Santa Fe art: gaze and graze at the Edible Art Tour

Here’s a recipe for success. Take 40 art galleries, add an equal amount of food purveyors (restaurants, caterers and other food purveyors), a little wine, some entertainment and surprises; simmer and stir. The result is Santa Fe’s annual Edible Art Tour (EAT) three hours of culture, grazing, wine, entertainment and fun. The tour is part of ARTFeast a weekend of art events sponsored by ARTsmart.

Galleries along Canyon Road, Lincoln Avenue and other downtown locations will open their doors on Friday, February 24th from 5pm to 8pm to benefit ARTsmart, a program that give financial support to art education programs in the city’s schools.

A peek at what EAT goers can expect:

Canyon Road area:

Santa Fe art: Edible art tour

Deborah Fritz behind bars when gf contemporary went "Chicago" at 2011 EAT, photo/Steve Collins

Last year’s prize winners for Best Overall Theme, gf contemporary (their Chicago themed extravaganza was a crowd pleaser) and their sister gallery, Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, plan to take you to Neverland this year. You’ll meet Peter, Wendy, Captain Hook (character actor Daniel Halleck, who now works at the gallery) and more. The pièce de résistance, created by Ray Valdez, the man behind the annual Zozobra, is a walk-through rock skull complete with fog machine that will take you to the Pirate Cove (aka gf contemporary). The rest of Neverland is across the road at the fine art branch.

Santa Fe art: Kiwi Lagoon part of the "Juicy" show at Beals & Abate

Detail from Anthony Abbate's Kiwi Lagoon, courtesy Beals and Abbate Fine Art

This is the first ARTFeast for the new Beals & Abbate Fine Art. Their theme for the evening is “Juicy;” also the title of their new show opening at EAT. The fruit-centered show features the work of gallery co-owner, Anthony Abbate. Think pomegranates with all those seeds to maneuver around or a succulent peach or a lush melon. The gallery’s other owner, Bobby Beals, says the night will be special. In addition to lots of juicy fruit there will be food created by Chef Chris McLean of Bishop’s Lodge Resort and Spa’s Las Fuentes’, art projections on the outside of the building, music from classical guitarist Omar Villanueva (joined by another guitar and a bass player) as well as occasional surprises throughout the evening.

Santa Fe art: Edible Art Tour

Dominique Boisjoli's "My Heart My Joy" from Red Hot and Ocean Blue photo/Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art

It is also the first EAT for Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, opened last spring. Red Hot and Ocean Blue brings the tropics to Santa Fe with island food prepared from recipes from national chain Tommy Bahamas’s. The restaurants, owned by the eponymous company known for Hawaiian-style shirts and tropical look clothing, are found in some of their stores around the country.

Santa Fe art: Edible Art Tour

Detail from Tim Tate's "Mad Hatter", photo/ Tim Tate, courtesy Jane Sauer Gallery

Jane Sauer Gallery is also opening a new exhibit at EAT. Cooking without Calories, features glass artist Tim Tate’s hand-blown glass desserts. The show’s title is a play on both the foods created and the high temperature process used to create them. The gallery is once again paired with Chef Lane Warner of La Fonda Hotel’s La Plazuela, who plans some southwestern flavored tidbits.

Downtown Santa Fe:

The Lincoln Avenue outpost of Windsor Betts Art Brokerage House (they also have a Grant Avenue location), know for cowboy and Native American art is going with a Cowboys and Indians theme for the evening. Gallery owner Alex Betts and her staff will be decked out in full cowgirl regalia and local country singer, Dennis Martinez will serenade the crowd. The Chipotle Pulled Pork and Butternut Squash Casserole that will be dished up  by Cowgirl are the foods the popular restaurant cooked for the Food Network’s Heat Seekers when the show visited Santa Fe.

Santa Fe art: 2012 Edible Art Tour

Come enjoy La Dolce Vita Evoke Contemporary Gallery during EAT, photo Steve Collins

Travel to Italy for La Dolce Vita (at least for the evening) at Evoke Contemporary. Kathrine Erickson and her staff welcome you to the sweet life, accompanied by a taste of Italy from Chef Matt Yohalem of Il Piatto. To enhance the ambiance, the iconic Fellini film will be projected on one of the gallery’s walls.

If you haven’t been out to Ó Eating House, you can try Steve’s Lemon’s Italian food at Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery. The two have teamed up for an evening of In The Round, a play on words as both Loewen’s pottery and the name of Lemon’s Pojoaque restaurant echo that theme.

For a complete list of gallery and food pairings, click here

After the galleries close, mosey over to Feast or Famine at Ore House at Milagro, 139 West San Francisco Street . The event featuring food, music, dancing and after-gallery fun runs from 8pm to 2am. EAT admission buttons are $35 per person (and include admission to Milagro; non-button holders are $15 at the door).

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One Response to “Santa Fe art: gaze and graze at the Edible Art Tour”

  1. Charles Higgins
    February 18, 2019 at 9:04 am #

    What a fun-filled gig opportunity..thanks for the details..


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