Santa Fe’s Indoor Winter Markets – spend time with the artists

Winter Spanish Market Metal and Retablo Work

No Room at the Inn is the title of this beautiful combination of Tin Work and Painted Retablo.

When you visit Santa Fe during the holidays, there is bound to be something interesting going on. I highly recommend these two markets as a way to see some of the best art and craft work that New Mexico has to offer. Both shows feature artists demonstrating their craft and both give you ample time to shop and visit with the artists.

Winter Indian Market
Winter weather was just around the corner but members of Native American tribes gathered at the cozy convention center to share their work. Some lived locally and some came from other states but what these artists had in common was that they were selected by SWAIA as excellent representatives of their art and their culture.

The Santa Fe Winter Indian Market is held after Thanksgiving at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. It’s a chance to shop in comfort and have the opportunity to visit with some of your favorite artists. You’ll see pottery, paintings, jewelry, clothing and, of course, Christmas ornaments.

This is an exclusive show with only a small portion of the artists who show at the August Indian Market in Santa Fe. The summer Indian Market can be

Creative Navajo Pottery at the Winter Indian Market in Santa Fe

Creative Navajo Pottery at the Winter Indian Market in Santa Fe

overwhelming and takes most people two days to see. This market is more laid back and the artists will actually have time to talk with you. You’ll learn more about Native American culture and art  and, hopefully, come away with a few treasures. What a great opportunity for holiday gift shopping!

Spanish Market
The annual Winter Spanish Market is held in December each year. It snowed in Santa Fe, but on the Sunday of Spanish Market this year, the sun was shining and the artists gathered at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Northern New Mexico is home to generations of Hispanic families. The art you will see will give you insight into the history and people of New Mexico.

Artist Demonstrates Straw Work at the Santa Fe Winter Spanish Market

Artist Demonstrates Straw Work at the Santa Fe Winter Spanish Market

The market is held twice yearly with the large market outdoors in July. This smaller market give the serious collectors and visitors a chance to shop in comfort and spend time talking with the artists. With traditional tin work, jewelry, painted religious scenes, embroidery, weaving, carved wood, pottery and Christmas ornaments, there was something for everyone.

Our photo gallery of the faces of faith, found in the art of the 2011 Spanish Market tells a story of tradition, faith and culture.

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Winter Indian Market 2011 Photos
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Winter Spanish Market 2011 Photos

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose

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