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Sept. 1, 2010.  Food nourishes the body.  Art feeds the soul. When the two come together for ARTfeast, visitors are enriched in myriad ways.  Taking place February 25-27, 2011, ARTfeast is Santa Fe’s premier winter celebration. The weekend of events benefits the nonprofit ARTsmart, which contributes proceeds to the Santa Fe Public Schools to purchase art materials, provide art programs and mentors, and fund art scholarships.  Just under $850,000 has been donated in the past thirteen years.

The 14th Annual ARTfeast commences on Friday at noon and continues through Sunday with seven exciting events.  Throughout the weekend, art projects created by SFPS schoolchildren are available for purchase, including one-of-a-kind plates in the celebrated “I Made It!” plate competition.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

  • The Fashion Show and Luncheon offers a delectable meal complemented by fine wines and a runway presentation by a variety of local and regional designers and artists at the Inn and Spa of Loretto. A special set of 12 “I Made It!” plates is on the auction block.
  • The Gentlemen’s Lunch at Rio Chama Steakhouse features sports journalist Marjorie Lewis who covered the Dallas Cowboys beat from legendary coach Tom Landry to controversial owner Jerry Jones. This new event includes great food, drink, cigars, and stimulating commentary.
  • At 5 pm, Santa Fe’s galleries open their doors with great art and delectable savories during the Edible Art Tour (EAT). Thirty plus members of the Santa Fe Gallery Association pair with the city’s top restaurateurs, caterers, and chefs. Shuttle buses transport ticketholders from the Railyard to Downtown and Canyon Road.
  • After EAT closes its doors at 8 pm, the party moves to Milagro 139 where the Feast or Famine mixer purveys beer, munchies, music, and dancing designed for the over-21 crowd.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26-27

Much has been written about Santa Fe’s incredible architecture and warm adobe walls.  The Art of Homes is a self-guided tour of grand estates and in-town homes selected by Santa Fe Properties.  Each is tastefully appointed with art chosen by Santa Fe gallerists.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Every year ARTsmart honors one of the state’s top artists. The 2011 ARTfeast proudly recognizes Santa Fe sculptor Rebecca Tobey at the Gourmet Dinner. Five renowned chefs converge to cook an unparalleled five-course meal at world-class Encantado Resort, with each course complemented by a perfect aperitif and wine. A sculpture by Tobey will be up for live bidding, with silent auctions of winners of the “I Made It!” plates competition and sculptures created by students mentored by Tobey.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

The Artists’ Champagne Brunch is a grand finale at historic Bishop’s Lodge. Featuring more than 20 artists whose work is available in live bidding, the auction block also includes an “I Made It!” plate-set, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, travel packages, and unique experiences that make life worth living.

TICKETS, EVENT DETAILS & UNDERWRITERS

Tickets can be purchased at artfeast.com, by phone 505.603.4643, email at info@artfeast.com, or in person at 102 E. Water, Santa Fe, El Centro Mall. A discounted All-Event Package of $350 per person is available online, as well as Table Reservation Discounts for limited seating events.

Fashion Show & Luncheon, Friday, February 25, 11:30 am-2 pm, Inn at Loretto, $100, tables of ten, $900. Underwritten by Collector’s Guide

Gentlemen’s Lunch, Friday, February 25, 12-2 pm, Rio Chama Steakhouse, $100, tables of six $550. Underwritten by Frontier Frames

Edible Art Tour, Friday, February 25, 5-8 pm, Railyard, Canyon Road & Downtown, $35. Underwritten by Santa Fean Magazine

Feast or Famine, Friday, February 25, 8-2 pm, Coyote Cafe, $15 or free with EAT ticket. Underwritten by American Art Collector and Western Art Collector

Art of Home Tour, Saturday & Sunday, February 26-27, 12-4 pm, free admission. Underwritten by Santa Fe Properties, Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates

Gourmet Dinner & Auction Honoring Rebecca Tobey, Saturday, February 26, 6 pm, Encantado Resort, $175. Underwritten by Southwest Art

Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction, Sunday, February 27, 11:30 am-2 pm, Bishop’s Lodge, $75. Underwritten by The Essential Guide