Tickets Selling Quickly for Santa Fe’s 9th Annual ARTfeast…

A Winter Weekend of Fine Art, Fine Dining, Fine Wine and Fine Homes: February 23 – 26

World Renowned Artist Richard Tuttle to Be Honored at ARTfeast Dinner

SANTA FE, N.M., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ — As one of the nation’s premier art markets, Santa Fe is drawing record crowds for its 9th annual ARTfeast, a winter weekend of fine art, fine food, fine wine and fine homes. The Santa Fe Gallery Association is hosting this long winter weekend of activities Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th.

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. Approximately 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
World-renowned artist, Richard Tuttle will be honored at the dinner.
Participants can savor a multi-course gourmet dinner created by Santa Fe’s master chefs. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to 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 education programs at Santa Fe public schools.

Art of Home Tours, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Visitors can stroll through some of Santa Fe’s most artistic and elegant homes. Ten percent of the proceeds from art sales in these homes the will go to Santa Fe’s public school art programs.

“Advanced ticket sales are way ahead of last year and we encourage folks who are interested in this year’s gourmet dinner or artist brunch to buy these tickets quickly while there are still remaining seats,” said Mary Harbour, president of ARTsmart and one of the main ARTfeast organizers.

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased for these events at www.artfeast.com or by calling (505) 988-1234 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 non-profit organization benefiting art programs in public schools.

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