As First Friday regulars can attest, when the Art District on Santa Fe throws a shindig, it goes all out. That's especially true in the case of the annual Santa Fe Art District Best Of exhibition, which awards artists who show in the district two ways: first, with awards given out to artists nominated and voted on by the people; and second, with a separate juried show of submitted works, this round chosen by moi.
Yes, you're hearing it from the horse's mouth: I'm quaking in my boots, because I'm judging the juried portion of the show, and given the breadth and depth of art shown in the trendy district, I know that this job is going to be really, really hard. But I'm also looking forward to it for the same reasons you should be: In the end, there's going to fabulous art, and that's always something to celebrate.
The big opening party and awards ceremony will go down from 7 to 10 p.m. January 20 at EventGallery 910Arts. But in the meantime, you still have time to get in on the public voting -- which ends on January 14 -- by going to the art district website and choosing your favorites in several categories from works, shows and galleries previously nominated by fans like you.
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And by the way, artists still have until Friday to submit works for the juried show; fees are $15 per work for up to five entries. You you can enter online through midnight January 6, but there is one definite requirement: You must have shown work in the district in 2011.
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