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Toller Cranston painting eggs, a legend for Children’s Art!

By Hannah Jarmain

One day in September, 2013, Toller Cranston, the Canadian internationally renowned artist, and I were chatting over tea and cookies. We were planning a class for Cranston to come out to the campo, teach and inspire the little children in our Literacy Through Art program. He loves the idea as this is part of the Children’s Art Foundation education program each Saturday morning. Classes are held in the community schools where children learn the art of painting, drawing, story writing and self-expression. Occasionally they would be sent to create in the field, in nature, in the local dump, turning recycled materials into art. But the kids love it the most when they can sit at the feet of a true artist, the like of Ernesto de la Peña Folch and David Vazquez to watch the magical process of creativity and see the images develop.

As I was talking about where these poor children live, most have nothing to do but sitting around the schoolyards on hard cement floors, gazing into an unknown and barren field. Most struggle to finish grade six. The girls will have babies at 15, and the boys will follow their fathers’ footstep working in basic labor jobs or swim the Rio Grande to go north. And so the poverty circle continues. That is why the children love their Saturday art program; it gives them hope and joy, and friendship, a helping hand from the art teacher, and a glimpse of the outside world.

Cranston’s intense blue eyes shone even more brightly at this and he said, “Let’s get the 40 campo kids to come here and paint in my studio!”–Imagine that! These lucky children will experience the treat of a lifetime! To paint with the world famous artist Toller Cranston in his magical studio on calle Sollano, in the heart of the historic center of San Miguel de Allende. What a wonderful visual opportunity for the children! Their eyes will pop at the sight of the artist, a swaggering figure, the lush gardens, the art-filled home, and especially at his ultra colorful and light-filled glass master piece: Toller Cranston’s Art Studio! The kids will be painting huge ostrich eggs inspired by his famously decorative style. Then lunch and ice cream treats.

The colorful eggs will be put on auction, together with the best contemporary art at the annual CAF Foundation fundraiser held at Rosewood resort February 6. Half of the sale proceeds will go to the kids to take home to their mothers.

The Children’s Art Foundation is also holding a major Art Awards and Exhibit Reception at the Bellas Artes- February 1 from 5-8pm. For more information please contact: Hannah Jarmain 415 114 0346 , Website:

Art Awards Event changed to February 15! ‘To all parents, teachers and participating children of the Art Contest: Due to unexpected major architectural renovation work at the Bellas Artes, the much anticipated Children’s Art Awards Ceremony and Art Exhibit Opening has been changed from November 16 to a new date of February 15, 2014. Please make note of the change and communicate to all children who wish to attend this exciting event: Awards Presentation: Saturday, February 15, 2014 (5pm-8pm) at Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75. Children’s Art Foundation 415 114 0346 Hannah Jarmain

Para todos los padres, maestros y participantes del concurso de Arte: Debido a una inesperada e importante renovación arquitectónica en el Instituto Bellas Artes, la tan esperada Ceremonia de Premiación de la Fundación de Arte de los Niños ha sido pospuesta del 16 de Noviembre a una nueva fecha: 15 de Febrero, 2014. Por favor tomen nota del cambio y háganselo saber a los niños que esperan asistir a este evento: Ceremonia de Premiación: Sábado 15 de Febrero, 2014 5 a 8pm. En Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75.


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