BAL annual Valentine’s Tea

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It’s hats, hearts and hot tea at the Belen Art League Valentines Tea Party, Sunday, Feb. 10.

The tea, now in its eighth year, is an annual event held by the art league to raise money for their scholarship fund. The scholarship provides one lucky senior from Belen High School, Infinity High School or a Belen home-schooled student a $500 grant to help them begin their secondary education in the realm of visual arts, including graphic arts, fine arts, and studio arts.

Ungelbah Daniel-Davila-News-Bulletin photo: Judy Turner, left, and Cece Aragon, right, of the Belen Art League, give a sneak peek of what will be offered at the eighth annual Valentine Tea, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 10.

Last year, the art league did not give out a scholarship, so this year they are rolling the money over and presenting two $500 grants.

The purpose of the scholarship, says Cece Aragon, co-chairwoman of the BAL Valentine Tea, is to encourage young artists to pursue an education in the arts, whether at a traditional university or art trade school.

To be considered for the scholarship, students must pick up and fill out an application from BAL, which is open from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday. Along with the application, students must submit a 500 word essay explaining their goals as an artist, art background and how they intend to use the money and why receiving the scholarship would be beneficial to them.

The application will also require transcripts, three letters of recommendation, proof of enrollment or acceptance in a university or trade school and a sample of the individual’s artwork.

The Valentine Tea is the cornerstone of the league’s fundraising effort for the scholarship. This will be the first year in which a hat competition will be introduced into the event.

Seating for the tea party is limited to two seatings of 75 each, with one seating occurring at 12:30 p.m., and the second at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 each and are available for purchase at BAL.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their best hat with the opportunity to win a prize for it of a free meal donated by local restaurants, such as Rutilio’s and Montanos.

“It’s just a time to share some quiet time and an elegant presentation that you don’t always get to dress up for,” said Judy Turner, co-chairwoman for the event. “It’s something special to attend with your family and friends.”

Members of the art league will be busy in the coming days baking and making goodies and miniature sandwiches for the party, such as chocolate cheesecake, lemon squares, chicken salad on croissants, cucumber sandwiches and egg salad with cranberries and tarragon.

Attendees are welcome to eat their fill as league members serve them from unique teapots and silver trays.

“Everything is really good,” said Aragon. “It just makes it special.”

The Belen Art League, located at 509 Becker Avenue in Belen, is a non-profit organization founded in 1956 that is comprised of artists in a variety of mediums from weavers to photographers to painters and potters, mainly of the Belen and Valencia County area.

For more information, call BAL at 861-0217.


-- Email the author at udavila@news-bulletin.com.