Among the dozens of galleries, hundreds of shows and twelve packed First Fridays in the Art District on Santa Fe in 2011, it's inevitable that arts lovers missed something spectacular. "There are so many events that go on, and we wanted to give some recognition for different galleries," notes Sarah Quinlan, co-organizer of tonight's Best of the Santa Fe Arts District 2011 Exhibition and Awards Gala celebrating the district.
The multifaceted event includes two components: an exhibition juried by Westword's own arts-and-culture superstar Susan Froyd, curated from submitted works shown in the district during 2011; and the awards, which are nominated and voted upon by you, the people. That makes two sets of awards, and Quinlan says she's gotten a "huge response," with more than 500 citizens voting for solo shows, group shows, galleries, events, the best district graffiti wall and even a write-in category, where the guerrilla dubstep Whomp Truck team was nominated.
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The gala, which takes place at the EventGallery at 910Arts, 910 Santa Fe Drive, is free and open to the public. Live music from Man-Cub will get things going at 8 p.m., and the awards start at 9, followed by cake. The exhibit continues through March 10; for more information, visit www.artdistrictonsantafe.com.
Jan. 20-March 10, 2012