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Sunday, April 12, 2009

2009 Rio Rancho Foundation Seats and Eats Fundraiser

Many artists have contributed to this fundraiser (Seats and Eats), including myself. The event takes place on Friday, April 24th 2009 at the Tamaya Resort. Sorry, there is no current website available for this and if you Google it, you will get stuff from previous years.We were given a choice of doing a coffee table, child's chair, larger chair, end table and so forth. We each picked up the unfinished pre-made furniture (made locally and from recycled materials). From there, we got to do what we want with what we selected.

"This fundraiser is a collaborative project that involves artists and local restaurants (hence the name, Seats and Eats). The furniture gets auctioned off and the monies raised goes towards the Rio Rancho Public Schools Foundation. It helps to provide grants for the teachers in the district.

As of today, there are 15 local restaurants participating and the Rio Rancho Astronomy Club is preparing to take anyone who is interested on tours of the dark beautiful skies that evening (which, by the way is the new moon, so it doesn't' get any 'darker'!).

The staff of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort will be creating a wonderland in the grand tent on the Bosque. It should prove to be a spectacular night!" For ticket information, please email Cindy at: If I can track down a website and phone number for everyone, I shall come back and update this post with that information!

In the meantime, here's my contribution:

"Medicine Woman"

Coffee Table: 22”W x 47”L x 17”H

Artist Statement:

I took the Native American symbol of the medicine elder (represented here in the female gender) and used it as the primary image on this table. Medicine Men and Women are called upon to be facilitators between the physical world and the spiritual world; sometimes for the sake of healing disease or even in healing the psyche. Sometimes help is sought in promoting harmony between groups or between man and nature. In any case, it is for the benefit of the entire community. These medicine elders also have incredible wisdom and insight which, at times, is imparted to individuals or the community. They are leaders and teachers.

It should prove to be a fabulous evening. I got to see the furniture contributions done by the other participating artists and I must say that the submissions are amazing! Such talent and such variety!

With all the budget cuts that have had to take place in this fiscal year, the schools need your support now more than ever!