A great time was had by all—and money was raised for local youth art programs—at the 14th annual ARTfeast event in Santa Fe, held the weekend of February 25-27. Things kicked off on Friday afternoon at the Inn & Spa at Loretto, which hosted the Fashion Show & Luncheon. It was a festive scene as guests admired beautiful clothing and exquisite jewelry. But my favorite part was the silent auction, for which Santa Fe schoolchildren had started with simple wooden bowls and then taken incredible creative license to come up with an amazing variety of three-dimensional artworks.
Later that night it was on to the popular Edible Art Tour, during which gallery-goers enjoyed mild weather and tasty treats from local restaurants. We arrived early at Pippin Meikle Fine Art to sample the always-delicious margaritas and guacamole from Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen. We marveled at the extent to which Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art had been transformed into an English pub. We regretted that we missed the “Like Water For Chocolate” theme at McLarry Fine Art.
And finally, on Saturday evening we headed just outside Santa Fe proper to the posh Encantado Resort, a new venue this year for the elegant Gourmet Dinner & Auction. As usual, bidding was competitive for the kids’ decorated plates in the lobby, and for the ceramic tiles displayed on the dinner tables. Some of Santa Fe’s top chefs prepared a sumptuous four-course meal, each course paired with a different wine. Sculptor Rebecca Tobey was recognized as this year’s Honorary Artist and gave a lovely, heartfelt speech to the art-lovers in attendance. It was a fitting end to a great weekend for art in Santa Fe. –Kristin Hoerth