Flooding Renovations Update: Lockwood Construction Hard at Work

After the storm that damaged much of ARTsmart’s Community Studio (ACS) on July 23, we are pleased to announce that work began in November and though it is still ongoing, staff is back at work in the offices. Lockwood Construction is busy getting ACS back in working order and even better than before. Our art instructors love the new carpet (pictured above) and we are so happy to have new insulation and drywall installed (pictured below). We wish to thank the following people and businesses for generously donating to help us with our campaign to Reopen the Community Studio:

Herb Adcock, Connie Axton & Ventana Fine Art, Bill Baker, Teri Balick, Debbie Birkhauser, Gay Block, Evelyn Blum, James Bottorff, Robert & Janet Brackey, David & Cheri Briscoe, Laird & Corky Brown, Victoria Brown, Tonya Turner Carroll and Turner Carroll Gallery, Patricia Copple, Michael & Julie Dawson, Dave & Jacqueline Duchane, Stephen Evans, Charles Fugitt, Peter Garcia, Garfield Street Foundation, Patrick Gendron, Daryl Warren Giddings & Linda Shoen Giddings, Marvin Godner, Mark Greenberg, Virginia Henry,  Arnold Hershman, John Schaeffer & Sherry Ikeda, Mariel Margery Johnson, Ellen Kemper, Peggy Kinstler, Angela Kirkman, Mary Larson, Patricia Lease, Kaitlyn Luck, Jacob Martinez, Phil & Linda McCurdy, Susan Hallsten McGarry, Bryan Neiter, Dan & Lynn Neiter, Abel Ochoa & Impact Printing, Mary Olson, Janet Page, Armando Pando, David Paradice, Doug & Dana Perrin, Bill & Sharon Peterson, Amanda Ruffin, Barbara Rugg, George & Karan Ruhlen, Santa Fean LLC, William Schindler, Alan & Devra Shapiro, Genie Shuller, Sharon Starkey, State Employees Credit Union, Dr. Stephen Storey, Sam & Amanda Thomas, Richard & Rachel White, Karla Winterowd & Winterowd Fine Art, and Deanna Woodruff.

What you can still do to help:  Your contribution will help us greatly. Simply click the blue donation button at the top right hand of your screen. ARTsmart does not have space to collect or store any in-kind donations of art supplies, furniture, or books at this time, but we will gratefully accept them in the future.

ARTsmart Board Welcomes New Member Carlos Calles

Carlos Calles is an eleventh generation New Mexican. He graduated from St. Michael’s High School, earned his BFA in contemporary music from College of Santa Fe, and operated his own recording studio for 5 years. He currently manages properties in Santa Fe for his family business and is a talented leatherworker, creating and selling handmade belts. He says, “I joined the ARTsmart Board of Directors to help the local children’s community to receive the much needed life experience that art is. I find that art in one’s life is just as important as water.” Calles looks forward to helping ARTsmart maintain our Community Studio building, “making sure it is safe and can be used to its fullest potential to help students.”

Calles has been lucky enough to have art education early in his life, something not all New Mexicans can claim. “I attended The First Presbyterian Church Child Development Center here in Santa Fe,” he says. “We would visit the then-operating Shidoni Foundry and gallery in Tesuque.  And most of our field trips were to museums. My teachers Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Wagner loved to teach us about art and expose us to how art could give our lives joy and how one could express their emotions by creating art. I also grew up attending El Rancho de Las Golondrinas Living Museum. My childhood friend Sergio Tapia, and his Father, Chicano Sculptor Luis Tapia who lives as an artist in residence on the ranch, exposed me to my local culture during these visits. I think these early art experiences shaped me into the man I am today, and gave me my appreciation of art. I am very grateful for that.”

When he’s not managing properties or creating leather belts by hand, Calles is an avid mountain biker and enjoys the outdoors. ARTsmart is proud to have him on our team. Welcome, aboard, Carlos!



Heidi Loewen Shines and Sculpts Lives as ARTsmart’s 2019 Honorary Artist

Every year ARTsmart chooses one inspirational New Mexico artist to hold the title of Honorary Artist. The Honorary Artist works with a group of Santa Fe high school students, mentoring them and helping them to create works of art for sale at ARTsmart’s Annual Dinner & Auction on March 2, 2019. (The student keeps 50% of the sale and the remaining 50% goes back to his or her high school’s art program). This program connects students with their community while teaching them about careers in art. Honorary Artists are the featured guests at the Annual Dinner & Auction, get featured in an annual video, and generously offer their own works of fine art to the highest bidder in the live auction.

ARTsmart is pleased to have Heidi Loewen, ceramist and owner of Heidi Loewen Fine Art gallery, as our 2019 Honorary Artist. She says, “To have been selected for Honorary Artist anywhere in the world is a tremendous honor, perhaps even more so in Santa Fe, since we are one of the top art cities in the country.”

Loewen adds that the best part of having been chosen is to be able work with over 40 Santa Fe High School students to create artwork which inspires them. “For many, this will be the first art sale of their lives and they will discover that art creation and commerce can be equally creative,” she says.

