ARTsmart student show planned

- February 22, 2012

"The Red Dot Gallery and The Art of Home Tour..."

Even if you have already planned most of your events for the upcoming ARTFeast weekend, I suggest you save a bit your energy for the following events: 

The Red Dot Gallery
As part of this annual art and food extravaganza, ARTsmart, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money for arts in the public schools, will host a student exhibit of work by Santa Fe High School students from Thursday, February 23 through March 20 at the Red Dot Gallery, 826 Canyon Rd. The opening reception is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. Proceeds from any art sales are split between the student artist and the classroom teacher, who can use the funds for art supplies.

The Art of Home Tour
The Art of Home Tour is one of my favorite events each year during  ARTFeast, and is free to the public. “There is no admission for the home tour,” said Martine Bertin-Peterson, President of the ARTsmart board. “Santa Fe Properties is underwriting that event and gives us a nice donation.”

The focus this year is on the homes in and around Santa Fe’s north- and south-east quadrants and the vibrant, historic eastside. Candy Brenton, Santa Fe Properties’ marketing director, said the company has selected an eclectic mix of eight residences.  All homes are currently on the market with prices ranging from $625,000 to $4,750,000.  This year’s tour includes a home based on a Frank Lloyd Wright design, a quintessential eastside estate that is the former home of Frank Applegate, originally built in the 1700s, as well as traditional “Santa Fe Style” houses mixed with contemporary and modern homes.

Maps for the Art of Homes Tour are available at,, at Santa Fe Properties office located at 1000 Paseo de Peralta and at all other ARTFeast events. 

Each year, monies raised during ARTFeast and the Art of Home Tour go to supplement regular school funding of art programs.

Other events for this year’s ARTFeast include:

• A Fashion Luncheon
• The Edible Art Tour
• The Feast or Famine Party at the Ore House at Milagro
• The Art of Home Tour
• A Gourmet Dinner and Auction
• An Artists’ Champagne Brunch and Auction

Tickets for all events and more information are available at

And this, from young theater artists at New Mexico School for the Arts
"Love and the Scent of Oranges" is the title of an original dessert-theater piece that the New Mexico School for the Arts theater students are presenting Saturday, February 25 at the school. That’s right, I said “dessert” and not “desert.” You see, starting at 6:30 p.m., patrons can enjoy sweets from Santa Fe confectioners plus coffee, tea and sparkling water. The world premiere show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets are available at the door, but seating is limited, so make reservations at 424-7787 or via

If you haven’t visited this hub for the creative energies of Santa Fe’s youth, the school is at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and East Alameda Street.