In­ter­na­tional art mar­ket draws thou­sands to New Mexico


The In­ter­na­tional Folk Art Mar­ket is headed for another ban­ner year, and dozens of ar­ti­sans - many from de­vel­op­ing coun­tries - are reap­ing the ben­e­fits as they work to start their own busi­nesses and im­prove their com­mu­ni­ties.

Now in its 12th year, the three­day mar­ket en­tered its fi­nal stretch Sun­day.

Thou­sands of peo­ple crowded onto Santa Fe's Mu­seum Hill to browse the booths of more than 150 artists from around the globe.

Up for sale: ev­ery­thing from hand-wo­ven bas­kets and in­tri­cately carved gourds to rugs made of re­cy­cled clothes and ce­ram­ics glazed us­ing cen­turiesold tech­niques.

Or­ga­niz­ers say more than $700,000 in art was sold in less than four hours dur­ing the first night, a 12 per cent in­crease over 2014.

“It's won­der­ful,” mar­ket co­founder Judy Espinar said Satur­day af­ter­noon as she looked across the crowd. “It's nice to hear peo­ple are en­joy­ing it, as we work so hard to make it hap­pen.”

Espinar said the mar­ket has evolved into a tool for artists to bet­ter their lives and their com­mu­ni­ties and for oth­ers to learn more about peo­ple from other parts of the world.

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