The Santa Fe Winter Indian Market is a real treat. It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you are committed to avoiding the big box stores, buying locally and patronizing small businesses this market is for you. And, as an added plus, you’ll be buying American!
Art and Artists Up Close
What was special about this market is that it is held during the prime holiday shopping time and you will be able to get gifts with special meaning, discuss the pieces with the artists who made them and even see artists at work in special show studios. 140 artists are represented including potters, painters, jewelry makers, clothing artists and carvers.
I noticed an increasing number of younger artists and a focus on contemporary art without ignoring the traditional. Estella Loretto, famed sculptor, was there with smaller representations of her art. With special jewelry pieces and small sculptures, she was ready to provide amazing gifts for the discriminating buyer.
Mary Irene, noted for her metal work, especially earrings, debuted a new line of beautiful wool fabric scarves… all in traditional patterns. She’ll be showing in New York next and those wool pieces will be a sure hit. They coordinate well with her metal jewelry.
On the traditional side, Wayland Namingha was there with his family and, by Sunday, had sold out of his detailed traditional Katsinas. He was off to New York to show at the NMAI Smithsonian Show and so had held some of his pieces aside.
Norbert Peshlakai, Michael Roanhorse, Orlando Dugi and other award-winning artists had tables and booths. This was one show where you could actually spend time looking at their work and have a discussion with the artists.
Love books? There was an extensive display of books on Native American jewelry and art. Colorful children’s books caught my eye… and they were all for sale.
The event took place on Saturday and Sunday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. It was in the carpeted ballroom which made for cushy shopping and comfortable artists. Outside the ballroom you could purchase breakfast or lunch.
The admission was $5.00 for this show. Parking was available at area garages and on-street.
If you are in the Santa Fe area during Thanksgiving, be sure and go to this indoor Indian Market. This is an exclusive show with only a small portion of the artists who show at the August Indian Market in Santa Fe. What a great opportunity for holiday gift shopping!
Photos of 2011 Winter Market