Artists help­ing artists

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Paul Wei­de­man

When Car­los Carulo was ill, the Santa Fe Artists’ Med­i­cal Fund came to the res­cue. Now the sculp­tor and painter, born in Chile but a Santa Fe res­i­dent for over 25 years, is one of more than 250 artists who have do­nated works for the 17th An­nual Santa Fe Artists’ Med­i­cal Fund Party and Silent Auc­tion. “This fund helped me when I was very sick, and it has helped other artists in the com­mu­nity,” Carulo said. “We are so grate­ful to have this op­por­tu­nity to give back to a fund that has helped us. Who knows who will need it next?”

The fund is a great al­ter­na­tive to an ad hoc fundraiser that may be set up by the friends and as­so­ciates of an artist whose cre­ative out­put has been in­ter­rupted by a se­ri­ous mal­ady or ac­ci­dent. Or­ga­niz­ers point out that many artists are not able to pur­chase health-care cov­er­age with­out high de­ductibles, even un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act.

This year’s event is at 4 p.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 14, at Yares Art Projects (123 Grant Ave.). At­ten­dees bid on and pur­chase the do­nated art­works — 6 x 6-inch paint­ings and small sculp­tures — and the pro­ceeds go into the fund, which is con­trolled by the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. “We are proud to be able to ad­min­is­ter th­ese funds to support artists who are the heart of Santa Fe — a com­mu­nity whose his­tory is deeply en­twined with the arts,” said Christa Cog­gins, the foun­da­tion’s vice pres­i­dent for com­mu­nity phi­lan­thropy.

Party co­or­di­na­tor Shari Mor­ri­son said the event is “like a fam­ily re­union for all of th­ese artists, who are used to be­ing alone in their stu­dios. Last year we had about 550 peo­ple at­tend­ing. Th­ese are tiny paint­ings, but we can make $20,000 to $30,000 each year. I think this year will set a record be­cause of how many artists we have. Even artists from Texas sent pieces.”

Mor­ri­son is not an artist her­self, but she helped found the Scotts­dale Artists’ School about 30 years ago and is now an ed­i­tor for Western Art

& Ar­chi­tec­ture mag­a­zine. She has been in­volved in the Santa Fe Artists’ Med­i­cal Fund for a decade. “This is the only char­ity in the city that is for artists, with monies raised by artists donat­ing their art: a true brother­hood and sis­ter­hood.” Hol­i­day at­tire is en­cour­aged. For in­for­ma­tion, call Mor­ri­son at 505-660-9340.

El­iz­a­beth Hahn: Un­ti­tled, 2014, acrylic on pa­per

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