Marché international d'art populaire | Santa Fe

Perched on top of Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM is a yearly festival called The International Folk Art Market. It’s brilliant with color and ripe with international artists  excited to show you their craft, all unique and masterful. This year was my second attending, but it was no less exciting than the first. The art ranges from 2D paintings, to metal work, to fabric and textile arts, to ceramics, just to name a few. Coming away without a souvenir is nearly impossible and your beiges and whites will thank you for giving in.

At the 2008 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market © a Polished Eye.  All rights reserved.

This year I was lucky enough to snag a stringed instrument from Madagascar (that I’m sure I’ll never be able to play, but is carved beautifully with images of local flora), and a painting from Majula Devi, of the Janakpur Women’s Development Center, Nepal. These paintings are done in acrylic, but traditionally decorate the outsides of homes and wash off with the rain. Devi is shown below.

Nepalese painter

She is just one of the 190 artists from 61 countries who had the opportunity to bring their art to the market this year. They’ve taken home 81 million dollars since the market began 9 years ago!

There were other 2D painters, besides Devi, including Cuban artist Carlos Alberto Caceres Valladares, whose painting is shown below.

cuban painting

The breadth of talent displayed at the market is enough to keep you shopping for hours, and what better city to play host than Santa Fe, home to Canyon Road with its hundred plus art galleries, and inspiring the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Gustave Baumann?

If you enjoy southwestern art as much as I do, make sure to check out Southwest Art Magazine 🙂

Have you been to a great art destination? Let us know in the comments!


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