills – not just in the present but in whatever future career paths they take.”

Congratulations and welcome aboard, Jacob!

Summer ARTcamp at ARTsmart: Fine Art and Fun

Summer is in full-swing at ARTsmart’s ARTcamps and campers are having a blast. There are still a few weeks of ARTcamp left with room in our Bookmaking/Papermaking and Cartooning/Graphic Novel camps. Register your little artist HERE. Enjoy photos of our campers and their masterpieces. Click on a photo to see full size image.



Museum of Encaustic Art to Feature ARTcamp Student Work

Encaustic /en’kôstik/: a means of painting using pigments mixed with hot wax that are burned in as an inlay.

ARTsmart students learned encaustic techniques with crayons and special electric hotplates so they could make wax paintings during ARTcamp with instructor Melinda Baker and Douglas Mehrens of the Encaustic Art Institute. These colorful creations will be part of a national juried exhibit, thanks to the Institute’s Museum of Encaustic Art and their Global Warming Is Real exhibit. Student paintings inspired by extinct and endangered animals and fashioned into an illuminated “tower” is on display at the museum at 632 Agua Fria Street in Santa Fe until September 2.

Museum membership or admission ($6-$8) is required to view the entire exhibit but the ARTsmart students’ contribution is free to view – just inquire at the front desk. Thank you to Douglas Mehrens and the Encaustic Art Institute for the instruction and use of encaustic art materials and the opportunity to show ARTsmart children’s work in a professional museum setting.

Global Warming is Real: ongoing through Sept. 2, 2018 at Museum of Encaustic Art 632 Agua Fria St. Call 505.989.3283 for more info.



Inside] Out: The heART of Mental Illness

Inside] Out is a group of artists that create work at residences and drop-in centers for those with mental illness in Santa Fe and surrounding communities. Since May, artists from Inside] Out have been utilizing space at the ARTsmart Community Studio to hold their weekly classes and preparing works of art for their 6th annual exhibition and sale. The show opens with an Artist’s Reception at 5 pm Friday, August 10, at CCA Cinematheque Gallery.

The exhibition is part of Inside] Out Arts, a program of Santa Fe’s Compassionate Touch Network, and the annual event gives those with mental illness a venue for sharing their art in a professional gallery setting while raising awareness for mental illness. The group is headed by Executive Director Michele Herling and Michele Relkin Altenberg, a Santa Fe artist whose son struggled with addiction and mental illness. The group has grown to include many professional artists and volunteers who offer mentoring and art classes at residential and drop-in centers in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Teacher Michele Relkin Altenberg says, “Inside] Out was a vision I had six years ago. It embraces the opportunity for my students to have and express their creative abilities. Our new space at ARTsmart is a dream. The building is great and very artful and the staff is very interactive and supportive of this special class. Thank you!”

ARTsmart’s Community Studio is proud to be the new Santa Fe home for the weekly classes, which formerly were based at Warehouse 21. Please join ARTsmart at the Inside] Out art exhibition and sale at 5 pm on August 10 at CCA Cinemathique 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe. Artwork will remain on display during regular business hours until August 19.



Meet the Artist: James, Age 7

We are excited to celebrate James, a shining 7-year-old art student, who attended two week-long ARTcamp sessions: Sculpture Factory and Passport to the Arts. We asked James which of the art projects he enjoyed making the most. “I liked all of them,” he replied, “but I liked making the Alebrijes (brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of mythical creatures) best because I like gluing stuff together.”

“I made a bunny and a robot person,” he continues, “and I painted my bunny chocolate brown and then I put polka dots on it. I like using different colors.”

ARTsmart Events

ARTsmart Student Work Featured at Museum of Encaustic Art
632 Agua Fria Street, Santa Fe
July 14 to September 2, 2018
Tickets: Museum admission ($6-$8) for the Global Warming is Real exhibition but viewing the ARTsmart children’s art is FREE –inquire at front desk.

ARTsmart Annual Dinner & Auction at La Fonda On the Plaza
100 E San Francisco Street, Santa Fe
March 2, 2019, 5:30 pm
Tickets: Available Soon


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Click HERE to view the emailed version of ARTsmart’s July 2018 Newsletter.