The lead up to the 91st Annual Santa Fe Indian Market starts heating up this weekend. Besides official SWAIA events there are many other things going on. Visiting collectors, dealers and Native American art aficionados and Santa Feans will have a lot to keep them busy all week. At the end of the busy week is the highly anticipate Santa Fe Indian Market on Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th. Here is some of what’s going on in town.
Official SWIA Santa Fe Indian Market Events:
There is at least one SWAIA event almost every day staring Friday, August 10th leading up to the Market. The most anticipated is the annual Santa Fe Indian Market Preview held at the Santa Fe Convention Center on Friday, August 17th from 5:30 to 9:30pm. Details for this members-only event (you can join at the door) can be found in our here. SWAIA has a schedule of the week’s events on their website.
The Time Has Arrived:
An exciting new series of events makes its debut during Market Week this year. The Hour Has Arrived, a celebration of the street art phenomenon will take place around town. The art will be created at sites in and around town by the N8VPA (Native Public Art) team. Street art is much more than graffiti, according to Bobby Beals of Beals & Abbate Fine Art, one of the sponsors of this cutting-edge event, “Street Art’ is a style and can be done on anything, yet it originates of course, on the streets.” It’s public art, done on the sides of buildings, on bridges and even on canvas. The name of the event comes from something Santa Fe Indian Market founder Edgar Hewitt of the first Market in 1922. “The hour has arrived,” he said, “to recognize the importance of fostering and preserving the craft of the Indian.” Then the hour was for traditional Native American arts, now it’s for contemporary Native American artists who have taken to the streets. The NANPV team is: El Mac (Phoenix), Ernesto Yerena (Phoenix), Hoka Skenandore (Oneida/Oglala Lakota/Luiseno), Jaque Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), KOFIE (Los Angeles), Rose B. Simpson (Santa Clara Pueblo), Watermelon7 (Isleta Pueblo), Yatika Starr Fields (Cherokee/Creek/Osage), & SABA (Four Corners).
Events for The Hour Has Arrived:
Friday, August 10th 6 to 8pm at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard 106 North Shining Sun, in Nambe, northeast of Santa Fe The Hour Has Arrived Mural Unveiling.
Wednesday August 15th, from 8pm to 10pm SWAIA Opening Reception for Interiors at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 100 Sandoval Street: Interiors, a fine art show sponsored by SWAIA, Beals & Abbate, Artisans Santa Fe and the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza featuring works by the NSV Public Art team.
Thursday, August 16th trough Sunday August 19th 11am to 7pm at the Hilton 100 Sandoval Street:Interiors exhibition.
Thursday, August 16th from 7pm to 9pm The Hour Has Arrived: Dialogue at the Hilton: A panel discussion by the N8VPA team. The discussion, according to a press release, will “deconstruct and inform the audience about the creative movement we are pushing.”
Saturday, August 18th from10 am to 5 pm The Hour Has Arrived: Live at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace Avenue: Muralists, El Mac and Jaque Fragua will be painting on a large canvas installed on the museum’s east wall on Lincoln Avenue. They will demonstrate the use of graffiti, acrylic spray and mural painting in this huge, spontaneous work. They’ll be back at work again on Sunday, August 19th from 10 am to 5pm.
There will be on-going mural installations in and around town from Wedneday, August 15th through Sunday, August 19th at these locations:
Flying Star 500 Market Street featuring artists Watermelon 7, SABA, Nani Chacon and Hoka Skenandore (the mural is inside the restaurant)
NMM of Art 107 West Palace Avenue featuring artists El Mac and Jaque Fragua (see above)
Tesuque Village Market 138 Tesuque Village Road featuring artists El Mac and Rose B Simpson.
Estrella Del Norte Vineyard 106 North Shining Sun featuring artists Watermelon 7 and Jaque Fragua.
All The Hour Has Arrived events are free and open to the public. Besides these events, Jaque Fragua says that there will be pop-up events around town all week. We’ll post them as we hear about them on our Twitter account and Facebook pages.
Art shows and events in conjunction with the Santa Fe Indian Market:
Last week’s Tidbits reported on three art shows running during Indian Market week. You can read about the 29th Annual Antique Ethnographic Show, 34th Annual Antique Indian Art Show and the The Santa Fe Show in last week’s Tidbits.
Saturday, August 11th and Sunday August 12th; Manitou Galleries 8th Annual Auction at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza: Ever wanted to own an artifact that belonged to Kit Carson, a beaded Sioux scout’s shirt or a coat belonging to Santa Fe’s legendary Bishop Lamy? These and hundreds of other works of art and Native American items will be sold Manitou Galleries’ 8th annual Auction In Santa Fe. The preview on Saturday is from 9am to 6pm; the auction begins at 6pm. On Sunday, the preview is from 9am to 2pm with the auction starting at 2pm.
Thursday, August 16th and Friday, August 17th: Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian’s 37th Annual Benefit Auction: Come discover some contemporary and historic treasures being auctioned to support this small museum dedicated to Native American art. The two-day schedule:
Thursday, August 16th from 4 to 6pm: Silent Auction and Live Auction Preview featuring contemporary and historic jewelry, pottery, textiles, katsinas, baskets, folk art, and more. You can also preview the items for the live auction.
Friday, August 17th, various times:
9 to 10:30am Collectors’ Table in the Wheelwright Museum Library. Buy a treasure at this tag sale offering collectables at what the museum calls “unbeatable prices.”
10:30am to 12:30pm, Art for Wear in the Big Tent. Meet cutting-edge Native American fashion designers and buy their clothing and accessories.
10:30am to 1pm, Big Tent. The live auction preview takes place.
1pm Live auction in the Big Tent featuring Native American art, jewelry, pottery, katsinas, basketry, beadwork, fetishes, leather, textiles, sculpture and more.
Besides the auction events there will be lectures, artist demonstrations, and special sales, all presented by the Case Trading Post. You can buy lunch on site.
There will be no parking at the Wheelwright Museum. Parking will be at St. John’s United Methodist Church at the corner of Old Pecos Trail and Cordova Road. Free shuttle buses will run on Thursday from 8:30am to 7pm and on Friday from 7:30am to 5pm.
There are a lot of gallery openings and art events during Santa Fe Indian Market Week. Pasatiempo, the weekend magazine in the daily Santa Fe New Mexican is a great resource. Check under Gallery/Museum Openings on the back of pages. There are also some posted on the Santa Fe Gallery Association’s website.
Don’t miss the special sculpture exhibition in the courtyard of the Santa Fe Convention Center running until August 23rd featuring the work of legendary Native American sculpture Allan Houser and his sons, Phillip M. Haozous, and Bob Haozous.
Every year at Market time, the Santa Fe Home Builders Association holds it annual Haciendas- A Parade of Homes. The tour is open Friday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm on both weekends. Their website has a list of homes on this year’s tour. There is an admission charge. Tickets can be bought at any of the homes on the tour, or in advance at the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office, by calling (505) 988-1234 or online at Tickets Santa Fe. Tickets are good for both weekends. Also, on Thursday, August 16th, they offer a free Twilight Tour at selected homes.
There’s a lot to do in The City Different during Santa Fe Indian Market Week. See you out there.