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ARTfeast re­turns

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“THIS YEAR WE PLAN TO BREAK A MIL­LION,”

said Deb­o­rah Fritz, co-owner of Gi­a­cobbe-Fritz Fine Art and ARTs­mart board mem­ber. The money man­i­fests it­self in the form of re­al­ized dreams for var­i­ous lo­cal arts-ed­u­ca­tion en­ti­ties and al­lows the 18-year-old ARTs­mart 501(c)3 non­profit — the group that plans and over­sees the an­nual ARTfeast fundraiser — to dis­trib­ute do­na­tions and other funds to area or­ga­ni­za­tions and schools.

Since the first ARTfeast Edible Art Tour in the late ’90s, ARTs­mart has do­nated around $835,000 to pub­lic-school art pro­grams, schol­ar­ship pro­grams, Fine Arts for Chil­dren & Teens, and other arts-re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tions that ben­e­fit lo­cal youth.

In 2010, ARTs­mart raised and dis­trib­uted $111,000 to Santa Fe pub­lic schools and other or­ga­ni­za­tions, top­ping its 2009 con­tri­bu­tion by $20,000, ac­cord­ing to ARTs­mart pres­i­dent and Peter­son-Cody Gallery owner Mar­tine Bertin-Peter­son. $40,000 of 2010’s funds went di­rectly to pub­lic schools, and the re­main­der was dis­trib­uted among ARTs­mart’s gen­eral en­dow­ment fund ($20,000), Fine Arts for Chil­dren & Teens ($5,000), ARTs­mart art projects and artist men­tors ($10,000), schol­ar­ships and schol­ar­ship en­dow­ments ($28,000), and re­im­burse­ments to stu­dent artists ($3,000). In 2010, ARTs­mart awarded its $4,000 Art Changes Lives schol­ar­ship to Re­bekah Birken, a se­nior at Santa Fe High School who now at­tends classes at New York Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of Arts & Art Pro­fes­sions. Also in 2010, ARTs­mart awarded Santa Fe High School se­nior Christo­pher Mon­toya a $250 En­vi­sion­ing the Fu­ture col­lege stipend for books and art ma­te­ri­als.

“One of the high points of my job is work­ing with ARTs­mart,” said Santa Fe pub­lic schools arts ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor Amy Summa, who is in her sixth year col­lab­o­rat­ing with the non­profit — “and the work with them and the stu­dents starts pretty much the first day of school each year.” On Feb. 17, the Wil­liam & Joseph Gallery hosted an “I Made It!” re­cep­tion, which show­cased 100 ce­ramic plates cre­ated for auc­tion by area el­e­men­tary-school stu­dents.

“The first thing we do when school con­venes af­ter the sum­mer is talk about plate de­signs, and then the stu­dents — a thou­sand of them — cre­ate lam­i­nated place mats,” Summa said. “A hun­dred de­signs from the place mats are cho­sen to be­come plates, and the stu­dents are al­ways ex­cited to see which de­signs are se­lected for a ce­ramic makeover. It’s a huge deal to them. What I try to play down, though, is whose de­signs are cho­sen. In­stead, I try to in­still in the kids the knowl­edge that they’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in art and in this im­por­tant thing called com­mu­nity ser­vice.” The plates are fired, and a jury se­lected by ARTs­mart chooses win­ning de­signs be­fore the win­ter hol­i­day break.

Jean Wells: Coke, Ham­burger, glass mo­saic tiles, 2010; David Richard Con­tem­po­rary

Top left, Juan Kelly: Dol­cezza, oil on can­vas, 40 x 50 inches; Nüart Gallery

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