Saturday, November 27, 2010

Winter Spanish Market in Santa Fe

Santa Fe's Summer Spanish Market attracts huge crowds every year, but equally fabulous is the Winter Spanish Market, now in its 22nd year.  The Market will take place on December 4 and 5 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (an easy four-block walk for guests of The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn), from 9am-4pm.  The free event, put on by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, showcases traditional Spanish art, including retablos (religious paintings on wood panels), Santos (carvings of devotional figures), Straw Applique work (intricate crosses and boxes made using hand-cut straw), tinwork, textiles, furniture, jewelry, pottery and ironwork.

The Market gives visitors a chance to actually meet and talk to the artists of this juried show, making for a more meaningful purchase.  In order to be considered for this prestigious event, artists must be of at least one-quarter Hispanic decent, and must hail from either New Mexico or Colorado.

The artist's skills are typically passed from one generation to the next, and the market makes an effort to showcase works done by the younger artists.  In fact, a "Best of Show" prize is awarded  to a young exhibitor, and his or her piece is then used for the Winter Market poster.

Whether you are looking some unique Christmas gifts or to shop for your own personal collection, the Spanish Winter Market is the place to be.

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