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Dear Friends,

The Gabarron Foundation will be hosting its children’s art exhibition on Thursday, May 24, 2012, showcasing the artwork of the Winners and Semi-Finalists of the Foundation’s 34th annual Children’s International Art Contest.  The theme for the 2011 Contest was “Celebrate the Forests”, which referenced the resolution by the U.N. General Assembly that declared 2011 the International Year of the Forests.  Nearly 2,000 drawings, paintings, and collages from 50 countries were entered, making this contest an incredible success.


Press Release

"Celebrate the Forests" Opening exhibition
Thursday May 24, 2012,  6-8 PM
The Gabarron – Carriage House Center for the Arts, 149 East 38th Street, New York, NY, 10016


New York. May 2012.  The Gabarron Foundation will be hosting its children’s art exhibition on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6:00 in the evening, showcasing the artwork of all the winners and Semi-Finalists of The Foundation’s 34th annual Children’s International Art Contest.  The theme for the 2011 Contest was “Celebrate the Forests”, which referenced the resolution by the U.N. General Assembly that declared 2011 the International Year of the Forests.  This initiative was created in order to raise awareness of sustainable measures, conservation and the development of all types of forests.  Those children who participated followed this theme, producing artwork that illustrated their own vision of the forests.  Nearly 2,000 drawings, paintings, and collages from 50 countries were entered, making this contest an incredible success..  
 
The art contest was comprised of the following categories: Child and Youth and Iberia Child and Iberia Youth, ages 5 to 14.  Mary DuPont, of the United States, and Yu Chen Lan, from China, were declared the winners of the Child and Youth categories of the 34th annual International Children’s Art Contest of the Queen Sofia Children’s Art Museum (QSCAM) of The Gabarron Foundation.  Spaniards Candela Albareda and Natalia Asensio won the Iberia Child and Youth awards, respectively.  The jury convened on Thursday, February 9 in New York and upon careful deliberation the results were announced during the closing ceremony of the International Year of Forests 2011 at the United Nations.  The 34th Edition of the International Children’s Art Contest was sponsored by Iberia with the collaboration of the United Nations International Secretariat of Forests.  The certificates will be presented to the winners at The Gabarron Foundation.  All are welcome to join us at this very special exhibition and ceremony.  
The jury for the 34th Edition of the QSCAM International Children’s Art Contest was made up of the following individuals – Jan McAlpine, Director of the United Nations International Secretariat of Forests; Salvador Andrés Ordás, Art History professor at The University of Valladolid; Ms. Elena Cabezut, Deputy Director of the Cultural Institute of Mexico; Spring Dautel, Associate Director of Haunch of Venison; Nieves Barnuevo, La Fundación Casa Pintada; Pablo Durantez, Comité Internacional Pierre de Cubertain; Julio César García, Curator of La Fundación Gabarrón; Rosmy Gabarrón, Director of the Queen Sofia Children’s Art Museum; July Casas, Museo Fundación Cristóbal Gabarrón; Demian Mota, Cultural Manager; Elena Santoliquido, Artist; Rafael Barajas, Communications Director of Iberia; and Berta Valverde, Director of Corporate Sponsorship of Iberia.

For more information on this special event, please visit our website at www.gabarronfoundation.org and http://qscam.gabarron.org/.  You may RSVP at rsvp@gabarron.org or call us at 212-573-6968.  
 
The Gabarron Foundation was established in Spain in 1992, inspired by the ideals of its founder, the Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón: to educate and teach while at the same time defend, support, and disseminate Culture in its most varied forms.  The Foundation’s growth over the past 20 years has been guided by its mission to “raise awareness through the arts.”  The Gabarron Foundation organizes and presents annual programs through its centers and museums in Spain and the United States.  The Carriage House Center for the Arts is The Gabarron Foundation’s New York headquarters.  Since 2002 the Carriage House has advanced as a platform for the cross-fertilization of Hispanic and Latin American cultures in the United States.  The International Awards program was created in 2002 to coincide with The Foundation’s 10th Anniversary, and it has since become an annual event of global proportion, broadcast live worldwide.  The Awards recognizes some of the greatest luminaries of our time, like José Mercé, whose work and career trajectories are committed to the defense of those values that constitute the essential principles of The Gabarron Foundation itself.
     






“Celebrate the Forests,” is a wonderful opportunity to promote the first ever International Year of Forests 2011 and its message, "Forests for People."  I can think of no better way to communicate a message of hope for forests, than seeing forests and trees through a child’s eyes. The International Year has captured the public imagination by promoting awareness of the rich multifaceted values of forests and the diverse interactions of people with forests that take place around the world, everyday.  

Forests play a crucial role in the social, economic and spiritual well-being of all 7 billion people living on earth.  Art, and especially children’s art, is a wonderful medium to reflect this vision.  The artwork from this contest will undoubtedly help to inspire children and adults alike to conserve forests for present and future generations.

It is indeed a great pleasure for the United Nations Forum on Forests to collaborate with the Gabarron Foundation and Queen Sofia's Children’s Art Museum in Spain for the 2011 International Children’s Art Contest.  






The QUEEN SOFIA CHILDREN’S ART MUSEUM -QSCAM (PINACOTECA INFANTIL REINA SOFÍA de la Fundación Gabarrón -PIRS/FG), in collaboration with the United Nations Organization – Secretariat for Forests,  is organizing its 2011 International Art Contest, with the theme “Celebrate the Forests”, in support of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly that declared 2011 as the INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE FORESTS in order to increase awareness of sustainable measures, conservation and the development of all types of forests.  

This initiative plays an important role in promoting the conscientiousness of the importance of the forests, and of raising awareness from childhood, on the benefits and safeguarding of these valuable natural resources for the present and future generations.  Art and in particular CHILDREN’S ART, is a marvelous means of transmitting this message:  a message that raises a society’s awareness and helps to inspire children and adults through the appreciation of the importance of forests, including the management, conservation, development and impact on the world in which we live.  Let’s CELEBRATE THE FORESTS and value our direct dependency on them, such as:

 
- Refuge for People and Animals.
- The Habitat for the Biodiversity.
- Source of our Foods and Medicines.
- “Key” to the balance between the Climate and our Global Environment.
- “Lungs” of the Air we Breathe.
- Generator of the Water we Drink. 












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