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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.

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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