Varnish into thin air
At 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, the ART Santa Fe international contemporary art fair gets under way at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.) with a vernissage — a gala opening reception that takes its name from the French term for varnishing. Proceeds from ticket sales always benefit a local arts organization, and this year’s lucky and deserving recipient is the Santa Fe Art Institute.
The 2010 fair includes more than 30 exhibitors from the United States, China, Japan, Europe, and Latin America (including nine Santa Fe galleries), and the vernissage gives the public an opportunity to catch a sneak peek at the artwork; hobnob with artists, collectors, and gallerists; grab some hors d’oeuvres prepared by Walter Burke Catering; and sip the sparkling bounty of New Mexico’s own Gruet Winery.
Vernissage tickets are $100, and a $125 VIP ticket includes entry to ART Santa Fe from Friday, July 16, through Sunday, July 18; an invitation to a private “Art in America” party on July 16; and admission to a July 17 lecture by Art Santa Fe keynote speaker Roberta Smith, art critic for The New York Times. Tickets for ART Santa Fe ($10, $18 for a threeday pass) and the vernissage are available from the Lensic box office (211 W. San Francisco St., 988-1234), www.ticketssantafe.org, and at the door. Visit www.artsantafe.com for more information.