Find inspiration at the Spanish Market

Spanish Market Preview – $20
Friday, July 26, 2019 at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM 

68th Annual Traditional Spanish Market – free
July 27-28, 2019 on the Santa Fe Plaza 

Fish need water, birds need the sky and artists need inspiration. So if you’re feeling like your creative tank is empty or if you just want to discover the wealth of New Mexico’s traditional art forms, then it might be worth your while to stop by the plaza the last weekend in July (7/27-7/28) to catch the Traditional Spanish Market. The event goes from 8 to 5 and displays the work of over 200 hundred artists from all over the region. 

Hosted by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the Spanish Market celebrates the work of local artists in 18(!!!) categories including weaving, tinwork, ironwork, pottery and, of course, jewelry. Some of these might go on to directly inspire your own jewelry while others might simply cause you to marvel at their beauty and craftsmanship.

Jewelry plays a large part of traditional New Mexico artwork and the Spanish Market is a great destination to learn about the cultural heritage that makes Santa Fe such a unique marketplace. But it’s also an opportunity to learn about the techniques that the artists use to create their jewelry. Find out the significance behind the ubiquitous turquoise ornamentation found on so much of the local art here. Or learn how sand casting creates one-of-a-kind pieces by destroying their molds in the process of creation. Events like this provide great opportunities to ask questions that enrich your understanding of your art and inspire you to master new techniques.

The Spanish Market proper is free, but for those who can’t wait—or who would rather enjoy their art in the comfort of air conditioning, there’s a sneak preview on Friday night at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe from 5-7. A mere twenty dollars gets you live entertainment, tapas, access to the cash bar and—I cannot emphasize this enough—air conditioning.