Native American artists showcased in Santa FeSANTA FE, New Mexico - A series of premiere Native American art and antiquities markets packed into a single week in Santa Fe are expected to attract tens of thousands of people to the New Mexico capital.
The markets range from the Antique American Indian Art Show - which features pre-1950s Native American art - to the Santa Fe Indian Market, where 1,000 artists show their work on the city’s historic plaza and surrounding streets for what organizers say is the world’s largest juried show of indigenous artwork.
Here’s a look at four of the markets happening this week in Santa Fe:
Santa Fe Indian Market
The market event officially opens Saturday morning, with artists setting up at sunrise for local and international collectors who have been known to congregate downtown during the early morning hours to make high-end purchases from some of the market’s best-known artists. About 1,000 artists from the United States and Canada sell their work during the two-day event. They specialize in traditional and contemporary beaded pieces, pottery, sculpture and other works.
Antique American Indian Art Show
Collectors and dealers of pre-1950s Native American art will descend on a venue at Santa Fe’s railyard starting Wednesday for the nation’s largest and longest-running tribal artifacts show. The event runs through Friday. Scores of exhibitors set up in the museum, showing Navajo rugs, Plains Indian beadwork and kachinas.
Indigenous Fine Art Market
This three-day market, also at the Santa Fe Railyard near the city’s downtown, starts Thursday, featuring 300 artists. Founded three years ago, it’s uncertain whether what sprung up as an alternative to the Santa Fe Indian Market will remain a mainstay for the city’s August art scene, but so far it has attracted artisans whose works range from the street art of Douglas Miles, an Apache painter from San Carlos, Arizona, to Hopi wood carvings.
Zuni Pueblo, a tiny village in western New Mexico, is home to some of the best indigenous jewelers and carvers in the country, with the community especially known for its fine, intricate inlay jewelry and tiny carvings.
This year, a nonprofit gallery that benefits the artists of the pueblo will hold the two-day Zuni Show for the first time to complement the other shows underway in Santa Fe. It starts Saturday at the Scottish Rite Temple downtown. AP