1 FEBRUARY 2008, SANTA FE, NM. Fabulous clothing, food, and wines selected by Opici Imports are a winning combination during ARTfeast’s Fashion Luncheon, February 22, 2008, at Inn at Loretto. The luncheon features new designs from the Paulette Martsolf Collection. This exclusive custom line by the Dallas-based founder of Allie-Coosh is modeled in a runway show emceed by arts supporter Alice Lusk. Models include Santa Fe businesswomen Jane Norwood, Sara McRee, Holly Bradshaw Eakes, Suzanne Brandt, Joyce Robins, Elizabeth McGuinness, and Karen Bard.
Martsolf, who believes that apparel should make a woman feel beautiful and comfortable from the moment she gets dressed in the morning until she goes to bed at night, has put together a collection of her jackets, pants, shawls, and leggings in muted tones and bright colors of silk and linen imported from Italy and France. “This year’s show features incredible textures, as well as new shapes and colors,” says Martsolf.

Auction. While enjoying the lunch, guests are treated to a brief live auction of two delightful “I Made It!” plate-sets made by Santa Fe schoolchildren. One set of eight plates has abstract designs, while the other set was influenced by Vincent van Gogh’s flower paintings. (Plate-sets are on view February 15-18, at Joyce Robins Gallery, 201 Galisteo St, call 505.989.8795 for hours.) The fashion show will also inspire bidding on two roundtrip tickets to Dallas on Southwest Airlines for a shopping spree and a gift certificate at Allie-Coosh.

Wearable Art Bazaar. In Loretto’s small ballroom, a trunk show is open to the public free of charge. “Most of these artists sell their work around the country,” says Jane Bradley, organizer. “We have selected the highest quality items and set up the shopping environment like a bazaar. It is a relaxed atmosphere in which guests can wander from booth to booth and talk with the creators of this fabulous work.”

Artisans included in the Wearable Art Bazaar are:

• Rachel Arvio, fine sculpture and jewelry
• Jane Bradley, jewelry for the discerning woman
• Venus Brightstar, leather garments
• Barbara Ehrlich, fine handwovens
• Robin Pascal, handwoven and novelty yarn garments
• Paula Shaw, wearable art for your walls
• John Trujillo, jeweler to the stars
• Carry Wilcox, Un Abrazo Handwovens
• J.B. Pena & Handwoven Originals: weavings by Barbara Holloway and Julie Wardwell, feltworks by Marjo Heert, painted silks by Laura Quilligan, and vintage jewelry designs by Deborah Vaughn.
• Allie-Coosh Fashions & Accessories. Garments created on the Dallas premises by this designer and her staff. Cut along simple, elegant lines, the designs coordinate with other separates in classic, natural fabrics that know no season. Accessorizes include handcrafted scarves and jewelry made by artisans from around the world. Select from the trunk show or choose a favorite fabric and design and have your selections made to your measurements.


What: Fashion Luncheon & Wearable Art Bazaar
When: Friday, February 22, 2008
Bazaar, 10 am to 5 pm, free admission
Luncheon, 12 to 2 pm, $125 per person; table of 10, $1,000
Where: Inn at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Why: A portion of the proceeds benefit ARTsmart, a 501c3 nonprofit that fosters art programs for young people in the city of Santa Fe.
Tickets: Tickets are through Tickets Santa Fe, ticketssantafe.com, 988.1234
Underwriters: Alice & Ed Lusk, with runway sponsors Lexus of Albuquerque, First National Bank of Santa Fe and Merrill Lynch, and wines provided by Opici Imports.