Spanish Colonial Arts Society

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Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

705 South Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011, Las Cruces, New Mexico NM 88011


Admission | $6
For Two | $10
| Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.


Phone | 575-523-6403

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society brings traditional Spanish Colonial Arts to Las Cruces at the third annual Las Cruces Spanish Market:
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is proud to announce the third annual Las Cruces Spanish Market, which will take place at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces on February 18th and 19th, 2017. Approximately 30 Spanish Colonial Artists from around New Mexico will take part in this groundbreaking event, bringing to Southern New Mexico exponents of tinwork, colcha, retablos, straw-work, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery, ironwork and woodcarving.
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is based in Santa Fe, NM, and already runs the highly successful Traditional Spanish Market (in Santa Fe, the last full weekend of July every year), and Winter Market in Albuquerque.  The Society was founded in 1925 with the mission of preserving, promoting and educating the public regarding the historic and contemporary Spanish Colonial Art traditions of New Mexico. The first market took place near the Santa Fe Plaza in 1926.
The Spanish Colonial Art of New Mexico features artistic traditions which can be traced directly back over 400 years.  Skilled artists and craftspeople create these breathtaking expressions of a living tradition, and many of them count their art as their only source of income.  Styles and quality are very different and far more exacting in terms of traditional accuracy and finish than tourist pieces commonly found in other former Spanish colonies.

Tin Artist, Jason Younis y Delgado creating art: 2016

Admission to Las Cruces Spanish Market will be $6 per person, or $10 for two. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. The Market will open with a Matachines procession through the Market, February 18th at 10AM and run Saturday till 6PM. Sunday Hours will be 10AM to 5PM. The community is welcome to attend our special Sunday Spanish Market Artist Mass at the Basilica of San Albino in Mesilla beginning at 8AM.
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society of Santa Fe and the Doña Ana Arts Council are joining forces to present Viva La Cultura! A Latin World Music Showcase with NACHA MENDEZon Saturday, February 18th at 8:00 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street in Las Cruces.  Nacha Mendez's music is an adventurous mix that should easily appeal to fans of other contemporary World Music divas like Lila downs, Cesaria Evora, Mercedes Sosa or Omara Portuondo. For more information or to purchase tickets online, go to or call (575) 523-6403.

We are most grateful to our generous partners and sponsors who have helped to make this market a reality, including at this time:  
Heritage Hotels and Resorts/Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces; Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau; Las Cruces Sun-Times; BravoMic Communications; Doña Ana Arts Council; SITEL; Comcast; Friends of the Taylor Family Monument; Mendez Jewelers and Appraisals; La Posta de Mesilla; El Paso Electric Company; Austin's Fine Jewelry.
 Our thanks also go to our Las Cruces Spanish Market Committee, which includes J. Paul Taylor, Teresita Gonzales-Corral, Dr Carlos Corral, Erlinda Portillo, Curtis Rosemond, Belia Alvarez, Kent Jacobs, Sallie Ritter, Mary-Helen Ratje, Karen Billings, Kathleen Albers, Martha Vera, Keith Austin, Chris Faivre, Tomasita J. Rodriguez, Joseph M. Chávez, John Muñoz, Carlos and Vickie Otero, Jerean Hutchinson, James Wilson, Maria Stopps and Joe Barela.

Weekend events will include Lectures (times to be determined) by:

Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts curator Robin Farwell Gavin on

Southern New Mexico Spanish Colonial Art Traditions

State Historian Rick Hendricks, Ph.D. on

Spanish Colonial Churches of El Paso del Norte

Ric Rao on Spanish Colonial Textiles and Traditional Dyeing Techniques and Materials