The 61st Annual Traditional Spanish Market | - July 23, 2012

The annual Traditional Spanish Market has become the oldest and largest juried event of its kind in the country. It's also a rite of summer in Santa Fe, and this year's market, held July 27-29, will celebrate Spanish Colonial art and culture with an array of events and artists.

More than 350 artists will  gather on the Plaza from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, and from 9:30 am. To 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 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 draws crowds from around the world  to meet the artists, learn about their crafts 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 611st Annual Traditional Spanish Market has a busy calendar of events, including a Luncheon with the Artists at Bishop's Lodge at noon on Wednesday, July 25. Sponsored by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the lunch brings guests together with market artists.  Also on Wednesday, Nicholas Herrera will give a talk along with an exhbition of his work at Legends of Santa Fe at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, July 26, John Schaefer presents a lecture on Collecting Spanish Colonial Art at 4:30 p.m. at the Peyton Wright gallery.

Friday , July 27 kicks off with breakfast and a lecture on Spanish jewelry by Enric Majoral at Patina Gallery at 9:30 a.m.  Legends Santa Fe hosts a opening reception for their Spanish Market Group Show from 5 to 7, and the Preview of 2012 Spanish Market Artists is held from 5 to 7 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, for members only. (You can purchase a membership at the door.)'

Traditional Spanish Market, takes place Saturday and Sunday, featuring art demos, award ceremonies,  live entertainment  on the Santa Fe Bandstand, a Sunday mass at 8 a.m. at the St. Francis Basilica and much more.

Visit the website for a schedule of events

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.