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Traditional Spanish Market – Santa Fe

August 27, 2015
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The Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s
68th Annual Traditional Spanish Market
Presented by Anthony D. Trujillo, Holmans USA

July 27-28, 2019 on the Santa Fe Plaza

¡Viva la Cultura! Week Events
July 22-26, 2019

Spanish Market Preview
Friday, July 26, 2019 at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM
Tickets available at the door.

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is proud to announce the 68th Annual Traditional Spanish Market to be held on the Santa Fe Plaza on July 27-28, 2019. Over 200 Adult and Youth artists from New Mexico and southern Colorado will participate in this popular event. A great variety of artwork from 18 art categories will be brought to downtown Santa Fe, including 2-D and 3-D devotional arts of painted and unpainted santos, with utilitarian and decorative arts ranging from weavings, colcha embroidery, and straw appliqué to furniture and furnishings, woodcarving, tinwork, ironwork, jewelry, and pottery. Also represented will be items of the revival arts which bring back traditions that were almost lost and innovations within tradition which provides for creative new interpretations to carry the traditions into the 21st century.

These Spanish Colonial artistic traditions feature authentic artwork that can be traced back more than 400 years. Skilled artists and craftspeople create these breathtaking expressions of a living tradition and many of them rely on their art as their only source of income. The artistic styles and quality of the work is very different and far more exacting in terms of traditional accuracy and finish than the tourist pieces commonly sold elsewhere. All Adult Market artists are juried into the Spanish Market and all Youth Market artists are mentored by current Adult Market artists in their art categories.

¡Viva la Cultura!, a week of truly immersive experiences, offers lectures, studio tours, music, culinary events, and more through cooperative activities with other Santa Fe organizations, culminating with the Spanish Market on July 27-28, 2019. There will be music and performances on the Plaza Bandstand stage throughout the weekend, as well as, vendors offering regional foods. Artist demonstrations, workshops, books on Hispanic culture, and a special Market Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi add to the weekend of events. Be sure not to miss Spanish Market Preview at El Museo Cultural on Friday evening, July 26th, where you can be the first to view the award-winning artwork of 2019 and meet our exceptional Spanish Market artists.


The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art collects, preserves, and exhibits the Spanish colonial art of New Mexico and beyond, and educates the public about its related cultures and living traditions. Since the 1600s, Spanish colonial arts and crafts have been an important part of village life in New Mexico and Southern Colorado; however, by the early 1900s, the practice of these traditional arts was declining. In 1925, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society was founded in Santa Fe to encourage and promote Spanish colonial arts and crafts and to inform and educate the public about traditional art forms, designs and techniques. Since then, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society has played a major role in developing markets for the artists, increasing public awareness, preserving Spanish colonial art, and emphasizing the importance of continuing community traditions.

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