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Masterful Patience

“Books about the saints scatter across the coffee table beneath sweeping window views of the city and bosque in his Albuquerque living room. The histories of the saints and of the Spanish people spill from his lips like tumbling rosary beads.

‘These are real people who contributed to the betterment of society throughout the ages,” he says of the saints. “We draw from that to do our work.'”


The Biggest Markets of the Year are Almost Here

“A true sense of the classic Renaissance fair comes through all week during ¡Viva la Cultura!, a series of events by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society that includes traditional costumes, live performances, lectures, book signings, and food vendors. Our best tip: Splurge on tickets for the Friday evening preview, where you can chat up the creators of all the award-winning pieces.”


2018 Traditional Spanish Market Press Release

“Join more than 200 artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado, July 28–29, as they share the beauty of their 400-year-old art forms during Traditional Spanish Market. These best-of-the-best works of art include woodcarvings, tinwork, colchas, hide paintings, bultos, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, weavings, jewelry, filigree, pottery, and ironwork. Skilled artists and craftspeople create these breathtaking expressions of a living tradition and provide a one-stop shop for collectors of all levels.”


2018 Masters Award for Lifetime Achievement Press Release

“SANTA FE—The Spanish Colonial Arts Society announced today that Carlos J. Otero will receive the Master’s Award for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s Spanish Market. The Los Lunas native is an accomplished santero who has won four (4) Best of Show awards, along with numerous Oirst-place honors and other awards in Spanish Market. He has been a member of the prestigious Spanish Colonial Arts Society since 1996 and participated in every summer and winter show since then.”


Commercial Success: World-class art markets draw thousands to Santa Fe

“The City Different is known as the nation’s third-largest art market in terms of sales, after New York and Los Angeles, but the “difference” here has to do with the emphasis on the market half of the equation.

Not only do most of Santa Fe’s 250-plus galleries operate as art showrooms year round, the city is home to three art markets that pile on the superlatives, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors during the summer months to shop, eat, mingle and ogle.”


Top 3 Reasons to Visit the Santa Fe Spanish Market

“Every year, about 250 artists from across New Mexico and Southern Colorado come together for the Santa Fe Spanish Market. If you’re looking to meet these amazing creators, all you have to do is walk through the market. Feel free to ask them any questions you have and get to know them! Another great opportunity is to go to the artist demonstrations. They are always more than happy to talk about their work.”


GenNext: Future So Bright at MoSCA

“The exhibition GenNext: Future So Bright, opening Saturday, May 5, is the museum’s first extensive show of contemporary art. Fifty works are featured by 20 artists who take historic art forms as the inspiration for street art, tattoo art, contemporary furniture design, and more. The works are a dialogue between past and present that express social and political commentary and indigenous imagery. ”


Where tradition meets innovation: Two shows at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

“So, while visitors to the museum can take in many historic pieces — such as an 18th-century Mexican bulto of St. Michael the Archangel or a 17th-century Mexican missal stand made of hardwood inlaid with tortoiseshell and bone — they are also treated to regional arts that express a certain fluidity while remaining rooted in tradition.”


Something Old, Something New

“The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, one of four on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, contains hammered tin artwork, fancy portraits of Spanish mucky-mucks, lots of Catholic saints and, obviously, plenty of European influences. So how does this jive with contemporary Hispanic artists like Thomas Vigil, for example, who uses materials like road signs and license plates as backdrops for his portraits?

A big part of what makes this show so enchanting is in how newer artists look to the past with respect, but also with a strong impulse to shake up the old guard.”


Museum focuses on next generation of artists for exhibit

“The idea for a contemporary exhibition germinated when curator Jana Gottshalk began talking to young artists at Santa Fe’s annual Spanish Market.

“I started asking what they did outside of Spanish Market,” she said. “They are all inspired by colonial art and they often work using the same composition as traditional retablos and bultos, but they’re using a lot of social and political commentary in their work.””


GenNext: Future So Bright Exhibition Press Release

Rooted in tradition, Reaching for the Stars: 20 artists who are stretching the boundaries of New Mexican art as we know it with new materials and twists on classic imagery. Spray paint, street signs, tattoos, skateboards and superheroes make up a show like you have never seen before.


Fine-wire act

“I think he’s an expert craftsman,” said Robin Farwell Gavin, former curator at Santa Fe’s Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. “He’s really perfected the art of filigree, and he’s not afraid to experiment with it. Filigree workers are a rare thing. You don’t find many filigree works in the country because it is such precise, intricate work. And you need a really steady hand.”


