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Why should you attend the Children’s Art Foundation contemporary art auction?

By Hannah Jarmain

When I first came to San Miguel seven years ago I didn’t know a soul and I was hoping to meet new friends, so whenever benefit auction events appeared in Atención, they became priorities on my social calendar.

Art auction
To benefit Children’s Art Foundation
Sun, Feb 9, 2pm
Rosewood San Miguel
Nemesio Diez 11
To view the auction catalog online please click

In those days I was told one must dress up for these fancy events. Here was our chance to buy new dresses, to wrap oneself in lovely finery, to put on the most eye-popping shoes and to display the best jewelry collections, which had long been locked up in our drawers. We happily attended many worthy and swanky events, and dream-like starry dinner evenings. We were wowed by the glitz and drank the best of wine poured with flawless white-gloved service.

At these auctions I bought the loveliest items on display, waited breathlessly for the silent auction to end so I could pick up my favorite painting or ornament. In general I had a great time even though sometimes the jewelry or ornaments were neither practical nor of lasting value. I knew the money would go to benefit a worthy cause.

What I cherished the most are the new friends I met at these events—so many interesting people with amazing backgrounds who accomplished so much in their former lives before settling in San Miguel! My new friends told me about the best restaurants in town, where to go for good banking, where to find reliable help and where to get the freshest local delicacies. Everyone had a great time.

To this day along with the great friends I met, I still have the flowered linen tablecloth I bought that didn’t fit my dining table, the coffee table cookbooks that I never used and the splendid jewelry pieces that sit in unopened boxes.

I promised myself that one day there would be an auction to feature nothing but great art, honor the participating artists who dedicate their lives to art, and benefit the children who are our future generations of artists.

This was why the annual Children’s Art Foundation of San Miguel art auction was born. It’s an auction of contemporary art that splits its proceeds with the artists who contribute their beautiful work. Most importantly, it benefits young talented children from economically depressed communities by teaching them critical thinking, creative self-expression, story writing, and above all-how to express themselves by painting.

Organizing any fundraising event is a huge task and it takes thousands of volunteer hours to create a success! I feel the deepest respect for and will defend fiercely all the brave men and women who work selflessly for all the charity events in town.

Although we work hard for months, for those of  us at the Contemporary Art Auction, the rewards are beyond monetary success. We will watch beaming auction guests walk away with their finds – fantastic collectible art pieces at very good prices. There will be the talented artists; happy to receive payment for the artwork they donated. And then, later, we will see boxes brimming with the school supplies that we bought for the children with the proceeds from the auction. We know that their eyes will pop and they will be so excited to see what is inside the boxes.

This year is the Children’s Art Foundation’s second annual Contemporary Art Auction. The number of participating artists has doubled since last year. We’ve received support from a great number of repeat artists and other established or young emerging artists also came forward to participate in our auction for the first time.

We have a piece of touching beauty from Marion Perlet who donated to the Children before her passing, and a lovely piece by Canadian artist Marcia Dworkin. We have three Rufino Tamayo lithographs from the Olga and Rufino Tamayo Collection. We have valuable work by renowned photographers: Russell Monk, Jeremy Woodhouse, Holly Wilmeth, Laura Honse and Roger Adell. We received beautiful and collectible artwork donated by many well- known artists and some internationally renowned artists, the like of Toller Cranston, Carlos Lozano and Pedro Friedeberg who have their work in museums around the world.

Auctions like ours are why art connoisseurs go to such events – for the excitement of finding treasures that will appreciate in value over time. For many of us it’s fun to dress up a bit and enjoy the elegance of the beautiful Rosewood, to catch up the latest news with friends, to be pampered guests at an important and fun social event, or simply

to enjoy beautiful art all the while knowing that your time and money are being invested in a truly worthwhile cause.

I hope that like me when I was new to San Miguel, you will save this date on your social calendar: Sunday, February 9, at 2pm at Rosewood San Miguel: “ Contemporary Art Auction”  to benefit The Children’s Art Foundation.

To view the auction catalogue online please click

Copies of the beautiful catalogue (30-pesos donation) will be available at several popular locations to make your advance planning simple. Visit Gallery Ascender Fine Art (across from Bellas Artes); La Conexion; Solutions; the Rosewood Concierge; Camino Silvestre; Lavinia’s or Artprint.

PS: You won’t find any tablecloths at this auction and you don’t need to dress up but you can if you wish—our hope is that you will attend to offer your support to the children.

The Children’s Art Foundation was founded in San Miguel in 2010 to help underprivileged children develop their full potential through art. Email: to volunteer or visit the school.

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