60th Annual Traditional Spanish Market

Santafe.com - July 26, 2011

July 30, 31

Attending the annual Traditional Spanish Market is one of the rites of summer in Santa Fe. More than 300 artists gather on the Plaza to sell their jewelry, tinwork, hand carved images of saints, weaving, furniture and other Spanish Colonial art. The weekend also includes art demos, live music and dance performances and delicious tacos, burritos and other regional foods.

Presented by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, Spanish Market has become the oldest and largest juried event of its kind in the country. Crowds from around the world travel to Santa Fe to attend this storied summer event, where they can meet the artists, learn about their craft and purchase unique, handmade art reflecting the rich history of the Spanish Colonial era in New Mexico. There's also a youth exhibition area, featuring work by many young artists from the region.

This year the 60th Annual Traditional Spanish Market includes a new category, Innovations within Tradition, in which the artists employ traditional methods, materials and iconography but use their creativity to pioneer new and exciting work.

Related events this year include Lunch with the Artists, where guests can meet and talk with the market artists over lunch at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. There's also the Layman’s Lecture About the Saints, presented by Marina Ochoa, curator and archivist for the Office of Historic-Artistic Patrimony, Archives, and Museum of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. She will discuss the saints depicted in the art of the market, including retablos and bultos

The Members-only Preview Party showcases the market's award winning art pieces and presents another opportunity to meet the artists.

A special Market Mass will be celebrated at the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica on Sunday, where the public can see the blessing of the Spanish Market art as well as its artists. The mass will be followed by a procession, led by a mariachi band, that begins at the cathedral and then proceeds to the Plaza.

To learn more the about Spanish Colonial era in New Mexico, visit the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, which has more than 3,700 Spanish Colonial art forms spanning four continents and four centuries. The museum supports traditional Hispanic arts and artists with art exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, and lectures.

The Spanish Market is one of Santa Fe's summer highlights, drawing 40,000 to 60,000 visitors each year. The weekend provides a rare chance to meet artists working with timeless traditions and to celebrate a vibrant culture of New Mexico.

Key Info:

Lunch with the Artists

Noon, Wednesday, July 27th

The Inn & Spa at Loretto


Reservations required: 982-2226 x 108

Layman’s Lecture About the Saints

5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28th

Santuario de Guadalupe


Reservations required, 982-2226

The Spanish Table

Noon, Friday, July 29

The Spanish Table hosts a Spanish sausage sampling and lecture on how to make and cure your own Spanish style sausages, presented by Robert Fettig.  Flamenco guitarist Joaquin Gallegos provides musical entertainment.   



Members-only Preview Party

7-9 p.m., Friday, July 29th

Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Memberships begin at $40 and can be purchased in advance or at the membership desk that evening

982-2226 x 103

60th Annual Traditional Spanish Market

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Santa Fe Plaza

The Spanish Table

Noon, Saturday, July 30

The Spanish Table will cook gigantic paella in front of the store. Stop by to learn how to make paella and get a free recipe.



Market Mass

8 a.m. Sunday, July 31

St. Francis Cathedral Basilica

Followed by a procession led by a mariachi band to the Plaza