We are happy to report that ARTfeast 2014 was all and more than we imagined it would be! The weekend started off with the fabulous Edible Art Tour. The whole Waxlander crew was decked out in ornate Cinderella-inspired costumes! What fun we had welcoming guests to our gallery and serving them the 2014 Souper Bowl-winning Savory Winter Squash Soup garnished with Chorizo, Fried Sage and Maple Cream from Chef Andrew Cooper of Terra at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. Our guests enjoyed a shot (or two) of this delectable soup while perusing the gallery and chatting it up with all the Cinderella characters!
Although the Edible Art Tour was great fun (as always), we’d have to say that the Saturday evening Gourmet Dinner, honoring our Phyllis Kapp as the 2014 ARTfeast Honorary Artist, took the cake! The dinner was a perfect place for Phyllis to voice her passion for the arts and the many students she has had the privilege of mentoring through the years.
She put it best, saying, “Nowadays we live in a world of ceaseless ‘chatter.’ It is everywhere on television, cell phones, the Internet, and countless other intrusions. It is no surprise that it is difficult for young people to find the stillness that allows them to hear their own voices, to sing their own songs. I believe that each person has a unique set of experiences and ideas that only he or she can say. Making art is a place—or a ‘zone’ if you will—which provides quiet time for self-discovery. More importantly, it is a zone of trial and error where judgment doesn’t exist…. Where the spirit of free expression reigns supreme…. And where reflection and action are self-motivated and self-rewarded. Making art is a place where you learn about yourself and you give vision to your future dreams.”
Phyllis’s speech was a special and memorable moment not only for all of us at Waxlander Gallery, but also for all who had the privilege of attending. Phyllis’s vision for students to experience the freedom of creating art out of their own unique spirits is in perfect alignment with ARTsmart’s mission. We can’t wait to see you next year for another unforgettable ARTfeast weekend & a warm thank you to all who joined us this year!