2019 Traditional Spanish Market
& ¡Viva la Cultura! Week
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s 68th Annual Traditional Spanish Market
Presented by Anthony D. Trujillo, Holmans USA
July 27-28 on the Santa Fe Plaza
¡Viva la Cultura! Week Events
Spanish Market Preview
Friday, July 26 at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society proudly hosted the 68th Annual Traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza on July 27-28, 2019. Over 200 Adult and Youth artists from New Mexico and southern Colorado participated in this popular event. A great variety of artwork from 18 art categories were 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 were 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, offered 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. Music and performances on the Plaza Bandstand stage were held 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 added to the weekend of events. Spanish Market Preview at El Museo Cultural was held on Friday evening, July 26th with award-winning artwork of 2019 of our exceptional Spanish Market artists.