January 21, 2011.  On Friday, February 25, 2011, the 14th Annual ARTfeast Santa Fe kicks off its weekend of events with two luncheons.  The Gentlemen’s Lunch, which is a new item on the ARTfeast menu, focuses on sports in America. The immensely popular Fashion Show & Luncheon is targeted to women interested in Santa Fe’s original designers and award-winning clothiers.

Delectable dining prepared by Luminaria Chef Matt Ostrander is complemented by fine wines selected by sommelier Kate Collins, setting the stage for a runway presentation of apparel by Santa Fe’s most renowned designers and clothiers, auctions of apparel and artworks, and a bazaar where participants can explore and order one-of-a-kind fashions.

New to the runway. Working with a palette of fine leathers and suedes from Italy and Spain, Barbara Grimes of Gossamer Wings embellishes her skirts, jackets, vests, coats, and accessories with semi-precious stones, fetishes, and glass, antique, brass and silver beads.  Magita Story of Elven Velvet offers elegance and travel bliss with her classically designed separates, dresses, gowns, and gloves made of the finest stretch velvets available. Judy Tully selects exotic beads and stones, including onyx, turquoise, coral, and jade, lacing them into necklaces that feel good, look marvelous, and inspire outfits.

Back by popular demand. Harvey and Reserl Chalker met at a ski resort in Bavaria in 1956, married, and moved to New Mexico where they opened Alpine Sports in 1964. Avid sports people, they purvey the most fashionable and functional top-of-the-line skiwear that earned them induction in New Mexico Skiers Hall of Fame in 2006.  Equally impressive are Judy Boles Pena, Louise Lechner and Ceil Swanson Evans who collaborated in 1976 to found Handwoven Originals, which features more than 40 craftspeople who work with organic materials such as wool, silk, and cotton to create wraps, jackets, vests, and accessories noted for color, texture, and versatility.

Auctions. The luncheon is enlivened by live and silent auctions of fashions and jewelry by each of the designers, a set of 12 unique “Marvelous Masks” plates painted by Kearny Elementary School students guided by Gretel Wanenmacher, and bamboo bowls hand-painted by students from Santa Fe’s recently opened New Mexico School for the Arts students.

Reservations. Seating is limited and  tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds from the Fashion Show & Luncheon benefit ARTsmart, a volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds to support art projects and materials for Santa Fe’s schoolchildren.