SANTA FE, NM — November 17, 2010 — Santa Fe’s annual celebration of food and fine art may be weeks away, but that didn’t stop more than 60 high school students from getting a head start on the activities.
ARTfeast’s honorary artist, the acclaimed sculptor Rebecca Tobey, recently met with students at Santa Fe and Capital high schools this week to help them create ceramic artwork that will be available for purchase during the three-day gala event that kicks off Friday, February 25.
“I am so proud of what these students have done, and the passion that they have for the creative process,” said Rebecca, who is internationally known for her contemporary bronze and ceramic wildlife sculptures. “This work is truly keeping with the spirit of ARTfeast, which is to encourage aspiring artists to push their limits and reach new heights.”
One of those students is Capital High School junior Amber Medina, who worked individually with Rebecca on glazing and decoration techniques.
“A major highlight of this was meeting a known artist with first-hand knowledge of the techniques we used,” Amber said. “The finished product I created left me proud to learn something new.”
The 14th annual ARTfeast is more than a celebration of world-class art, food, wine and fashion. It’s also a fundraiser for the nonprofit ARTsmart, which sponsors the event. Ticket proceeds, purchases and donations are contributed to public schools to purchase art materials, provide art programs and mentors, and fund art scholarships.
Martine Bertin-Peterson, owner of The Peterson-Cody Gallery and ARTsmart president, said she was excited to see first-hand the ceramic sculptures created by the high school students under Tobey's tutelage.
"In addition to being a nationally recognized, talented, creative artist and sculptor, Rebecca Tobey possesses a warm and sparkling personality,” Bertin-Peterson said. “Tobey's enthusiasm for her craft and her approachability have made her a hit with the Santa Fe and Capitol high school students she is mentoring.”
Rebecca currently shows in Tubac and Sedona Arizona; Palm Desert, California; Golden and Vail Colorado; Jackson Hole and Cody, Wyoming and her native city of Santa Fe where she works out of her home studio. For more information regarding upcoming exhibitions and to view Rebecca’s work, visit www.RebeccaTobey.com. For information on ARTfeast, go to www.artfeast.com or call (505)603-4643.
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