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Santa Fe ARTfeast

by Susan Orth

The 15th annual Santa Fe Artfeast, held February 24th through 26th, was a huge success. The weekend was chock-full of original artwork, fine foods, eclectic fashion and impressive homes. All proceeds of the 2012 Artfeast went to the ARTsmart program, which helps provide art supplies and programs for Santa Fe public schools. In the last fourteen years, ARTsmart has raised nearly $1,000,000. ARTfeast is ARTsmart’s most significant fundraising campaign, and this year proved to be one of its best yet!

Here’s a rundown of this year’s events:

The Art of Fashion: The Runway Show and Luncheon combined the delectable Southwest cuisine of Luminaria Restaurant and The Living Room with a sneak peak of the hottest lines of local designers. This year’s designers included Elven Velvet, Asiatica, Cicada Collection, David Gaussoin, O’Farrell Hat Company, Boots and Boogie and Golden Eye.

The Edible Art Tour was a big hit, as more than 40 local restaurants and caterers inspired the overwhelming sentiment that their creations were almost too beautiful to eat, the operative word being “almost,” of course.

Feast or Famine combined music and food. The delectable hors d’oeuvres by Milagro satisfied the palette, while the hip music of DJ’s Joe Ray Sandoval, King George and Aztech Sol kept people dancing late into the night.

The ever so popular Art of Home Tour exceeded everyone’s expectations, with Santa Fe’s most immaculate and inventive homes taking center stage. The eight homes selected this year provided viewers with a variety of architectural and decorative styles.

The Gourmet Dinner and Auction, with Honorary Artists, Poteet Victory, was a spectacular event. The multi-course meal featured dishes by renowned local chefs, such as Lorin Parrish of Body Santa Fe, Steven Lemon of O Eating House, Kim Mueller of Real Food Nation & Supper Club, and Mark Connell of Max’s and Tomme.

Between the exhibits, auctions, special events and overall love of the arts, this year’s ARTfeast was a memorable one – how the planners can top this one remains to be seen!

Finding Your Children a Good Education in Santa Fe New Mexico

by Susan Orth

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school."
-Albert Einstein

When you live in Santa Fe Real Estate, surrounded by culture, art, opportunity, and open minded people, educating your children is of the utmost importance to any Santa Fe homeowner. When you move to Santa Fe and you have a family, or are considering having one, we know that education is going to be at the top of your list of things to look for.  Raising children starts with putting them in the right environment. Santa Fe is a place for any young mind to flourish, but you must also be completely confident in a community's school system before you make the commitment to move there.

Great Schools, the country's leading source of information on school performance, is one of the best resources for finding out how a school is ranked by parents, students and the surrounding community. We did a little research on the public schools in the Santa Fe area to show you just how great Santa Fe schools are.

El Dorado Elementary and Middle school
El Dorado Elementary and Middle school is consistently ranked high on Great Schools. It has a current Great Schools rating of 9 out of 10 and an average community rating of 4 out of 5. The extracurricular activities that the school is best known for are Basketball, Community Service, and German. Parents very highly rated the level of parent involvement, as well as student involvement in El Dorado.

Santa Fe's Southwest Elementary school
Santa Fe's Southwest Elementary school is yet another school that has earned the esteemed Great Schools rating of 9 out of 10. Southwest Elementary serves grades K - 5. This school has ranked above average for their NMSBA test results, with a 94% ranking in Science and an 86% ranking in reading.

Los Alamos High School
With 1149 students, serving grades 9-12, Los Alamos High School has earned a perfect 10 out of 10 rating from Great Schools. This school has an average community rating of 4 out of 5 stars. One parent wrote in their review that, they moved from California to Los Alamos New Mexico to give their children a quality education. She was more than pleased with the results, adding "The Los Alamos Schools did their job."

If you have any other questions about the schools in Santa Fe, specifically in communities such as Aldea, El Dorado, La Tierra, Las Campanas, Los Alamos, Nambe, Pojoaque Valley, Rancho Viejo, or Tesuque Village, we would be more than happy to help. We want to help you find the perfect Santa Fe home, in a great Santa Fe neighborhood, and find your children an education that remains long after school.

Susan Orth & Isabella Luconi
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
City Different Realty

Phone: 505-216-6535
Email: [email protected]
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Susan Orth
City Different Realty
518 Old Santa Fe Trail #190
Santa Fe NM 87505