Time Travelers’ exhibit showcases sacred imagery of bultos, retablos

“The Holy Family cruises heaven in a winged convertible.
The patron saint of gardening straddles a giant praying mantis. Across time and geography, santos change yet remain the same.

Recognizable throughout the Americas, these santos attained special distinction in New Mexico, partly because of the region’s remoteness. Santeros made use of the limited materials they found to create new versions, thereby crafting an instantly recognizable art form.”


Winter Spanish Market showcases traditional arts in Albuquerque

“Along with traditional Native Art, traditional Spanish Colonial Art is one of New Mexico’s unique cultural treasures, revered and collected by the cognoscenti and by members of the general public all over the world. All traditional Spanish Colonial styles are represented, including bultos, weaving, ironwork, jewelry, hide painting, retablos, furniture, tinwork, straw appliqué and colcha embroidery.”


Winter Spanish Market at NHCC

“Authentic 400-year-old traditions and innovative Spanish Colonial style artwork, made by New Mexico artists. Come and join this Hispanic festival including art, local music, food, demonstrations and more. Interact personally with extraordinary artists; learn about their traditions; take home a special purchase to add to a collection or give as a gift.”


Winter Spanish Market Comes to NHCC

“Authentic 400-year-old traditions and innovative Spanish Colonial style artwork, made by New Mexico artists. Come and join this Hispanic festival including art, local music, food, demonstrations and more. Interact personally with extraordinary artists; learn about their traditions; take home a special purchase to add to a collection or give as a gift.”


Colonial Style

“The style is innovative and stays within the tradition of tin making,” he says. “I’ve also begun to use patina on some pieces. It’s going really well. I’m having fun with it. I didn’t invent the style; I just put my own spin on all of it. The hardest thing about working with tin is that each artist has to make their tools. You can’t really go to the store to buy tools. Each artist modifies them differently.”


Winter Spanish Market

“A local festival is offering authentic 400-year-old traditions and innovative Spanish Colonial style artwork made by New Mexico artists.”


New Curators at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico

“David Setford, director of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts in Santa Fe, announced today that Josef Díaz will take the reins from retiring chief curator Robin Farwell Gavin, Díaz’s longtime mentor. As chief curator and associate director, Díaz will assist with fundraising and community engagement efforts and work closely with Setford in planning future developments at the museum. He will also oversee its renowned Spanish Colonial art collection, develop exhibitions, and continue the museum’s commitment to acquiring works with a broad, Pan-American focus.”


Spanish Market a family affair

“When her youngest grandchildren come to visit, Diana Moya Lujan’s kitchen table is more than a typical grandma’s – a center for family meals or telling stories. It’s also an art studio. The family matriarch has taught some of her children, as well some of their children, her traditional artistic pursuit – straw appliqué is the practice of using regular or dyed straw pieces to create designs or pictures, usually of saints or traditional Catholic scenes.”


In The Arts: Traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza

“Sean Wells a Traditional Spanish Market Artist, joined New Mexico Living to talk about how to start collecting Spanish Colonial Art.

The Traditional Spanish Market is the best place to start your art collection. There are hundreds of Catholic Saints and hundreds of artist at the market. Everyone is invited to the event this weekend on the Santa Fe Plaza starting Friday, July 28th and running through Saturday the 29th.”


Vincent Campos— Interpreting traditional retablo art in a fun and whimsical way

“Having created his share of traditional iconography, Vincent wanted to capture the attention of younger generations, including his own. While still keeping to traditional methods when it comes to producing materials for retablos, Vincent has injected fun and whimsy into his iconography, reinterpreting traditional stories so that they reflect contemporary values and concerns.”


Santa Fe’s Traditional Spanish Market features more than 250 artists

“I get my subject matter from the old santos and those from Mexico and from Latin America,” he says. “These are saints that we haven’t seen and a lot of research goes into each idea. I’m looking at getting a story told through my art.”


South Valley teen will show works in adult Traditional Spanish Market

“Skyler Valdez conjures vibrant retablos of the saints squeezed within a metallic maze of treadmills, ellipticals and at least one stationary bike.”


Los Lunas artist honored to be chosen for Spanish Market poster

“It’s humbling,” he says. “The poster puts my passion out there for everyone to see. If they feel that my work can help convey what Spanish Market is about, it’s an honor.”


Nuestra Musica is back in Santa Fe

“Under new leadership, the discontinued Nuestra Musica concert will live on this year through the Spanish Market and the Santa Fe Bandstand series.”


Spanish Market ‘binds us all together’

“For artists, Santa Fe’s annual Spanish Market is a family affair.”


