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Posted September 25, 2012

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A is for Art! to Feature Auction Pieces by APS Students, Teachers and Legendary Artist Edward Gonzales

Third annual fundraiser benefiting the APS Fine Arts Program and the APS Education Foundation begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Albuquerque Museum. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students and are available by going to the Foundation’s website, or calling 878-6165. Tickets also are available at the door.

Edward Gonzales is this year's featured artist.

Edward Gonzales always believed that people both young and old could take education into their own hands. It was a notion he turned into an action, and an action he turned into art.

“Scientists always say that science is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration,” said the legendary Albuquerque painter. “In art, it’s the opposite. It is 99 percent inspiration and 1 percent perspiration.”

The blood, sweat and tears – byproducts of Gonzales’ lifelong commitment to art – will once again benefit Albuquerque Public Schools this Friday at the third annual A is for Art! celebration. Gonzales, who attended La Luz Elementary, Garfield Junior High and Valley High, has agreed to be the celebrity artist for the event at the Albuquerque Museum.

Nearly 200 pieces of art, mostly by APS high school students but also by a few art teachers and a couple of professional artists including Gonzales, will be auctioned during the gala, which also features live performances from talented musicians throughout the district. In the past two years it has raised more than $60,000 for the district’s Fine Arts program and the Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students and are available by going to the Foundation’s website, or calling 878-6165. Tickets also are available at the door.

Gonzales has paved the trail for many of today’s fine APS artists. As featured in Tuesday’s Albuquerque Journal, the district has dozens of talented kids, including Albuquerque High’s Devanie Marquez, West Mesa’s Helen Atkins and Cibola’s Shaelin Jornigan, whose pieces will be featured in the live auction. Two years ago, a Sandia High School student’s work went for $5,200. 

“When we started A is for Art! two years ago, we wanted to make sure that regardless of the money we raised, we celebrated good kids doing good things,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “I think we’ve done that. We are huge fans of athletics and activities here, but A is for Art! is confirmation that you don’t have to wear a number on your chest to be a star in APS. You can be a star with your voice, your musical ability, your ability to create on canvas, metal, ceramics or behind a camera.”

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