28 AUGUST 2009. Now in its 13th year, ARTfeast has become Santa Fe’s premier winter celebration. The weekend of events, February 26-28, is acclaimed for lifting spirits, satisfying palates, and paying forward the artful experiences of Santa Fe’s youth.

“A great time for a creative cause” is ARTfeast’s motto in bringing together the finest art, food, wine, fashions, and homes. As a fundraiser for the nonprofit ARTsmart, ticket proceeds and purchases throughout the weekend are contributed to the public schools to purchase art materials, provide art programs and mentors, and fund art scholarships. Just under three-quarters of a million dollars has been donated to date.

In the past decade, ARTfeast aficionados have come to prize not only the sumptuous cuisine created by the city’s top chefs and art by the best painters and sculptors in the world, but also the remarkable originality of Santa Fe’s budding artists, who compete in a variety of ARTsmart programs. Among them is the popular “I Made It!” ceramic plate design competition, the results of which are offered throughout the weekend, as well as artworks created by high school students mentored by Honorary Artist Sam Scott.

The celebration commences on Friday at the Inn and Spa at Loretto where the Fashion Show and Luncheon offers a delectable meal complemented by fine wines and a runway presentation of fashions by local and regional designers. A special set of 12 “I Made It!” plates is on the auction block.

At  5 pm, revelers take to the streets in the Edible Art Tour (EAT). Thirty members of the Santa Fe Gallery Association host special exhibition openings that are catered by the top restaurateurs and chefs in the city. Shuttle buses transport ticketholders from the Downtown to Canyon Road.

After EAT closes its doors at 8 pm, the party moves to the Coyote Cafe where the Feast or Famine mixer purveys beer, munchies, music, and dancing. This new event is designed for the over-21 crowd.

Curious about what’s behind those adobe walls?  Fill your afternoons with the  free Art of Home Tour. This self-guided tour of grand estates and in-town homes selected by Santa Fe Properties stimulates architecturally and visually with interiors bedecked in artworks supplied by Santa Fe gallerists.

Every year ARTsmart honors one of the state’s top artists. In 2010 Santa Fe painter Sam Scott is recognized at the Gourmet Dinner, which is held in the Old World elegance of La Posada de Santa Fe. Five renowned chefs create an unparalleled five-course meal, with each course complemented by a perfect aperitif and wine. All of the plates in the “I Made It!” plate competition go up for bid, along with a plate-set and other surprises.

The Artists’ Champagne Brunch is a grand finale at Hotel Santa Fe, where the hotel’s famed Amaya Restaurant chefs weave ancient and contemporary foods into a festive auction atmosphere. Live and silent bidding takes place for an “I Made It!” plate-set, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, adventures, travel packages, and unique experiences that make life worth living.

As a nonprofit, ARTsmart welcomes donations that help ensure the arts are kept alive in Santa Fe Public Schools.  Visit the Get Involved Page for donor levels and information about the special Donor Thank You event held Thursday evening, February 25, at Zane Bennett Contemporary and underwritten by Western Art and Architecture.

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

Fashion Show & Luncheon, Friday, February 26, 11:30 am-2 pm, Inn at Loretto, $100. Underwritten by Collector’s Guide
Edible Art Tour, Friday, 5-8 pm, Canyon Road & Downtown, $35. Underwritten by Santa Fean Magazine
Feast or Famine, Friday, 8 pm, Coyote Cafe, $10 or free with EAT ticket.
Art of Home Tour, Saturday & Sunday,  February 27-28, 12-4 pm, free admission. Underwritten by Santa Fe Properties, Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates
Gourmet Dinner & Auction Honoring Sam Scott, Saturday, February 27, 6 pm, La Posada de Santa Fe, $175. Underwritten by Southwest Art
Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction, Sunday, February 28, 11:30 am- 2 pm, Hotel Santa Fe, $75. Underwritten by The Essential Guide