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.