Great Deal! Art Sale and Silent Auction June 10th

May 18, 2011

Don’t miss our second annual Great Deal! Art Sale & Silent Auction on Friday, June 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church’s Social Hall, Carlisle at Comanche.

This fabulous sale will once again feature work donated by dozens of well-known New Mexico professional artists in a variety of media.  There’s something for every taste and budget. All art work will be priced from only $50 to $200.  A silent auction will be held on several featured pieces.   Plenty of free parking and refreshments.  No admission charge.  Proceeds will benefit Art in the School’s after school and volunteer programs for children.  See you there!



A Beautiful Contemporary Quilt for You!

February 1, 2011

The New Mexico Quilters’ Association has once again generously donated a quilt to Art in the School for a raffle.  This twin-size beauty was made by Susan MacKenzie and features fun, contemporary Oriental and retro-inspired fabrics in a lively array of colors.  Expert free-motion machine quilting adds the perfect design element to finish the quilt.

Check out the cute polka dot border and lively backing:

Simply click on this Paypal link to pay by credit card (you don’t need to have a Paypal account to buy by credit card) and we’ll enter your name in the drawing:

To buy a ticket by check, make the check out to Art in the School and mail to:

Art in the School, P.O. Box 3416, Albuquerque, NM  87190-3416

Thank you so much for your support and good luck!

Celebrating New Mexico’s Traditions

February 1, 2011

Jason Younis y Delgado

Our mid-January workshops on Hispanic tinsmithing were a real treat!  Master tinsmith Jason Younis y Delgado provided the background lecture and demonstrated how he creates his traditional tin work.  Jason learned the craft from his grandmother.

Artist/art teacher Bethe Sailer taught the volunteers how to do a similar project with children using kid-friendly 36 gauge aluminum tooling foil. It’s always amazing to me that many local children don’t know about this uniquely New Mexican art form.   Maybe more will consider carrying on the tradition after learning more from an Art in the School volunteer.

Parts of a candlestick Jason made at the workshop.

Jason punching the tin.

Read all about it!

January 4, 2011

The past year has been terrific for Art in the School – that is, terrific for the many thousands of children who have enjoyed learning about and creating art.  You can read all about it in our most recent newsletter.  Enjoy!

Art in the School 2010 Newsletter

After School Art Students Enjoy Artist’s Visit

November 11, 2010

McKinley Middle School students in our after school art program were quite interested in Karl Hofmann’s art.  Karl visited the program this week, bringing many of his original works on paper. He told the students about earning his bachelor of fine art degree from the University of Michigan, then his masters at UNM.  After looking at and discussing the art, Karl led the students in a self-portrait collage project with the help of art teachers Santos Salinas-Contreras and Rachel Zollinger.  Karl teaches at UNM and has exhibited his artwork at galleries in Albuquerque and New Orleans.

Navajo Weaver Nanabah Aragon

November 11, 2010

Art in the School parent and grandparent volunteers had the pleasure of meeting master Navajo weaver Nanabah Aragon in October.  Nanabah shared her life story with us, telling about being sent off to the government school at a young age.  She recounted how her mother had taught her how to weave and how she continues the tradition to this day.  A fascinating life story from one who has been declared a “Living Treasure” by the State of Arizona.

The Beauty of Pueblo Pottery

September 21, 2010

Volunteers enjoyed a wonderful talk and pottery making demonstration by Laguna Pueblo potter Michael Kanteena.  He’s shown here with his deer vase, a style for which he’s best known.  Michael incorporates animal images into his pottery.  His unique contemporary style reflects motifs from the Chacoan and Mimbres cultures.   After his talk, art educator Bethe Sailer taught volunteers how to instruct children to make a pinch pot and coil pot.  And a good time was had by all!

We have quilt winners!!

September 15, 2010

We had help from Ryan Hickman, who carefully mixed all the quilt raffle tickets.  Ryan is the son of Lisa Hickman, a parent volunteer at Petroglyph Elementary.…and then he chose the winner!!  Congratulations to Jennifer Coston, winner of the beautiful, plush queen size Mexican star quilt!

 And the baby quilt winner is Carl Uchwat!  Both winners were thrilled with their quilts. Many thanks to Frani Duncan who made and graciously donated her beautiful quilts to support our programs.  And thanks everyone who purchased a raffle ticket. We sincerely appreciate your support.

Quilt Raffle Will End August 31st

August 6, 2010

Mexican Star Queen Size Quilt

If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you only have a few more days to do so.  It’s your last chance to win a beautiful, hand-crafted quilt from Art in the School!  Only 100 tickets will be sold – so your chance of winning one of these quilts is excellent – a one in 50 chance!  

Simply click on this Paypal link to pay by credit card or through your own Paypal account. Enter $10.00 for donation amount to buy a raffle ticket:  

To buy a ticket by check, make it out to AIS and mail to:  Art in the School, P.O. Box 3416, Albuquerque, NM  87190-3416  

 1st Prize:  A beautiful, queen size quilt in the Mexican Star pattern, in bright festive colors of fine 100% cotton with extra plush batting.  The back is a brilliant, solid red. Expert free-motion machine stitching adds the perfect textured dimension to this unique piece. Similar quilts sell for hundreds – sometimes thousands – of dollars.  

2nd Prize:  Teddy Bear Baby Quilt! Perfect for that new arrival or as a throw.  

Teddy Bear Baby Quilt

 Much thanks to Frani Duncan, wife of our board member Woody Duncan, who generously donated the quilts to Art in the School.  Her craftmanship is simply wonderful!    

 Thanks so much for your support & good luck in the raffle!  


We’re Getting Ready for Fall

July 27, 2010

Here are the brochure and registration forms for the 2010-2011 school year:
AIS brochure 10 11

coordinator membership forms 2010
individual membership form 2010