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ARTsmart is celebrating its seminal 15th Annual ARTfeast Santa Fe, which takes place February 24-26, 2012. The event headliners are better than ever, representing some of the finest artists, galleries, chefs, homes, and jewelry, apparel and accessory designers. Visit artfeast.com for details.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Art of Fashion Runway Show & Luncheon
Underwritten by The Collector’s Guide
11:30 am – 2 pm, Inn at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail
$100, tables of ten $900, limited seating
Delectable dining prepared by Inn at Loretto Executive Chef Matt Ostrander is complemented by fine wines and a runway presentation of apparel and accessories by the following: Elizabeth Wilson’s Asiatica creates unique and timeless styles using vintage Japanese kimono fabrics, contemporary Japanese textiles from NUNO and Italian linens and woolens. Roy Flynn of Boots & Boogie purveys custom-made boots in a rainbow of colors and a variety of hides, from alligator to giraffe, buffalo to elephant. The Cicada Collection is dedicated to a highly edited personal style emphasizing classical styles with a contemporary sensibility that is season-less, ageless, and effortlessly wearable. Magita Story of Elven Velvet debuts her 2012 line of velvet separates, dresses, and gowns that are coveted for their elegance, comfort, and practicality. Golden Eye, founded by Norah Pierson, employs bench jewelers who follow her tradition of using high-karat gold and fine gemstones to create jewels ranging from ancient to futuristic, from geometric to representational. Scott O’Farrell of the O’Farrell Hat Company creates custom hats of the finest materials that are perfectly proportioned from crown to rim. And Tsosie-Gaussoin is a family of jewelers of Picuris Pueblo and Navajo heritage, including matriarch Connie Tsosie Gaussoin and sons David Gaussoin and Wayne Nez Gaussoin. They work in gold and silver, mixing traditional Native American applications with a contemporary flair. Auction items include jewelry, boots, and apparel by each of the designers, a set of 12 unique plates on the theme of Captivating Cats and hand-painted silk scarves by Aspen Community School students.

Edible Art Tour
Underwritten by Santa Fean Magazine
5-8 pm, Canyon Road & Downtown
Gallery & Restaurant pairings at the end of this release
It’s three-hours of decadence that folks die(t) for every February! More than forty galleries throw open their doors to welcome a gaze-and-graze crowd Downtown and along legendary Canyon Road. Special exhibitions, tantalizing themes, and signature sweets and savories prepared by the city’s most creative restaurants, caterers, and chefs make your amble a delightful sampling of the Best of Santa Fe. Plan your path of no resistance on the map with gallery-restaurant pairings below. If you need a lift, shuttle buses take you to your next food and art adventure.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (continued)
Feast or Famine
Underwritten by American Art Collector & Western Art Collector
8 pm – 2 am, Ore House at Milagro
139 West San Francisco St.
Happy Feet is best known as a movie, but it is also the handle for Feast or Famine, which challenges the notion that Santa Fe doesn’t have a nightlife. Once EAT closes its doors, the over-21 crowd is invited to Ore House at Milagro. The party includes light hors d’oeuvres by Chef Fernando Ruiz, beer supplied by Premier Distributing, and a cash bar. DJs Joe Ray Sandoval, King George, and Aztec Sol promise you’ll sweat the night away.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25-26

Art of Home Tour
Underwritten by Santa Fe Properties
12 – 4 pm, free admission
“We’ve selected an eclectic mix of eight residences, including gracious estates with mountain views and intimate homes nestled into historic neighborhoods,” says Candy Brenton of Santa Fe Properties, affiliate of Luxury Portfolio International. “They range from semi-custom to custom dream homes with a variety of architectural styles and prices.” Admission is free for this two-day open house which combines the beauty of Santa Fe’s real estate with artwork offered by Beals & Abbate Fine Art, Gallery 822, Gerald Peters Gallery, Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery, The William & Joseph Gallery, Vivo Contemporary, and Winterowd Fine Art, teachers from Fine Art for Children & Teens, and metal sculptures by Santa Fe High School students. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales goes to ARTsmart. Brochures describing each of the homes with a detailed map are available at santafeproperties.com and artfeast.com, as well as at all ARTfeast events and SFP and ARTsmart offices.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Gourmet Dinner & Auction Honoring Poteet Victory
Underwritten by Southwest Art, 6 pm
Encantado Resort, 198 State Road 592
$175, tables of ten $1,500, limited seating
ARTsmart is proud to honor Santa Fe painter Poteet Victory (see page 12) during the Gourmet Dinner. Epicurean excellence earmarks the menu, which was designed and prepared by Encantado’s Terra Executive Chef Charles Dale and Mark Connell from Max’s and Tomme, Steven Lemon from O Eating House, Kim Müller from Real Food Nation Cafe & Supper Club, and Loren Parish from Body. The multi-course banquet is complemented by aperitifs and wines chosen by sommelier Kate Collins. During the auctions, collectors vie for a painting by Victory, a documentary video made just for you by Toby Younis, winners of the “I Made It!” competition, a set of 12 unique plates on the theme of Postcards from New Mexico, an entrance arbor created by SFHS students working with Al Trujillo and Christopher Thomson, and paintings by SFHS students mentored by Victory.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction
Underwritten by The Essential Guide
11:30 am – 2 pm, Scottish Rite Temple
463 Paseo de Peralta
$75, tables of eight $600, limited seating
A group of passionate artists and art collectors gathers at the Scottish Rite Temple where they are treated to a scrumptious brunch created by Peas ‘n’ Pod chefs Catherine O’Brien and Glenda Griswold, accompanied by spirited libations, from champagne to Bloody Marys. Live bidding takes place for artworks by the featured artists, including Nigel Conway from GF Contemporary, Phyllis Kapp from Waxlander Gallery, Barry McCuan from Ventana Fine Art, Barbara Meikle from Pippin Meikle Fine Art, and Christopher Thomson from The Peterson-Cody Gallery. A set of 12 original plates on the theme of Brilliant Butterflies is also on the auction block. And come prepared to take advantage of great deals on a bountiful group of silent auction items, including sculptures, paintings, jewelry, memorable travel, restaurant, spa and resort packages, and more.

