I love all of my ArtSi pieces. I have gifted several of my purchases to friends and family. l also love my wall of "small art". They hang above my nightstand next to my side of the bed. My lamp casts the perfect glow. Occasionally, I have donated pieces from my personal collection, too. I am usually too busy working at ArtSi being the Chair, Co-Chair, Caterer and/or Cashier, that I don't usually have time to make purchases. So, I try to do my part and purchase pieces after the show directly from the artists.
What do you remember most the first ArtSi?
We were looking for a new and fun way to fundraise for HWNT. Our Chair, Adriana Giraldo came up with an idea to Celebrate HWNT Latina Art. Her mother was an amazing artist from Columbia. She donated our first piece. It was a beautiful still life of two pears. It was incredibly beautiful. We started immediately and began receiving art from all over the world. It was exhilarating. I was on the first committee and helped plan the entire event. Unfortunately, I had to miss the actual show, because I went to meet my in laws for the first time in Lebanon. I was there in spirit and was put back to work the minute I returned.
Since that first show, I was hooked. I have been involved with every show since. I even helped rename the event ArtSi. It was a play on the word Artsy and how Si! we are so supportive of so many causes...most importantly...Si for Art and Si for Education!
What do you love about ArtSi?
The artists that have donated over the years have become great friends of mine. I just love that they are free spirited and passionate about what they love. They are all so giving and share our chapter's passion about education and scholarships. I also support the artists by displaying their art at my restaurant, Chadra Mezza and Grill. It is my way of thanking them for their generosity. Plus, it makes my work day more pleasant.
Why should people attend?
It's a great party! You can taste great food, purchase great art, listen to great music, and dance. Most importantly, you are supporting our scholarship program for Latinas In Progress. We are honored every year to mentor 80 plus Latinas that are eager to learn about college. Right now, we have a new class ready to fill the seats of the last class. We can't wait to meet them and teach them the tools they need to graduate from college. Your donations and purchases help us. In March, we were able to award every single Latina that applied to our scholarship program with a scholarship totaling almost $200,000.
Attend ArtSi and bring a friend! Our community needs our help and together we can rise to the challenge.