Here's what you need to know about the New Mexico Artisan Market - Albuquerque Journal

Here’s what you need to know about the New Mexico Artisan Market

A variety of artists showcase their work at the New Mexico Artisan Market. (Courtesy of Rebecca Tuccillo)

‘Tis the season for New Mexicans to be thankful they live in such an artistic state.

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the third installment of the New Mexico Artisan Market. Starting today, the three-day event will take place at Hotel Albuquerque.

“What’s super special about being from New Mexico is all of the art,” said Rebecca Tuccillo, executive director of the New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation. “We host a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds.”

The New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation hosts the artisan market, and Tuccillo has been a part of the event since its 2018 inception. She has increased her role from on-site manager to organizer, now dealing with the application process, selecting jurors and interacting with the vendors.

“This year is the first year that I’ve had a lot of involvement in putting on the holiday show,” she said.

An eclectic mix of artisans, including Acoma potters, Jemez sculptors and Taos painters, make up the 130 vendors participating.

There will be a blend of familiar faces and industry newcomers at the event. Albuquerque photographer Janet Maes Gagliano, silversmith Randy Montoya and woodworker Danny Hart are among the featured return artists.

Some notable first-timers include mobile artist David Estes, Tuxberry & Whit owner Stephanie Domman who works with paper and stationery, and contemporary jewelers Anik Malm of Anik Jewel and Doreen Garten of Jewelry by James.

Tuccillo said that the creativity of the state is so broadly known that artists are moving to New Mexico to be a part of the art scene, which expands on both experience and backgrounds for the creative community.

“That’s what we are here; it’s that kind of woven fabric of multiple cultures,” Tuccillo said. “This event is just one of many ways we work to give it … its own representation.”

Tuccillo said around 200 artisans applied to take part in the market and the selectees were chosen through a jury process. The jurors are different each year, which broadens the array of creativity on display at the market.

“We really try to pick a good variety of professionals who are working in the art field and who know what to look for,” Tuccillo said.

This year’s jury selected a range of artisans to complement the more traditional mediums. Ceramicists, metal workers, textile artists, body products, and fashion and home decor designers will be some of the many crafts on display.

“This market has kind of established itself with a positive and wonderful reputation … that it does attract artisans from every medium in every field,” Tuccillo said.

“Being able to offer a platform this large to host this many people really does provide an opportunity for showcasing a really wide example of what it means to be from New Mexico and allowing these folks in the creative community to share their history, their craft and their experiences.”

Home » ABQnews Seeker » Here’s what you need to know about the New Mexico Artisan Market


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Where's the International Folk Art Market moving to? Find ...
ABQnews Seeker
Officials released that the long-standing summer ... Officials released that the long-standing summer market will move from Museum Hill to the Santa Fe Railyard Park in 2023.
2
Find out when ABQ-based chef Marie Yniguez will be ...
ABQnews Seeker
again. The Albuquerque-based chef is not ... again. The Albuquerque-based chef is not only known for her cuisine, but her work within the community. On Friday, Dec. 9, Yniguez and her ...
3
Suit alleges Winrock development crimps profits for Dillard’s
ABQnews Seeker
Yearslong construction at Winrock Town Center ... Yearslong construction at Winrock Town Center has hurt business and cut into profits at Dillard's department store, the mall's anchor tenant alleges in a ...
4
DA's office investigating NMSU staff, players
ABQnews Seeker
  The Bernalillo County District Attorney's ...   The Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office is investigating the conduct of New Mexico State University employees and players in connection with a fatal ...
5
NM adds anxiety disorder as medical cannabis qualifying condition
ABQnews Seeker
New Mexico will add anxiety disorder ... New Mexico will add anxiety disorder as a qualifying condition to participate in its medical cannabis program, after the state's top health official approved ...
6
Services announced for Los Ranchos judge Diane Albert
ABQnews Seeker
Services for Diane Albert, 65, late ... Services for Diane Albert, 65, late municipal judge for the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, ...
7
Girl found on city bus after Amber Alert issued, ...
ABQnews Seeker
In 2019 Albuquerque police responded to ... In 2019 Albuquerque police responded to a fight between Nicholas Clinton and Kimberly Mariano at the Imperial Inn. Officers found the couple — both ...
8
Albuquerque City Council approves commission to focus on domestic ...
ABQnews Seeker
In an effort to improve interventions, ... In an effort to improve interventions, services and public understanding, Albuquerque is launching the Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The city council ...
9
Volunteers needed for vital CASA program
ABQnews Seeker
Goal is 'to have 100% case ... Goal is 'to have 100% case coverage,' says executive director of CASA Partners 4NMKids