August 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Just the FACTs

“Young artists on tap at Community Foundation…”

By Tom Maguire

Culture Vulture

Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.

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Get the FACTs as you start your gallery walk this evening. FACT, the venerable organization known as Fine Arts For Children and Teens, will have a student summer exhibition at the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 401 Halona St., behind the Michael Wigley Gallery, just before the Paseo curves towards Canyon Road and your Friday evening gallery stroll.

You will get a chance to see the work of the young artists who participated in FACT programs at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center and their Community Studios at the Pink Church Arts Center on Pacheco and at Zona del Sol in the south side Terra Contenta neighborhood.

I’ve known these folks from the early days at Sweeney Elementary School off of Airport Road, when, with the assistance of several generous local donors, FACT began providing the only arts education that southside neighborhood had ever had. They do wonderful work with area youth, both during the school year and in the summer. Stop in and see the work of these talented young people.

And, while you are out and about…

Sharon Niederman, author of New Mexico's Tasty Traditions: Recipes, Recollections, and Photos, will have a book signing at the Farmers Market as part of Collected Works’ “Books at the Market Series.” Recipes peppered throughout the book will tempt you to create your own tasty traditions. New Mexico's Tasty Traditions is a gift to treasure for your own kitchen bookshelf as well as for anyone you know who loves New Mexico.

A portion of the profits from the “Books at the Market Series” goes directly to the Farmers Market.

While I am on the subject of Collected Works…

Collected Words is my favorite new community gathering place. There is so much going on there it is hard to give all of the programs their just due; but I must mention, singer/songwriter Laurianne Fiorentino. On Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m., Santa Fe-based singer-songwriter Laurianne Fiorentino hosts a series of local musicians and writers at Collected Works. Each Sunday afternoon, she begins and ends the two-hour event with sets of her own earthy-indie originals, and she also presents a local writer and musician during each session. On Sunday the 5th, Fiorentino is joined by Andrew MacLauchlan and Marsha Scarbrough. This is always a great way to finish off a wonderful Santa Fe weekend.

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