Spanish Market weekend begins Saturday
Hispanic artists show their work this weekend at the 65th annual Traditional Spanish Market and Contemporary Spanish Market, two independent events held in downtown Santa Fe. Traditional Spanish Market begins with a Collectors’ Hour at 5 p.m. at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa (309 W. San Francisco St.) on Friday, July 29, followed by a public preview at 6 p.m. (Admission to the Collectors’ Hour is $80; the preview is $20. For tickets, call 505-982-2226.)
The official festivities begin on the Plaza at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, and feature approximately 250 artists and craftspeople from New Mexico and southern Colorado selling wood-carving, tinwork, colcha, hide paintings, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture, fiber arts, jewelry, pottery, and more. There is live music until 4:45 p.m. both days on the Plaza Bandstand. On Sunday morning, an artist procession from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi to the Santa Fe Plaza follows a special 8 a.m. mass for Spanish Market. Admission to Spanish Market is free.
For a full schedule of music, book signings with University of New Mexico Press authors, and other presentations, visit www.spanishcolonial.org. Contemporary Hispanic Market, which is also free, is held from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Lincoln Ave., adjacent to the Santa Fe Plaza. There is a free preview night for Contemporary Spanish Market on Friday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.). For more information, visit www.contemporaryhispanicmarketinc.com.