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Santa Fe, NM
Various locations, February 20-22

Greg Reiche, Blue Arc, steel/glass, 140 x 68 x 64.

Greg Reiche, Blue Arc, steel/glass, 140 x 68 x 64.

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The popular ARTfeast event unfolds this month, featuring a trio of events that bring together artists, collectors, art students, gallery owners, and more. The annual three-day affair sports a few changes for 2015. The Edible Art Tour, which pairs galleries with local restaurants, will now take place in June. “We have decided to take advantage of Santa Fe’s fantastic seasons and spread our events throughout the year,” says Connie Axton, ARTsmart president. ARTfeast is the annual fundraiser for ARTsmart, a nonprofit organization that believes the arts are an important part of a child’s development.

A kickoff cocktail party, It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, is a new addition to the program this year. The party takes place at Peters Projects gallery on Friday, February 20, and includes gourmet appetizers, designer cocktails, and a fashion presentation featuring designs by Patricia Michaels, a former All Star Designer on the Project Runway reality television show.

A tour of artful homes takes place February 21-22 in conjunction with ARTfeast. But the main event continues to be an elegant gala, which this year is titled Step Up to the Plate and which takes place on Saturday, February 21, at 6 p.m. at the Santa Fe Convention Center. A silent auction of hand-painted plates and platters by area students is part of the gala dinner’s festivities, as is an auction and sale of works by Roger Williams, Jami Tobey, Fran Larsen, and Alison Keogh, the four artists participating in the evening’s new Quick Draw event.

This year’s featured artist is Greg Reiche, a sculptor who works in stone, glass, and steel to create abstract forms—arcs, circles, wedges, and portals that interact with their environments. Valerie Plame is serving as the honorary chair of ARTfeast. Plame is a consultant to the Santa Fe Institute but is best known as the former CIA agent who wrote the 2007 memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House. The book chronicled her career before and after her identity was leaked to the press. These days Plame calls Santa Fe home and has a special interest in ensuring that New Mexico’s youth have opportunities to explore the visual arts. —Bonnie Gangelhoff

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