Sunday, July 17, 2011

An Art Walk in Santa Fe, New Mexico

There are many reasons to visit Santa Fe with its museums and art galleries, amazing festivals, and fascinating history and landscape. It is easy to spend a day roaming the plaza and downtown area window shopping and taking in exhibits at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Museum of New Mexico, and the New Mexico History Museum. I could spend an entire afternoon just looking at the Native American art/wares on sale in front of the Palace of the Governors and speaking with the different tribes and artists about their artwork and culture.

During my quick visit earlier this month, many of the local galleries and artist were prepping for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (July 8-10) where one-hundred fifty artisans from 49 countries, chosen by a panel of U.S. folk art curators, gather at booths at Museum Hill to display and sell their creations. Although I was sad to be missing out on what Maria Mercado, the art editor of Travel + Leisure magazine, calls "the best reason to visit Santa Fe this summer" - I did pickup a few names of artists that intrigued me on my stay.

- Helen Begay (Contemporary Navajo Weaving)

- Fairchild & Co. (Fine Jewelry)

- Carolyn Lindsey (Painter)

- Sticks (Furniture)

- Kathleen Vanderbrook (Fiber Art)

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