HauteHopes Award: Feb. 21, 2015

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for eleven women entrepreneurs ranging in age from 18 to 60. Their experiences culminated in the most elegant affair New Mexico has seen in a long time at the Tamaya Resort HauteHopes Gala on Feb. 21!

The finalists were namedconfetti in early February and met three times to prepare to pitch their business ideas at the Awards Gala. Initially, Hautepreneurs creators, Jessica Eaves Mathews and Lisa Abeyta, envisioned offering scholarship/mentoring help to three finalists. As the night wore on and donations were tallied it became evident that it was possible to award six as the result of the amazing generosity of community donors! All of the eleven pitches, along with the exhibit displays of the women entrepreneurs showcased talent, vision, dedication and hard work.

“We have become like family over these past weeks,” says Judith Costello, one of the scholarship winners. “Women are like that…we know how to support each other.  I very much appreciate the opportunities that now lie ahead of me! Thank you to all for supporting us in my business. It is a blessing and the Gala was truly magical…complete with a confetti cannon! Wow.”

What is Unwind Studio?

Unwind Studio offers Art Parties for a unique experience in creating. Non-artists can come to enjoy the process of working with paint, handmade paper, corn husks and more. The vision of Unwind Studio is to be the place “Where Art Relieves Stress.”

Judith Costello has over 30 years of experience in the arts. She started out as an art therapist and worked with several dying children who used art to image life beyond their physical bodies. One boy drew teddy bears on everything as an expression of his inner self. Another girl drew butterflies. The teddy bear artist died on Independence Day.

Judith has exhibited her artwork in galleries, at craft show and in print. She has written about the healing properties of art for children and adults alike. She knows it and has lived it!

Currently she is negotiating with restaurants in the East Mountains to offer the Art Parties. A restaurant setting will offer the fun of sipping on a glass of wine while creating.

Judith can also “bring the party to your group.”  Two churches in Albuquerque have requested Sacred Art Experiences. These will begin in late March or April.

Stay tuned. More news coming soon.

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