Santa Fe is a town rich with artistic diversity. In order to preserve this tradition, however, the artists of today need to make a commitment to the artisans of the future. Funding for supplies, education and inviting visiting artists to appear in the schools, in addition to scholarships all aim to encourage the creators and thinkers of the next generation.

For many years the merchants and galleries along Canyon Road have played an active part in ensuring the future of the Santa Fe arts community, and 2012 is no different. Many of our galleries are already preparing for the Edible Art Tour, just one of the many events of this year’s ARTFeast, scheduled February 24th-26th.

This year’s Edible Art Tour is scheduled for the evening of Friday February 24th. More than 30 Canyon Road galleries are teamed with local chefs and restaurants to present a night that is a delight for the senses. Savor and stroll through the galleries as you get to taste some of the best dining that Santa Fe has to offer, all while enjoying the best in fine art. Special exhibitions and tantalizing themes combine to ensure a memorable evening.

Now in its 15th year, ARTFeast is the main fundraising event for ARTSmart, a local non-profit dedicated to helping the artists of tomorrow with the tools they need to learn and grow as artists. Their mission statement is: “ARTSmart ensures that Santa Fe and New Mexico youth have the opportunity to explore, experience and engage in the visual arts, a critical component of every student’s education.” To learn more about ARTSmart and ARTFeast please visit http://artfeast.com/.

While the Edible Art Tour is the most popular of the weekend’s events, it is just one part of a fantastic fundraiser. From fashion to architecture there is plenty of other ways to enjoy the unique creativity of Santa Fe. Other weekend events include:

Friday Feb 24th:

Art of Fashion Runway Show & Luncheon -11:30 am – 2 pm

Inn at Loretto – Delectable dining is paired with a runway presentation of apparel and accessories. An auction features special items by each of the designers.

Edible Art Tour – 5-8 pm

Canyon Road & Downtown – More than 40 Galleries from downtown and Canyon Road are paired with local chefs and restaurants for a night of fine art and dining that is sure to please the senses.

Feast or Famine – 8 pm – 2 am

Ore House at Milagro – After enjoying the Edible Art tour come dance the night away. The party includes light hors d’oeuvres by Chef Fernando Ruiz, beer supplied by Premier Distributing, and a cash bar. DJs Joe Ray Sandoval, King George, and Aztec Sol promise you’ll sweat the night away.

 Saturday February 25th:

Art of Home Tour – 12 – 4 pm

Admission is free for this two-day open house which combines the beauty of Santa Fe’s real estate with artwork. Brochures describing each of the homes with a detailed map are available at santafeproperties.com and artfeast.com, as well as at all ARTFeast events and SFP and ARTSmart offices.

Gourmet Dinner & Auction Honoring Poteet Victory

Encantado Resort – ARTSmart is proud to honor Santa Fe painter Poteet Victory during the Gourmet Dinner. The multi-course banquet features Epicurean excellence and is complemented by aperitifs and wines. During the auctions, collectors vie for several unique items.

Sunday February 26th:

Art of Home Tour – 12 – 4 pm

The Art of Home Tour Continues with its second day.

Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction – 11:30 am – 2 pm

Scottish Rite Temple – A group of passionate artists and art collectors gathers at the Scottish Rite Temple where they are treated to a scrumptious brunch. Live bidding takes place for artworks by featured artists, and come prepared to take advantage of great deals on a bountiful group of silent auction items, including sculptures, paintings, jewelry, memorable travel, restaurant, spa and resort packages, and more.

For more information on all of these events, or to purchase tickets please visit http://artfeast.com/visit/tickets/.