Cornering the markets

“It’s a weekend to immerse yourself in the Hispanic traditions of the Southwest on the Plaza during the annual Spanish Market (Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30). Each year, the market, produced by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, presents a juried selection of skilled artisans who continue to work in art and craft traditions dating to the time of Spanish colonial rule in the categories of woodworking, colcha embroidery, straw appliqué, tinwork, bulto carving, furniture making, pottery, and other art forms.”


Coffee and Culture: July 12, 2017

Check out the interview of Guest Curator, Penelope Hunter-Stiebel who curated our current exhibition, “Mirror, Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo” on the latest podcast of Coffee and Culture.


Santa Fe Trail

“Frida Kahlo once lived in the artistic shadow of her husband, Diego Rivera. Fortunately, she has long since caught up to him, and may even have surpassed him, judging by the popular interest in her life and work.”


Summer in Santa Fe with Frida Kahlo, the Prado and Steve Jobs

“When the Prado exhibit became a reality … it seemed that if we were going to be putting together a program that was to drive visitation and tourism into Santa Fe, it would be a good idea to put together a program that would let people know about all the other things going on here,” says David Setford, executive director of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.”


Santa Fe celebrates its Spanish heritage with a unique art show

“A stroll through Cathedral Park in Santa Fe this summer or fall to view reproductions of 93 masterpieces in the collection of Museo del Prado in Spain should be on your “to do” list.
And on your “do again” list, too.”


A symbol of her nation – Frida in photos

“The black-and-white photos reveal a timeline of Kahlo’s chaotic, pain-filled life from her birth in 1907 to her death in 1954, as both an artist and one of the most photographed women of her generation.”


The Prado Goes To Santa Fe

“This outdoor public art display is the first of its kind in the USA and has previously exhibited in major Central American cities including, San Salvador, El Salvador, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Lima, Perú and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.”


Mirror, Mirror… Photographs of Frida Kahlo

“There are four great reasons to go to Mirror, Mirror… Photographs of Frida Kahlo, the new exhibition of photographs of the iconic Mexican artist at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe
You’re a fan of Frida Kahlo’s life and work
You’re a fan of Diego Rivera’s life and work
You love vintage black and white photographs
You don’t fit into the three above niches but want to broaden your horizons.”


INSIDE LOOK: MIRROR, MIRROR: PHOTOGRAPHS OF FRIDA KAHLO

“Moving through the exhibit created a delicate narrative that wove the complicated and beautiful intricacies of her life.”


Come Celebrate Global Arts and Culture In Santa Fe This Year

“This impressive exhibition, traveling to the United States for the first time, makes its debut in Santa Fe. Enjoy 92 mounted reproductions of the greatest works of art from the Museo del Prado, including Fray Angelico’s The Annunciation (1425–28); Rogier van de Weyden’s Descent from the Cross (1435); Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1656); and Francisco de Goya’s The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid. Representing the work of some of the greatest painters of the 14th–19th centuries, the exhibition will be displayed in the beautiful sylvan setting of Cathedral Park, where nature and architecture conspire to create the perfect outdoor gallery. The exhibit runs from May 10 through October 29, 2017 at Cathedral Park.”


Rebel, Rebel
Photographs prove Frida Kahlo was her own muse

“In only 47 years of life, Frida Kahlo made an everlasting mark on the world as a painter, an icon of individuality and a symbol of feminism, exoticism, self-love and suffering. The immortal Kahlo phenomenon is her true masterpiece, however, and in the upcoming exhibit, Mirror, Mirror, at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, viewers can glimpse rarely seen photographs of her spanning 29 years.”


Double takes: “The Prado in Santa Fe”

“Santa Fe is the only current U.S. venue for the outdoor installation; it has previously been shown in El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and in Cuba. “It was started to raise awareness about the Prado and bring the Prado out into the streets and share it with the general public in a more relaxed environment, so that it’s not intimidating and can maybe open up some curiosity for people who don’t normally look at artwork,” Simmons said. The exhibit is organized by the Friends of the Prado, and the paintings were selected by Fernando Pérez Suescun, who works on the Prado’s education team.”


Why Santa Fe Should Be Your Next Shopping Vacation

“The traditional Spanish Market (July 29th-30th) is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the United States — 2017 will be the 66th annual market. The traditions the artists use go back to the colonial period (from 1598 to 1821), when artists were self-taught and the styles mostly reflected Spain and Spanish culture, especially in religious art. ”


Spanish Market returns to Las Cruces

“The Las Cruces Spanish Market returns to southern New Mexico for a third year, featuring the work of about 30 Spanish colonial artists from throughout New Mexico who specialize in traditions that can be traced back over 400 years.”