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The Santa Fe Indian Market©

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Pueblo at Dusk by Dan Namingha, 1987 Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian

For the past 88 years, the Santa Fe Indian Market© in New Mexico has been a hotspot for the cultural arts – both traditional and cutting edge. Every August, over 1000 artists arrive in the city to sell their jewelry, pottery, paintings, basketry, and beadwork. Surrounding this annual event held since 1922, are gallery openings, art shows, and opportunities to mingle and network with artists, cultural historians, and connoisseurs of Native arts.

A combined effort between Native artists and museum curators, the gathering was seen as an opportunity to bring two cultures together. Non-Natives would learn about indigenous cultures while appreciating Native arts as valuable high art rather than as trinkets and souvenirs. Francis La Flesche, a well respected ethnologist and Omaha Indian, addressed the need for systematic production, steady markets, and the maintenance of adequate prices for the art movement to continue.

Decades later, the Santa Fe Indian Market© has succeeded in combining respect for beautiful, well-made Native artwork while appreciating the economic benefits to Native communities who participate. The result is a world class market that attracts approximately 80,000 people each year, and a valuable $100 million in tourism revenues to the state.

Plus, the jewelry is simply gorgeous.

Explore the world of Native Arts on our The Santa Fe Indian Market© tour this summer.

What would you buy at the Santa Fe Indian Market©?

Georgia O’Keeffe at 92

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Thanks to YouTube, we were able to locate this phenomenal video with Georgia O’Keeffe when she was 92 years old. She discusses her love of the New Mexico landscape, her paintings of bones, and her Model-A Ford, among other things. Below the video,  Journeys Study Leader Ellen Bradbury Reid follows up on her previous post about O’Keeffe with more memories of the artist.

Some recollections from Ellen Bradbury Reid, who shared a personal bond with Georgia O’Keeffe in her later years.

“O’Keeffe never wore sunglasses because they changed the color of things. She wore big brimmed black hats. She made or had all her clothes made. She always made her own clothes, even when she was a small girl. When she was at Chatham Academy, an Episcopal girls school in Virginia, she would wear very plain simple dresses. Most of the Chatham girls were from the South and had lace and pretty bows on their dresses, and they longed to dress O’Keeffe up…but she resisted. She once said that if she had to figure out what color to wear each day it would be a waste of time. As a young woman she wore black, brown, and white, but as she grew older she wore only black and white.

O’Keeffe had many patterns for dresses that she saved and reused for years. Most of the dresses were cut on the bias and had batwing sleeves so that they moved beautifully and were comfortable. Once when she was older, her friend Juan Hamilton had a dress made following one of her standard patterns but in a mauve, plum color. O’Keeffe refused to wear it and gave it back to the dressmaker.”

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Photo: Art of Santa Fe

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Photo: Alyssa Bobst

Personal collectibles at an artist’s home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo: Alyssa Bobst

Santa Fe, New Mexico has long been an epicenter for the arts, with more than 300 galleries and dealers, as well a dozen museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts. One of only nine cities in the world to be designated a UNESCO Creative City, Santa Fe is home to many programs dedicated to help emerging artists hone their craft. Artist Georgia O’Keeffe famously called New Mexico home, where the stunning landscapes inspired her work since her first visit there in 1929.

Click here to learn more about The Art and Spirit of Georgia O’Keeffe.

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