Mixed Me­dia The In­ter­na­tional Folk Art Mar­ket

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - — Jen­nifer Levin

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

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