The Santa Fe art scene is a vibrant one. This small city of about 70,000 people has the third most active art market in the United States (and we may have risen to second place). Indian Market Week is an exciting time as it brings many art lovers and collectors to town. There are many art shows and events held during this busy week to take advantage of the art lovers and collectors in town for the Market. If you are a fan of eclectic art, put the Santa Fe Show subtitled “Objects of Art.” on your agenda. The show, which opened last weekend, runs again from Friday through Sunday at El Museo Cultural. Hours are from 11am to 5pm. Admission is $12 a day or $16 for multiple days.
There are over 65 booths offering paintings, sculpture, fine art, furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, textiles and more. The eclectic collection on view, ranging from the contemporary to the historic, includes Spanish Colonial art, Native American art, folk art and, African, and Asian art. It’s a visual feast.
A highlight of the show is the shield exhibit. Local tribal art dealer, Taylor A. “Tad” Dale, has been collecting these for over thirty years. His collection features shields from Africa, Indonesia, New Guinea, and the rest of island Melanesia. They are made from carved wood, woven basketry, and decorated hide. The show’s website notes: “Shields are often thought of as protection in warfare, however, in tribal societies, they also were seen as status objects showing that males had reached the age of initiation into adult society. Classical and traditional elements are found in the artistic creation of the shield, although each is a unique work of art.”
Robert Brundage of San Francisco Tribal from Petaluma, CA brought Himalayan art including these fabulous masks.
If you are drawn to textiles, you’ll love this show. They run from American quilts to textiles from around the globe.
There’s interesting Asian art in Sinkiang. Owner Linda Pastorino came to Santa Fe from Chester, NJ.
Caliente Cowgirl from Montgomery, TX has a diverse collection of art objects on display.
J. Compton from Wemberley, TX specializes in folk art, rag dolls and Americana.
If you’ve never seen the Wounaan baskets from Panama, stop by the Rainforest Baskets booth. These intricate baskets are woven in the Darien Rainforest of Panama.
We were lucky, we were invited to a concierge reception for the show on Tuesday evening. We got to walk around without crowds, the downside, no one was there to sell us anything. We’ll have to go back.
Have you been the the Santa Fe Show? What other Santa Fe art events have you been to during Indian Market Week?