Now in its 11th season, ARTfeast is heralded as one of the most inspired reasons for a weekend getaway. Held February 21-24, 2008, this extravaganza features the City Different’s world-class chefs and restaurants, an international array of vintners, designer fashions and unique homes, along with nationally and regionally prominent artists represented by members of the Santa Fe Gallery Association.

All of this festivity provides young people with the skills needed to creatively respond to life. Proceeds from ARTfeast fund art programs and materials for Santa Fe youth. Through the nonprofit ARTsmart, $90,000 was donated in 2007 and nearly a half-million dollars since the event’s inception.

The fun begins with a Contemporary Encounter on Thursday evening. Food and wine are served in the galleries of SITE Santa Fe, where Director Laura Heon illuminates the pioneering video and electronic art of internationally acclaimed Steina.

On Friday, the Fashion Luncheon & Wearable Art Bazaar stages a runway presentation of elegant, yet comfortable fashions by Dallas-based Allie-Coosh. A shopping bazaar of original creations by New Mexico’s clothing and accessory designers follows. The popular Edible Art Tour on Friday evening is an odyssey of art, food and drink served by the city’s restaurateurs in the ambience of 30 art galleries. Amble through the most “walkable” art center in the country, or be transported on buses shuttling between locations on historic Canyon Road and the Downtown.

Saturday begins with the Art of Home Tour in which exceptional residences selected by Santa Fe Properties are enhanced by artwork supplied by Santa Fe’s gallerists and schoolchildren (tour repeats on Sunday). In the afternoon, participants sample wines by more than 25 vintners with mellow jazz during the Art of Wine & Jazz. Starting at 6 pm, a multi-course Gourmet Dinner recognizes Honorary Artist Roxanne Swentzell. Created by five epicurean chefs, the dinner is paired with perfect wines and enlivened by an auction of handmade plates and sculptures by Santa Fe schoolchildren.

ARTfeast weekend concludes with the Sunday Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction, which brings together art collectors, gallerists and artists in an exciting auction atmosphere. Both live and silent bidding take place for paintings, sculptures and enticing packages that include returning to the Land of Enchantment for cooking classes, ballooning, rafting, skiing and more.

Many of Santa Fe’s lodgers and bed-and-breakfasts offer weekend specials, providing relaxing breaks between the bountiful pleasures that put Santa Fe tastefully at the top of every traveler’s wish list.

For details and ticketing visit http://www.artfeast.com and http://www.santafegalleryassociation.org.

To plan additional adventures go to http://www.santafe.org and http://www.newmexico.org.