February 25, 26, noon to 4 p.m.
"The Art of Home Tour is one of six events in this year’s ARTfeast"
The beauty of Santa Fe’s unique real estate combines with the amazing artwork in Santa Fe’s finest galleries this February, as the Art of Home Tour for 2012 returns to Santa Fe. The Home Tour, part of the 2012 ARTfeast program, is a two-day open house event featuring eight homes that have been staged with art from Santa Fe galleries, which takes place noon to 4 p.m., Feb. 25 and 26. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the art in the homes goes to ARTfeast.
Now in its 15th year, the ARTfeast program provides funding for art programs and supplies not covered by the Santa Fe school district for public schools. ARTfeast, the major annual fundraising event for ARTsmart, collects contributions via ticket sales, events and program underwriters, donors and the volunteerism of scores of Santa Fe educators and merchants.
“We are more excited about this year’s Art of Home Tour than ever,” said Candy Brenton, marketing director of Santa Fe Properties. "This is the seventh year Santa Fe Properties has sponsored and organized this community event, and each year the momentum grows. Last year, we estimate between 450 and 500 people toured the homes during the two-day event. This year, we have quite an eclectic lineup of homes, from a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired estate to a home previously owned by Frank Applegate, originally built in the 1700s. The tours offer a mix of contemporary homes, traditional eastside treasures and an exquisite residence off Old Santa Fe Trail that was once the studio of Bruce La Fountain, a famous Native American Sculptor.”
We are humbled to be part of such a great community and endeavor to give back as much as possible.,” added Brenton. “The ARTfeast weekend, encompassing six different events, is such an important asset to our community. I think through 2011 the parent company – ARTSmart – has been able to distribute just under $1,000,000 to public school programs, art related-organizations, endowment funds and ARTsmart projects. Santa Fe recently received the honor of being named the ‘Most Artistic City’ and we believe it’s important to encourage the arts in our future generations.”
The Art of Home Tour is one of six events in this year’s ARTfeast, and is free to the public. “There is no admission to 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.
Other events for this year’s ARTfeast include:
Tickets for all events and more information are available at Artfeast.com.
Maps for the Art of Homes Tour are available at SantaFeProperties.com, ARTfeast.com, at Santa Fe Properties office located at 1000 Paseo de Peralta, and at all other ARTfeast events. Santa Fe Properties 505.982.4466.