Take one-part art, food and charity, mix well, and you have the perfect recipe for Santa Fe’s 14th annual ARTfeast, Feb. 25-27. ARTfeast is a weekend of culinary events that benefits the nonprofit ARTsmart, a program that purchases art materials, provides art programs and mentors, and funds art scholarships for Santa Fe Public Schools. Almost $850,000 has been donated in the past thirteen years.
Throughout the weekend, art projects created by SFPS schoolchildren are available for purchase, including one-of-a-kind plates in the celebrated “I Made It!” plate competition.
Fri., Feb. 25
The Fashion Show and Luncheon offers a delectable meal complemented by fine wines and a runway presentation by a variety of local and regional designers and artists at the Inn and Spa of Loretto. A special set of 12 “I Made It!” plates is on the auction block.
The Gentlemen’s Lunch at Rio Chama Steakhouse features sports journalist Marjorie Lewis who covered the Dallas Cowboys beat from legendary coach Tom Landry to controversial owner Jerry Jones. This new event includes great food, drink, cigars, and stimulating commentary.
At 5 p.m., Santa Fe’s galleries open their doors with great art and delectable savories during the Edible Art Tour (EAT). Forty members of the Santa Fe Gallery Association pair with the city’s top restaurateurs, caterers, and chefs. Shuttle buses transport ticketholders from the Downtown to Canyon Road.
After EAT closes its doors at 8 p.m., the party moves to Milagro 139 where the Feast or Famine mixer purveys beer, munchies, music, and dancing designed for the over-21 crowd.
Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27
Much has been written about Santa Fe’s incredible architecture and warm adobe walls. The Art of Homes is a self-guided tour of grand estates and in-town homes selected by Santa Fe Properties. Each is tastefully appointed with art chosen by Santa Fe gallerists. On display and open for silent auction at each of the homes will be metal sculptures designed by Santa Fe High School students, and underwritten by Inside Santa Fe.
Sat., Feb. 26
Every year ARTsmart honors one of the state’s top artists. The 2011 ARTfeast proudly recognizes Santa Fe sculptor Rebecca Tobey at the Gourmet Dinner. Five renowned chefs converge to cook an unparalleled five-course meal at world-class Encantado Resort, with each course complemented by a perfect aperitif and wine. A sculpture by Tobey will be up for live bidding, with silent auctions of winners of the “I Made It!” plates competition and ceramic tiles created by students mentored by Tobey.
Sun., Feb. 27
The Artists’ Champagne Brunch is a grand finale at historic Bishop’s Lodge. Featuring more than 20 artists whose work is available in live bidding, the auction block also includes an “I Made It!” plate-set, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, travel packages, and unique experiences that make life worth living.
Tickets can be purchased at artfeast.com, by calling 505-603-4643, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at 102 E. Water, Santa Fe, El Centro Mall. A discounted All-Event Package of $350 per person is available online, as well as Table Reservation Discounts for limited seating events. For more information, visit artfeast.com.