FRIDAY EDIBLE ART TOUR GALLERIES & RESTAURANTS

DOWNTOWN
222 Shelby Street Gallery & Amavi Restaurant, 222 Shelby St., 982.8889
Blue Rain Gallery & The Palace Restaurant & Saloon, 130 Lincoln Ave., Ste. D, 954.9902
Evoke Contemporary & Il Piatto Cucina Italiana, 130 Lincoln Ave., 995.9902
Galerie Zuger & Dinner for Two, 120 W. San Francisco St., 984.5099
Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery & O Eating House, 315 Johnson St., 988.2225
Joe Wade Fine Art & El Farol, 102 E. Water St., 988.2727
Legends Santa Fe & Santacafe, 125 Lincoln Ave., 983.5639
Pippin Contemporary & Balconies on the Plaza, 125 Lincoln Ave., 795.7476
Signature Gallery & The Pantry Restaurant, 102 E. Water St., 983.1050
Singleton-Biss Museum of Fine Art & Raaga Fine Indian Dining, 112 W. San Francisco St., 995.9713
Windsor Betts & Cowgirl BBQ, 143 Lincoln Ave. at Marcy St., 820.1234

CANYON ROAD
Arroyo Santa Fe & Zia Diner, 241 Delgado St., 988.1002
Beals and Abbate Fine Art & Las Fuentes at Bishop’s Lodge, 713 Canyon, 438.8881
Canyon Road Contemporary & Marisco’s Costa Azul, 403 Canyon, 983.0433
Charles Azbell Gallery & Del Charro Saloon at Inn of the Governors, 203A Canyon, 988.1875
Darnell Fine Art & Jambo Café, 640 Canyon, 984.0840
Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art & Tommy Bahama, 621 Canyon, 989.7855
Frank Howell Gallery & Cowgirl BBQ, 203 Canyon, 984.1074
Gaugy Gallery & Peas ‘n’ Pod, 418 Canyon, 984.2800
GF Contemporary & Whole Foods Market Catering, 707 Canyon, 983.3707
Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art & Rooftop Pizzeria, 702 Canyon, 986.1156
InArt Santa Fe & La Boca, 219 Delgado St., 983.6537
Jane Sauer Gallery & La Plazuela at LaFonda, 652 Canyon, 995.8513
Mark White Fine Art & Blue Corn Cafe & Brewery, 414 Canyon, 982.2073
Matthews Gallery & Ore House at Milagro, 669 Canyon, 992-2882
McLarry Modern & TBA, 225 Canyon, 983.8589
Meyer East Gallery & TBA, 225 Canyon 983.1657
Mill Fine Art & Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, 530 Canyon, 982.9212
NuArt Gallery & La Casa Sena, 670 Canyon, 988.3888
Pippin Meikle Fine Art & Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen, 236 Delgado St., 992.0400
Red Dot Gallery & SFCC Culinary School, 826 Canyon, 820.7338
River Trading Post & The Ranch House, 610B Canyon, 982.2805
Sage Creek Gallery & Pizzeria da Lino, 421 Canyon, 988.3444
Silver Sun Santa Fe & Blue Heron Restaurant at Sunrise Springs, 656 Canyon, 983.8743
Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths & Steaksmith, 656 Canyon, 988.7215
Ventana Fine Art & Guadalupe Café, 400 Canyon, 983.8815
Vivo Contemporary & Jinja Bar & Bistro, 725 Canyon, 982.1320
Waxlander Gallery & Terra at Encantado Resort, 622 Canyon, 984.2202
Wiford Gallery & Luminaria at Inn at Loretto, 403 Canyon, 982.2403
William & Joseph Gallery & Kakawa Chocolate House, 727 Canyon, 982.9404
Winterowd Fine Art & Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe, 701 Canyon, 992.8878
Zaplin-Lampert Gallery & Osteria d’Assisi, 651 Canyon, 982.6100