Home to roughly 300 art galleries, including those along famed Canyon Road, and a dozen world class art museums, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe is a major arts destination year round. It is the epicenter of the Native American art world.
More than a thousand indigenous artists from more than 200 tribes gathered at the 101st annual Art Market called Santa Fe Indian Market in New Mexico this year. It is a long tradition for artisans to display and sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry and more.
The two-day event, hosted by SWAIA, featured both a vibrant street scene and an innovative runway show featuring top Indigenous designers. Others included renowned artists such as Orlando Dougie, Lauren Goode Day and Jamie Okuma (who recently became the first Indigenous designer ever to become a member of the CFDA).
Santa Fe Art Market visitors could see an assortment of handicrafts from a variety of artists. The selection at the Santa Fe Cultural Event was huge, from one-of-a-kind ribbon shirts from Penny Singer, printed hoodies and skirts from Elias Jade Not Afraid, to elegant earrings and rings from jewelers such as Keri Ataumbi, Maria Zamora and Robin Waney. It was also possible to see the bright works of Wakey Jane and Penelope Jo. The street style was a spectacle in itself as many in attendance took advantage of the opportunity to show off their cultural pride. Guests and artists arrived at the event in their best ensembles.
Santa Fe Art Market is a three-day gathering of exceptional artists, galleries, and designers, exploring world-class modern and contemporary art in Santa Fe, the third largest art market in the United States. The curated art fair provides a unique opportunity to honor the region’s deeply rooted cultural traditions with cutting-edge artwork and must-see art events.
The mission of the International Folk Art Market is to create economic opportunities for and with folk artists worldwide who celebrate and preserve folk art traditions.
The International Folk Art Market envisions a world that values the dignity and humanity of the handmade, honors timeless cultural traditions, and supports the work of artisans serving as entrepreneurs and catalysts for positive social change.
Artworks Santa Fe Art Market are broken out into 10 distinct categories ranging from jewelry to pottery, sculpture, textiles, and two-dimensional art including painting, drawing, graphics and photography. This art fair feels more like a reunion than an exercise in snobbery. Hundreds of artists and thousands of visitors have visited the exhibition for decades. Artists use this event to catch up on the year’s news. Friendships are made with collectors.
Collectors buy directly from artists at Santa Fe Art Market. There are no gallery markups, no middlemen, no price manipulation. Some clients are given great deals that are not available to everyone, and other clients are prohibited from purchasing certain works of art because they do not fit their profile. 99% of what is sold here can be purchased for less than $5,000.
Over the two days of Santa Fe Cultural Event hours of live musical performances, dancing, and a haute couture fashion show are combined with numerous smaller satellite fairs, museum and gallery exhibitions, and artist meet-and-greets creating a 48-hour wonderland of the arts.
Home to roughly 300 art galleries, including those along famed Canyon Road, and a dozen world-class art museums, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe is a major arts destination year round. It is the epicenter of the Native American art world.