Artists helping artists
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