Santa Fe: City of Art Markets

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As Santa Fe prepares to commemorate its 400th Anniversary, staring in 2009, the historic artists colony is recognized as one of the world's great cities of art. The list of its annual art shows and sales has grown over the decades to include some ofthe largest and most important events of their kind, truly making Santa Fe a City of Art Markets.

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As Santa Fe was celebrating its 300th anniversary in the early 20th Century, a handful of artists from the Eastern U.S. came to explore, and eventually settle in New Mexico's provincial capital. Taken by its luminous light, inspiring landscape, and colorful cultures, these pioneers forever changed Santa Fe. Their legacy lives on in the city's hundreds of galleries, endless displays of public art, multiple museums, and long list of art events.

Now, as Santa Fe prepares to commemorate its 400th Anniversary, staring in 2009, the historic artists colony is recognized as one of the world's great cities of art. The list of its annual art shows and sales has grown over the decades to include some of the largest and most important events of their kind, truly making Santa Fe a City of Art Markets.

May 23-24, 2009:
Native Treasures - Presented by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Native Treasures features over 140 Native American artists who are specially invited by the museum to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. At the Santa Fe Convention Center. http://www.nativetreasuressantafe.org

June 11-14, 2009:
SOFA West: Santa Fe - Prominent international galleries and dealers present masterworks bridging the worlds of design, decorative, and fine arts, showcasing the rich visual heritage of the decorative arts alongside new, innovative expressions. Long heralded as the nation's premier fair for outstanding contemporary decorative arts and design, this is the first year for SOFA West: Santa Fe. At the Santa Fe Convention Center. http://www.sofaexpo.com

July 11-12, 2009:
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market- The largest international folk art market of its kind, this annual two-day event connects world cultures as folk artists from across the globe come together for a 2 day show and sale of remarkable art plus international music, food, and community. This market makes a true difference as sales from the show positively affect thousands of lives in dozens of countries. It is also one of the key reasons Santa Fe was designated a UNESCO Creative City in Folk Art. On Museum Hill. http://www.folkartmarket.org

July 23-26, 2009:
Art Santa Fe - International galleries mix with U.S. galleries to create a powerful collection of art from around the world featuring the work of hundreds of artists. Project spaces, event-specific installations, celebrity lectures, and events make the annual fair a highlight of the summer arts calendar. At El Museuo in the Santa Fe Railyard. http://www.artsantafe.com

July 25-26, 2009:
Traditional Spanish Market- This popular annual event features handmade traditional, Spanish Colonial arts made by over 200 local Hispanic artists, as well as continuous live music and dance, art demonstrations, and regional foods. A contemporary Hispanic Market is held during the same weekend. On the Santa Fe Plaza. http://www.spanishmarket.org

August 15-16, 2009:
Whitehawk Ethnographic Art Show- An annual show with over 150 dealers, featuring Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, African, Oriental, Indonesian, and other ethnographic art from around the world. At the Santa Fe Convention Center.

August 18-19,2009:
Whitehawk Antique Indian Art Show - The largest and longest running show for historic antique Indian art, featuring a wide range of indigenous art treasures. At the Santa Fe Convention Center. http://www.whitehawkshows.com

August 22-23, 2009:
Santa Fe Indian Market- Over 1,000 of the most gifted Native American artists from across North America showcase their work, from timehonored forms to innovative contemporary art, in the largest Native American art show and sale in the world. On the Santa Fe Plaza. http://www.swaia.org

November 28-29, 2009:
Santa Fe Indian Market Winter Showcase - The 4th Annual winter version of the summer's largest market, with fewer artists but the same high quality of work. At the Santa Fe Convention Center. http://www.swaia.org

December 12-13, 2009:
Winter Spanish Market - An annual winter market featuring traditional Spanish Colonial artwork such as straw appliqué, tin work, and retablos; art work not found anywhere else in the country in this quantity or quality. At the Santa Fe Convention Center. http://www.spanishmarket.org

For everything taking place in Santa Fe visit http://www.santafe.org.

Contact:
Steve Lewis
LOCAS Communications
steve.lewisnm (at) comcast (dot) net
1916 Camino Lumbre
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505-473-9002

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