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Santa Fe plays host to prestigious, well-attended markets

Depending on the week you decide to visit Santa Fe this summer, you might notice a color theme – one gallery might focus on pearly white. A museum might adopt the color turquoise. It’s the Color of Summer, a citywide exhibition.

Santa Fe is busting at the seams with a flurry of activity all summer long. Among the events are a number of festivals highlighting artists from all over the globe.

For techies, CURRENTS, a new media festival that attracts folks from all over the world, takes place June 12-28 and makes Santa Fe its home but will have exhibits in many towns throughout the state, says John Feins, public relations manager for TOURISM Santa Fe.

For a triple dose of art, check out the Santa Fe Art Trifecta, which is three festivals in one 10-day period from July 9-19. It includes ART Santa Fe, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and the anniversary of SITE Santa Fe, Feins says.

(By the way, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market was just ranked as No. 1 on the USA Today 10 Best Art Festivals; and ART Santa Fe at No. 4.)

Some big draws to the City Different are the following art markets.

• The Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival takes places May 22-24, over Memorial Day weekend. The Native American arts show and sale will feature more than 200 artists who will showcase their work at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Proceeds from the exhibit fund the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe.

The invitational show will feature hanging art, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, basketry and more.

Each year, the museum recognizes “Living Treasures,” who are honored for their contributions to the world of Native American artwork.

A pair of sisters receive the honor this year, according to a news release. They are Kiowa artists Keri Ataumbi, who creates wearable art, and Teri Greeves, who is known for her beadwork.

“Keri and Teri’s museum-quality work, although different in medium and form, represents some of the essential values of the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival, including the story-telling that is an intrinsic quality of their work,” Della Warrior, director of the museum, says in a news release.

For information on the show, visit www.nativetreasures.org.

n The Contemporary Hispanic Market is in its 28th year and 134 artists are expected to participate. Ramona Vigil-Eastwood, president of the market, says that the juried art show accepts only New Mexico artists who are at least one-quarter Hispanic.

Of the artists taking part in the market, 45 are new. Vigil-Eastwood says that while some artists are invited to return to the market, new artists add a dose of new energy to the event. Expect to see 14 different contemporary mediums such as jewelry, watercolors, furniture, textile art, photography and more.

“Some of these artists get their break (at the market),” Vigil-Eastwood says. “That’s why it’s so important to have a jury. Some start out here. We help them get where they’re going.”

A preview of the artwork will be held July 24 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from 5:30-8 p.m. It’s free to the public and the festivities will also feature music, dancing and food.

The market takes places 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 25-26 on Santa Fe’s Lincoln Avenue. For information, go to www.contemporary-hispanicmarketinc.com.

n The 2015 Spanish Market, which features traditional art from a variety of New Mexico artists, takes place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 25-26 at the Santa Fe Plaza. The market, which is organized by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, attracts hundreds of artists who work to keep traditional art forms alive.

Event-goers will hear live music, dance, art demonstrations and more.

For information, look up www.spanishcolonial.org.

n The ever-popular Santa Fe Indian Market is expected to host 900 artists who will converge on the Plaza for one of the biggest events of the year.

Aside from the fine art and fashion shows, event-goers can hear live music and immerse themselves in a cultural adventure. A film festival will also take place, and new to the market this year is a Native American contemporary gallery, says Rima Krisst, marketing project coordinator for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. SWAIA produces the market and holds other programs throughout the year.

The market takes place Aug. 22-23 at the Santa Fe Plaza; Indian Market week precedes that with events surrounding film, literature, fashion and other activities. For information, look up www.swaia.org.

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