A Guide to Contemporary Hispanic Market in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is well known for annual summer art markets.  From folk art to Native American art to contemporary art and even antique art, you can find it all in Santa Fe throughout the summer months.  But have you attended the Contemporary Hispanic Market?

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Pottery on display at the Contemporary Hispanic Market. (Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Contemporary Market)

For the past 32 years, the Contemporary Hispanic Market has hand selected artists to participate in the juried art show that is held each July in the cultural heart of Santa Fe on Lincoln Avenue near the historic Santa Fe Plaza.  To be considered for the market, artists are required to be part Hispanic and a full time resident of New Mexico.  Traditional carvings of wood or stones may be found peppered along the rows of booths, yet market attendees can also discover individual expression in the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, weaving and more.

A market attendee views wood carvings. (Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Contemporary Market)

When asked what makes this market unique, Ramona Vigil-Eastwood, president of the Contemporary Hispanic Market said, “The art is created in New Mexico by Hispanics.  It’s just one crucial way to keep the bones of traditional arts alive through ancestry.  Yet, Hispanic artists have the freedom of expression to create art that stays current with the evolution of art.”  Ramona’s award-winning fine art jewelry can be found at the market in booth number 1.

Participating artists represent a wide variety of mediums. Some even up-cycle and re-purpose items like vinyl records into colorful flowers (Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Contemporary Market)

The Contemporary Hispanic Market will take place July 28-29, 2018, adjacent to the Traditional Spanish Market which is also traditionally held on this weekend.  The side-by-side market locations makes it easy for visitors to take in hundreds of booths of art ranging from cutting edge contemporary techniques to centuries old traditional styles.

As soon as the Contemporary Hispanic Market opens on Saturday morning, the streets are instantly filled with art enthusiasts, whether it be the casual or serious collector.  Some attendees travel each year from out of state and other countries in hopes of finding the perfect art piece to buy directly from the artist and take away with them in hand.  Some artists have such great followings that they might sell out within the first day of the art show.

Pick out the perfect piece of art for your collection. (Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Contemporary Market)

The Contemporary Hispanic Market is 100% volunteer organized by a group who meets once a month year round in order to plan the art show.  Tony Fernandez, vice president of the market said, “There are a couple things about the volunteers of our market; we are passionate about the arts and we feel just like family.”   Tony’s oil paintings are located in booth 24 during the market.

At the Hispanic Contemporary Market you can talk with the artist and buy direct from the creator of the work. (Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Contemporary Market)

The market is free to the public and in 2018 there will be 134 booths with many mediums of artwork created by New Mexico Hispanic resident artists.  Each year there is a silent auction at the information booth featuring donated creations from current artists of the show.  Make sure to stop by and place your bid in support of the event.

Expect colorful booths and one-of-a-kind art at the Hispanic Contemporary Market. (Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Contemporary Market)

Now that you know a bit more about one of the summer art markets in Santa Fe, we hope you will plan a trip to check it out for yourself.  To plan your Santa Fe Art Market weekend adventure, start by ordering our 2018 Santa Fe Travel Guide.  You will find deals and specials offered by Santa Fe hotels, restaurants and attractions to enhance your visit.

This blog was written in partnership with TOURISM Santa Fe and Sarah Love for the Contemporary Hispanic Market.

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