Santa Fe’s Moveable Feast

Al Fresco by Craig Nelson (oil, 18×18)

Paris is “a moveable feast,” Ernest Hemingway said in his memoir of the same name. The legendary author might also rhapsodize in similar fashion about Santa Fe this weekend when the annual ARTfeast unfolds. Friday’s Edible Art Tour pairs 45 galleries with some of the city’s most popular restaurants. For $35, people can amble from gallery to gallery, drink in the art and dine on gourmet Southwestern, Japanese and Italian fare.

Among many highlights, Peterson-Cody Gallery will present a group show titled “a la cARTe” with paintings that feature the culinary theme, such as diners, outdoor cafes and hot dog stands. The gallery’s accompanying repast comes courtesy of the nearby O’Keeffe Cafe, where the chef is creating items echoing the type of food evoked in the paintings on display. For Craig Nelson‘s Mediterranean café scene, the chef is concocting lamb and pork dishes with pistachios. For Chinatown scenes, he’s preparing crispy wontons and coriander-crusted ahi tuna.

On Canyon Road, Jane Sauer Gallery will show whimsical works by talented Santa Fe sculptor Geoffrey Gorman (at right; whom you can read about in Southwest Art‘s May issue). Gorman fashions creatures from bent twigs and found objects held together by strips of cloth wrapped with wire. The wire and found objects are often rusted, reflecting the color of the Southwestern red-tinged dirt. “I want to convey the essence of an animal and the beauty of discarded things,” he says. Culinary items come from The Tart’s Treats. The café’s slogan is “comfort food with an attitude,” with cheeky menu offerings such as the Metrosexual Sandwich.

—Bonnie Gangelhoff


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