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27 AUGUST 2008. On the weekend of 20-22 February 2009, Santa Fe transforms into a moveable feast that takes place in cozy galleries and glorious banquet halls throughout the city. The marriage of fine art and fine food in the 12th Annual ARTfeast Santa Fe 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.

A Great Time for a Great Cause. Through ARTsmart, ARTfeast’s nonprofit organizer, ticket proceeds and purchases provide young people with the skills, materials, and scholarships needed to creatively respond to life. In 2008, $100,000 was donated to art programs and $60,000 was committed to endowments that perpetuate a kid’s opportunity to be creative. Since its inception, ARTsmart has donated just under $650,000 to the City’s youth.

The Best of Santa Fe. Voted Top 3 Best Food Event in 2008 by the Santa Fe Reporter, ARTfeast weekend begins on Friday at noon with a sumptuous repast with complementary wines during the Fashion Show & Luncheon.  Chic apparel designed for a variety of ages, bodies, and lifestyles by Dallas-based Allie-Coosh is complemented by world-class menswear from Santa Fe clothier Robert R. Bailey. On the auction block are Art Colors My World stained and fused glass projects made by Santa Fe students.

The popular Edible Art Tour follows Friday evening from 5 to 8 pm. This odyssey of art, food, and drink is served by the city’s restaurateurs in the artful ambience of more than 30 galleries. Ticket holders amble through the most “walkable” art center in the country, or hop on buses shuttling between galleries on historic Canyon Road and the vital Downtown Plaza.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Art of Home Tour showcases exceptional residences enhanced by artwork supplied by Santa Fe’s gallerists and ARTsmart projects by schoolchildren. Selected by the City’s premier real estate firm, Santa Fe Properties, these grand estates and intimate in-town properties are open from noon to 4 pm, and admission is free.

At 6 pm on Saturday, the elegant Gourmet Dinner & Auction recognizes Honorary Artist Fran Larsen. A longtime resident of Santa Fe, Larsen is renowned for her exuberant acrylic paintings of New Mexico’s landscape. The epicurean multi-course dinner is a collaboration between five of Santa Fe’s top chefs and paired with perfect wines. Highlights include silent and live auctions of the winning plates in the I Made It! Plate Competition and the Spectrum of Emotions Paintings created by students mentored by Larsen.

ARTfeast weekend caps off with the Sunday Artists’ Champagne Brunch, which brings together art collectors, gallerists, and artists in an exciting auction atmosphere. Starting at noon, ticketholders sample champagne and mimosas as they preview both live and silent auctions of paintings, sculptures, and enticing packages that include returning to the Land of Enchantment for cooking classes, ballooning, rafting, skiing, and more. Also on the auction block are Many Perspectives Metal Sculptures created by Al Trujillo’s Santa Fe High School welding class.

Ticket Purchase.  By phone 505.603.4643, email info@artfeast.com, and ARTfeast Offices, 102 E. Water, El Centro Mall. Discounted all-event ticket details are found online at artfeast.com.  Edible Art Tour tickets also available through Tickets Santa Fe, Lensic Box Office, 505.988.1234, ticketssantafe.com.

The Perfect Weekend Getaway. Tastefully at the top of every traveler’s wish list, Santa Fe’s lodgers offer weekend specials, providing relaxing breaks between ARTfeast’s bountiful pleasures. To plan additional adventures go to the Santa Fe Visitors and Convention Bureau (santafe.org), Santa Fe Arts and Culture (santafeartsandculture.org), or New Mexico Tourism Department (newmexico.org). 

Details & Underwriters
Fashion Show & Luncheon Friday, 12-2 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
Art of Home Tour Saturday & Sunday, 12-4 PM, Free Admission, underwritten by Santa Fe Properties, Exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates
Gourmet Dinner & Auction Honoring Fran Larsen Saturday, 6 PM, La Posada de Santa Fe, $150, Dinner underwritten by Southwest Art & Children’s Art Projects by Los Alamos National Bank
Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction Sunday, 11:30 AM – 2 PM, Inn at Loretto, $65, underwritten by The Lofts, LLC, and The Essential Guide