Mixed Media The International Folk Art Market
One hundred and sixty artists from 53 countries gather at Milner Plaza on Museum Hill off Camino Lejo for the 14th annual International Folk Art Market, Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16. Over the weekend, they will sell their fine handmade wares to locals and visitors from around the world. Collectors as well as casual consumers will find a global bazaar of arts, crafts, food, and music in a setting that fosters connections among nations and cultures. Weavers, beaders, glassworkers, jewelry makers, painters, fashion designers, and artisans working in a variety of mediums travel to Santa Fe from Cuba, Haiti, South Africa, Cambodia, Israel, Syria, and the Palestinian territories, among other locales. Ninety percent of all sales at the market goes home with them. According to market officials, since 2004, more than 800 artists representing 90 countries have earned a combined $25 million.
Among this year’s artists are sisters Zhanyl, Aitolkun, Kadyrkul, and Raushan Sharsembieva from Kyrgyzstan, makers of felted wool and silk scarves, clothing, and accessories. Thembi Dlamini, from Swaziland, is known for the unique patterns and symmetry of her woven sisal baskets, an art form that is passed down from mother to daughter. Daeyoung Lee, from South Korea, represents the Icheon Ceramics Cooperative, which is part of a ceramics revival in the village of Icheon, home to 300 ceramics studios, a ceramic-art high school, and a national ceramics festival. Lee will sell works of celadon, white porcelain, buncheong, temmoku, and crystalline-glazed ceramics. The International Folk Art Market opens with a Global Gathering Under the Stars party on Friday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $225. The early-bird market ($75) starts at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m. and the market closes at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday; tickets are $20. On Sunday, July 16, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets are $15. Children under sixteen are admitted to the market for free. For the complete schedule, visit www.folkartalliance.org.
THINK LOCAL, SHOP GLOBAL: INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET