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Spanish Market moves to Las Cruces

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After expanding to Albuquerque two years ago, Spanish Market is heading south to Las Cruces next month.

The Las Cruces Spanish Market will be Feb. 21-22 at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. Admission is $5 per person; $8 per couple.

Organizers with the Santa Fe-based Spanish Colonial Arts Society decided on the move after Las Cruces collectors appeared at the Albuquerque Winter Spanish Market.

“We have some major collectors there as well as society members,” director David Setford said. “We have artists from there who make a good living.”

The move has been in the works for about a year, he added.

The new market will feature from 40-45 artists, Setford said. Organizers hope to draw from 8,000 to 10,000 people.

The Traditional Spanish Market has been located in Santa Fe since 1926. The society’s mission is to preserve, promote and educate the public about Spanish colonial art.

The artwork ranges from tinwork, colcha embroidery, retablos, straw appliqué, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork to carving.