Gourmet Dinner and Auction




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Tickets: $175/person or table of 10 for $1500

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ARTsmart proudly recognizes Santa Fe sculptor Star York during this multi-course banquet paired with vintage wines. The menu is designed and prepared by Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Executive Chef Andrew Cooper working with local Santa Fe guest chefs.

Hors d’Ouevres:  Marianne Deery, Jinja Restaurant
First course: Matt Yohalem, Il Piatto
Entree: Andrew Cooper, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado
Dessert: Andrew Cooper and Cristian Pontiggia, Osteria d’Assisi

During the live auction, collectors vie for exciting packages such as a Star York original, a set of 12 plates on the theme of Transfixing Trees, another set of 12 delicious dessert plates on the them of Cakes, and wonderfully imaginative bronze chess sets sculpted by students from New Mexico School for the Arts mentored by honorary artist Star York. Silent auction items include the winners of the “I Made It!” plate competition.

Keep up the excitement post-auction by dancing into the night to the music of Russell Scharf and Jazz Explosion!



Star Liana York is one of the most prominent sculptures of the scenic Southwest.  Her detailed work succeeds in capturing authentic aspects of the regions with convincing realism and stylization.  She is acclaimed for her creative use of color patinas.

York grew up in a rural area in Maryland.  By the time she was in high school, she was winning scholastic awards for her miniature sculptures cast in gold and silver.  She studied at the University of Maryland, Institute of Art in Baltimore and the Corcoran in Washington D.C.  After teaching lost wax casting and metal design at Prince George’s Community College, York decided to focus on a career in sculpture.

When she moved to the Southwest in 1985, She became enamored with the people and the magic of the area.  Her body of work since reflects her discoveries of cultural diversity and history, as well as connections of indigenous wildlife to myth and the mysteries of ancient sacred sites.

“This a place that requires a curious, open mind and respectful patience for it to be revealed in all it’s aesthetic and spiritual complexities, “says York. “And is richly rewarding when time and care are given.”

York believes there is much to be learned from people who live a simple life close to the land.  She sensitively captures their enduring cultural identity, whether indigenous or ranch life.  She vividly celebrates their character by preserving her observations in the permanent medium of bronze.

“ When a character emerges from a work I am sculpting, I feel touched at a deeply intimate, subconscious level.  It is the this essence in a work of art that makes it intensely personal, and entirely universal at the same time.”

This process of creating expressive personalities, which have convincing inner life, is the most satisfying aspect of York’s work for both her and the viewer.  Her bronzes whether animal or human subject matter, exude a captivating presence.  Though she may choose an idea because of a striking Navajo dress and jewelry, it is the act of sculpting that reveals what she has truly responded to in the image . . . the gentle humanity expressed in a subtle gesture or an emotional state of mind caught in a brief moment in time.

York’s masterfully descriptive portrayals continue to find western idiom to be a true, versatile and powerful vehicle for her creative expression and personal self-discovery.  She is part of a select group of inspired artists giving a renewed perspective to western themes through their own unique artistic vision.