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The Spanish Market, Santa Fe, NM is an event that’s held every year and we’re graced by its festivities when it comes around at the end of July. About 250 Spanish colonial artists will attend the event, hailing from New Mexico and Southern Colorado. This ascertains that the event will be a spectacle for all its audiences. You can expect woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, and ironwork on the exhibition.

The artwork exhibition is likely to feature artworks that can be traced back over 400 years to the day. The art is indeed an expression of the rich history of the region and the nation and is definitely above par of everything sold at stands targeting tourists.

Being professionals of the trade, many of these artists are dedicated solely to their work. The tradition is passed down from generation to generation and artists recruit new young talent for the future of the festival, to pass on their legacy and carry forward a successful tradition.

About Spanish Colonial Arts Society

The society traces its roots way back to 1913 to the society of Spanish Arts, and the Society for the Restoration and Preservation of Spanish Mission Churches. These organizations were collecting art in New Mexico.

It was in 1929 where the group of friends and collectors along with notable names, such as, the authors Mary Austin and Frank G. Applegate (also, an artist) established the society. The first Spanish Market, Santa Fe, NM was recorded to have been held in 1926, where the group got together to promote New Mexican art forms.

The society saw success and growth throughout the century. In 1998, the society received a gift of land and a historic residence to utilize as their long hoped for center, for a museum, perfect for an art collection comprising several hundred pieces. This museum was opened for the public in 2002.

Santa Fe Plaza

The Santa Fe Plaza is a historic monument in downtown Santa Fe, the state of New Mexico. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and follows the architecture of traditional Spanish colonial cities. It is a center of activity for tourists and notable for its showcase of Mexican, Spanish and Native American cultures. The plaza is home to quite a few festivals, held annually. The whole area is surrounded with historic monuments, art galleries and restaurants.

The Plaza is situated in the center of the city of Santa Fe, and hosts commercial, social and even political activities. It was historically the center of the city, since the year 1610, when it was first established.

The Plaza began life as a fort (presidio in Spanish) and was enclosed by a large, defensive wall. It had all the facilities an army compound has, including barracks (for troops), governor’s palace, a chapel and prison. The city was expanded on when the wall first gave way to homes for Spanish officers. This history is still present in the plaza and you will certainly be fascinated by a visit.

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