Var­nish into thin air

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

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.

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