"An Art Affair with Bo Derek" is the theme for opening night at the annual Weems ArtFest, Friday, Nov. 9, to benefit Children's Hospital of New Mexico. Festivities will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lujan Exhibit Hall at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. In addition to an appearance by actress Bo Derek and an exhibit of her photography, the evening will include an elite art auction of works by 18 prestigious artists.

Derek, best known for her role in the movie "10", is also an accomplished photographer. Her photos will be on sale throughout the Weems ArtFest weekend, with a portion of the sales going to Children's Hospital of New Mexico.

Opening night attendees will be treated to hors d'oevres, drinks and music. Valet parking will be available. More than $20,000 worth of exclusive artwork will be auctioned during the evening. Artists who have donated work to benefit Children's Hospital of New Mexico include Dave Drummond, B.C. Nowlin, Amado M. Pena Jr., Hans H. Ressdorf, Andrew Rodriguez, Paul Sanchez, Dan Stouffer, Alice Valdez and Nancy J.Young.

Artists will give a ten per cent discount on all other artwork purchases on opening night. All funds raised through ticket sales and the elite art auction will directly benefit hospital programs and patients.

The work of more than 250 regional and national artists and craft makers will also be on display throughout the weekend. The public will have the opportunity to bid on items donated by all artists for a silent auction. Proceeds from the silent auction will also go to the hospital.

Tickets for "An Art Affair with Bo Derek" are $50. You can purchases them by visiting the Weems Art Gallery on the southwest corner of Candelaria and Eubank, NE, or by calling 293-6133.


Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322