The project she and her students are working on together is titled: I’d Like to Walk a Day in Your Shoes.

“The students are extremely enthusiastic to create their own shoe designs in clay to be decorated and embellished — wildly!” she says. Loewen is known for her own ceramic shoe sculptures that are stiletto high heeled and embellished with sequins, gold leaf, fur, or paint like the shoes pictured here (right) that have Chromallusion Mirrormetric color-changing pigment that is used on automobiles.

“Each week the students open up more and more. To hear their viewpoints and feelings on what is happening in the world today is remarkable. Our project ties into this theme with all their shoe creations,” she says. The students are also collaboratively sculpting two very large shoes out of clay which will have smaller, colorful and exotic shoes attached and hanging from them.

“I have loved teaching and owning my private gallery and studio on Johnson Street for 25 years, since coming to Santa Fe. What a rewarding experience to work with so many students at such an impressionable and tender young age!”

On the first day of the program, Loewen mentioned to the students that she was interested in hiring a paid art intern for her gallery. “A lovely sophomore, Adrianna Ritch, immediately put her hand up. She has since commenced working splendidly at my gallery! I am grateful to work with the delightful and talented Santa Fe High School art teacher, Sarah Gilman and the staff of ARTSmart, Amanda Thomas and Victoria Brown.”

Loewen has helped implement a special preview exhibition of the students’ ceramic shoes for one night only at Gallery FRITZ in the Santa Fe Railyard on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. This free exhibition and sale will be the only chance to see the I’d Like to Walk a Day in Your Shoes ceramic sculptures before the ARTsmart Annual Dinner & Auction on March 2 and the students are invited to bring their family and friends to see their work in a professional gallery setting. ARTsmart thanks Heidi Loewen and Deborah Fritz for allowing this opportunity for the young artists to shine.



Colorful Paintings Transferred to Ceramic Plates and Dog Bowls for Santa Fe 5th Graders and ARTSmart’s Annual Dinner & Auction

The theme for ARTsmart’s 2019 Annual Dinner and Auction in March, “Shaping the Future,” gets right to the heart of what ARTsmart stands for in our mission and vision and what we strive to do for the youth of northern New Mexico. The children involved in ARTsmart’s visual arts programming really will shape and sculpt the future – for themselves as well as for those around them.  The Children’s Painted Ceramics Project is responsible for all the colorful ceramic ware that is auctioned at the dinner to raise funds for the Visiting Artist Program. Fifth-graders from each of the Santa Fe Public Schools sent in their paintings to compete for a chance to transfer their designs to ceramics. One hundred students’ designs have been chosen to be transferred to salad and dinner plates as well as large dog bowls. Students are pictured painting glaze onto the white bisque ware. ARTsmart wishes to thank Meow Wolf for providing a safe venue at their David Loughridge Learning Center for the glaze-painting sessions while ARTsmart was closed for renovations, Michele Plourde for firing the pieces, and all of the volunteers who helped at the painting sessions and applied the finishing glazes to the students’ pieces. Students, their families, and the public are invited to join us in celebrating the finished art pieces during a special reception at the ARTsmart Community Studio at 1 pm on February 9, 2019. Click on the images below to view full size:



Meet the Artist: Santiago, 5th Grade

Meet Santiago, “Santi,” a fifth grade after-school ARTclub student. Santi has been a special assistant for the past two years and enjoys helping with the set up and organization of class. He loves all kinds of art, especially pen and ink and clay. He makes mini notebooks that include stories and things he likes. He looks forward to being an artist and a video game designer after he goes to college. Santi is also a great dancer and will show you his moves when the mood strikes him!



ARTsmart Events

ARTsmart Children’s Painted Ceramics Project Reception
@ ARTsmart Community Studio 1201 Parkway Drive
Sat. Feb. 9, 2019, 1:00 -2:30 pm
Tickets: This is a FREE Community Event.

I’d Walk a Day in Your Shoes: SFHS Student Art Exhibition
@ Gallery FRITZ 540 S. Guadalupe Street
Sat. Feb. 16, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Tickets: This is a FREE Community Event.

Shaping the Future: ARTsmart Annual Dinner & Auction at La Fonda On the Plaza
100 E San Francisco Street, Santa Fe
Sat. March 2, 2019, 5:30 pm
Tickets: $200 ea. (tax-deductible amount $125) Table of 10 $1,750 (tax-deductible amount $1,000). Available Soon

ARTsmart’s Art of Home Tour w/ Keller Williams SF Realty
@ Various KW Listed Homes for Sale in SF County
Sat. – Sun. March 2 – 3, 2019, Noon – 4 pm
Tickets: This is a FREE Community Event (Donations Gladly Accepted)

ARTsmart’s Edible Art Tour
@ Various Downtown SF and Canyon Road Galleries
Fri. – Sat. June 14 – 15, 2019, 5-8 pm
Tickets: $45 ea. Available Online Soon


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