What do slides of a brain tumor, three-inch wildly intricate origami shapes mounted like a wind chime and cows made of slabs of ceramic all have in common? They are all examples of some of the evocative artworks featured in this year's "Noche de Arte" event hosted by the Canadian Association of Chile on May 10 and 11, 2009.
"Paisaje del cerro" by Paulina Beyer
Photo courtesy Montecatini.cl
The annual two-night affair was co-sponsored by the Chilean Government, the Canadian Embassy and major private donors-- including this year's hosting venue, the Santiago Sheraton Hotel.
Aside from showcasing some of Chile’s best artists in a high-profile event, the posh affair had another altruistic objective: helping local charitable groups through a percentage of sales proceeds. With prices ranging from CP$20,000 for some drawings and watercolors to over CP$1,000,000 for oil and acrylic paintings and multimedia works, Noche de Arte provided art lovers with an opportunity to acquire fine works of art while also helping out the community.
Autistic students, pregnant teenagers, at-risk children and abandoned infants have all been helped by funds raised during the course of the past year. Organizations such as the Casas de las Mujeres Santiago which operates two safe homes for battered women and their children, the Fundación Capacitas which works with the elderly and the Fundación Debra Santiago which helps children affected by the devastating and fatal skin disease EB, can also count themselves as beneficiaries of this event that began with more humble beginnings 26 years ago in the home of the Canadian ambassador.
International Association of Chile
Supporting the evening’s high class occasion were an army of over forty volunteers, most of whom were from Santiago's English-speaking community.
Music was supplied by a velvety guitarist in the main gallery and an excellent jazz pianist located in the entry foyer. Savory appetizers and a wide variety of wines were also provided in lavish quantities to help make both evenings a success.
Anyone who loves good art, music, food and wine, all the while helping the community would do well to mark next May on their calendar.
Click here to view works from this year's artists.