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David Rasch is new Spanish Market director

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society has announced a new director for the Santa Fe Spanish Market, a local art scholar with longstanding connections to the organization.

David Rasch, who has lived in Santa Fe for more than 25 years, has a master’s degree in arts conservation and two museum studies certificates; has served on the Spanish Market Standards Committee since 2011; and served as the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art’s conservator and collections manager from 1999-2003, according to a news release issued Monday.

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David Rasch (Courtesy Spanish Colonial Arts Society)

Rasch has served as city government’s historic preservation officer since 2003.

“I appreciate the importance of fine hand-made art and am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Spanish Market artists — both in maintaining their long-standing traditions, but also by encouraging individual creativity through appropriate innovation within the living traditions,” Rasch said.

Jozef Diaz, the museum’s executive director, called Rasch a “welcomed addition and brings with him extensive knowledge of the museum and Traditional Spanish Market.”

He replaces Catherine Owens, who stepped earlier this year.

Spanish Market weekend, which attracts thousands of visitors to downtown Santa Fe each July, will be held July 27-28, 2019. Albuquerque’s Winter Market at the National Hispanic Cultural Center wil be Dec. 1-2.

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