Santa Fe Celebrates 9th Annual ARTfeast: A Winter Weekend of Fine Art, Fine Food, Fine Wine and Fine Homes: February 23 – 26, 2006

Santa Fe Hotels and Inns Offering Special Discounts for ARTfeast Long Weekend

SANTA FE, N.M., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Santa Fe, New Mexico’s 9th annual ARTfeast, is once again the premier vacation destination for collectors and connoisseurs interested in a winter weekend of art, wine and food. The Santa Fe Gallery Association is hosting this long winter weekend of activities Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th. The pristine beauty and warm ambience of Santa Fe’s magnificent winter landscape are the backdrop for special exhibitions and events celebrating the range and depth of the region’s fine and culinary arts.

“Last year more than 2,000 people from all over the country as well as many foreign visitors attended ARTfeast,” said Mary Harbour, president of ARTsmart and one of the main organizers for the 2006 events. “We expect attendance this year to exceed those figures.”

The 2006 ARTfeast includes the following events:

THURSDAY, FEB 23
Contemporary Encounter, 7:00 pm
SITE Santa Fe
SITE Santa Fe, Director/Curator discusses Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive
installation, Inopportune, followed by SITE educators leading
participants on an intimate exploration of the exhibition.

FRIDAY, FEB 24
Edible Art Tour (EAT), 5:00 pm
Downtown Santa Fe & Canyon Rd.
Enormously popular, the Edible Art Tour is one of Santa Fe’s most
festive events. More than thirty of Santa Fe’s top galleries partner
with well known local restaurants to offer a night of art and gourmet
food. Participants can view and purchase fine works of art from the
galleries’ special exhibits and enjoy samplings of the great foods from
Santa Fe’s finest restaurants.

SATURDAY, FEB 25
Art of Wine, a Tasting, 3:00 pm
Awakening Museum
Visitors can sample an array of wines from the world’s classic wine
growing regions in the inspired setting of the Awakening Museum.

Gourmet Dinner & Children’s Plate Auction, 6:00 pm
El Centro de Santa Fe
Created by Santa Fe’s master chefs, participants can savor a multi-
course gourmet dinner paired with a selection of outstanding wines.
Ticket holders can bid on plates delightfully designed and painted by
Santa Fe’s public school students.

SUNDAY, FEB 26
Artists’ Brunch & Silent Auction, 12:00 pm
Eldorado Hotel
Ticket holders meet and mingle with Santa Fe’s top artists and gallery
owners, while enjoying a lavish champagne buffet created by Master Chef
Martin Rios. Funds raised in the silent auction support art and artful
experiences at Santa Fe public schools.

Art of Home Tours, 2:00 pm – 4:30pm
Santa Fe Properties, exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates,
has selected some of Santa Fe’s most artistic and elegant homes to
tour. Ten percent of the proceeds from art sales in these homes will
go to Santa Fe’s public school art programs.

TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased for these events at www.artfeast.com or by
calling (505) 603-4643 code 110. Detailed information on individual
events, the weekend ARTfeast package and hotel specials can also be
found at the website.

Visitors interested in attending ARTfeast will receive special
discounts at the following hotels and inns in Santa Fe:.

Eldorado Hotel
Hilton of Santa Fe
Hotel Plaza Real
Inn on the Alameda
Inn of the Anasazi
Inn of the Governors
Inn at Loretto
La Posada de Santa Fe
The Lodge at Santa Fe

ARTfeast is an annual event of the Santa Fe Gallery Association’s ARTsmart, a 501c3 nonprofit organization benefiting art programs in public schools.

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