July 30th and 31st, 2011

60th Annual Spanish Market

In the historic Santa Fe Plaza

Date April 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Author Editor

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Entertainment & Nightlife


The rich Hispanic culture of New Mexico will be celebrated at the 60th Annual Traditional Spanish Market, Saturday and Sunday, July 30th & 31th, 2011 on the Santa Fe Plaza. A popular event for residents and visitors alike, Spanish Market features handmade traditional art from over 300 local Hispanic artists, as well as on-going live music and dance, art demonstrations and regional foods. Spanish Market is produced by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and is the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States.

A separate youth exhibition area also features the work of many young artists. The Market provides a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy New Mexico's vibrant Hispanic culture, both past and present. Admission is free to the public. This major event attracts between 40,000 - 60,000 visitors each year. The artist's exhibition and sale of their art gives visitors a rare opportunity to meet some of the best Hispanic artists working in the country today.

This year, the Market is introducing a new category, Innovations within Tradition. The category uses the traditional methods, materials, and iconography but allows the artists to use their creativity in new and exciting ways. This new art will bring many dynamic new pieces into Market.

Schedule of Events:

Lunch with the Artists at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, July 27th at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. The attendees will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Market artists at a very relaxed sit down lunch. Reservations required, call 505-982-2226 x 108.

Layman's Lecture About the Saints, Thursday, July 28th at 5:30 PM at the Santuario de Guadalupe, 100 S. Guadalupe Street. Lecture will be given by Marina Ochoa, curator and archivist for the Office of Historic-Artistic Patrimony, Archives, and Museum of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Learn about the Saints depicted in many of the Retablos and Bultos available at the Market. No charge, but reservations required, call 505-982-2226.

Members-only Preview Party will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Friday, July 29th, at the Santa Fe Convention Center to view the award winning art pieces and meet the artists. Memberships begin at $40 and can be purchased in advance at 505-982-2226 x 103 or at the membership desk that evening.

Saturday, July 30th, Spanish Market from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM on the Santa Fe Plaza

Sunday, July 31st, a special Market Mass will be celebrated at the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica at 8:00 AM on Sunday morning and the public is invited to see the blessing of the Spanish Market art and artists. A procession from the Cathedral around the Plaza will follow, led by a Mariachi band.

Sunday, July 31st, Spanish Market from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM on the Santa Fe Plaza

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society also offers the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, which supports traditional Hispanic arts and artists through art exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, and lectures. The collection includes Spanish colonial art forms spanning four centuries and four continents, and the more than 3700 objects is housed at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo (on Museum Hill) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.