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Innovation and Tradition Shine at 60th Anniversary Spanish Market

Posted in Art, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by Jenny Kimball

It’s always a treat to step outside the doors of La Fonda and wade into the crowd of Spanish Market artists and visitors.  This year was no exception and the market provided a surprise in the form of a new category – Innovation Within Tradition.  The new category allows traditional artists to introduce some contemporary themes into their work. The guidelines are stringent – requiring the techniques or processes the artist uses to remain traditional but allows exploration within the content of their work. Gustavo Victor Goler, a traditional bultos and retablos artist added some whimsy to his work this year to the delight of visitors and the Spanish Market judges. His San Cristóbal won first place in the Innovation within Tradition category depicting San Cristóbal on a surf board. San Cristóbal (Saint Christopher) is commonly known as the patron saint of travelers, but in digging deeper, Goler found that surfers claim him as the patron saint of surfing.

"San Cristóbal"

"San Cristóbal" by Gustavo Victor Goler

Another interesting phenomenon that many artists noticed this year was a change in crowd activity. Over the years, it was not uncommon for crowds to descend on the market at 8am on Saturday and buy up the most popular and/or award-winning artists’ work.  Over the last three years, however, the economy has influenced buyer behavior.  Collectors are being choosier and taking their time in buying pieces.  This has allowed many artists the ability to have inventory for the entire weekend, relax and enjoy talking and selling for the full two-days of the market instead of the frenzied and chaotic couple of hours at the market opening. Lorrie Aguilar-Sjoberg, an encrusted straw artist,  lowered her prices this year in response to the slow economy. Lorrie would rather have patrons be able to afford the piece they really want and take it home and enjoy it. She’s fortunate to have low overhead – buying the wood she uses for her crosses in bulk and growing her own straw.

Encrusted Straw Artist Lorrie Aguilar-Sjoberg

Just down the row from Lorrie, devotional artist Tim Lucero displayed his retablos. Tim showed his work for many years in the Youth Market and was mentored during that time by Lorrie’s father, santero Filimón Aguilar, now retired. The Youth Market is another fun element to Spanish Market and allows the youngest generation a way to not only learn from experienced artists, but also display their work – going through a similar jury process as their Traditional Spanish Market elders.  This is Tim’s second year showing as an adult. Last year Tim won third place in the Small Retablo category. This year he won an honorable mention in the that same category.  He’s inspired by the work being done by other artists in the Innovations Within Tradition category and looking forward to exploring it more in his work for next year.

Retablo Artist Tim Lucero

Retablo Artist, Tim Lucero

Spanish Market offers art lovers a chance to explore the evolution of an art form – from youth learning traditions to a new generation of artists expanding the definition of traditional Spanish art to the masters creating exquisite pieces of devotion. We are fortunate to have it all unfold right outside our door every summer.


Santa Fe Recycles!

Posted in Art, Santa Fe Non-Profits with tags , , , on November 15, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

Recycle Santa Fe’s Art Festival occurred this past weekend at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, located in the Railyard. Attached are a few pics showing some of the goodies from the show. From evening gowns to placemats, there was something there for everyone. Each product must contain at least 75% rescued/reused materials and the creativity and artistry were amazing. I came home with a fabulous piece of art. This is the 12th year of the festival and it shows how many Santa Feans care about recycling and helping our planet survive.

One of the original organizers and the inventor of the “Trash Fashion Show”, Nancy Judd, has produced a lovely evening gown out of recycled La Fonda bed sheets which is to be adorned with long paper chains of pledges from children around the country explaining how they will save the planet. Check out her website for more amazing creations.

Hot off the Press!!!

Posted in Art, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who with tags , on August 20, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

For the first time ever, the submittals for Indian Market were of such caliber that the judges were not able to choose just one piece as Best of Show.   This year we have TWO Best of Show winners.  Filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (Diné) won Best of Show for his film entitled Shimásání, which roughly translated means Runner.  It is a wonderful black and white film that was shot on the reservation.   The second ribbon for Best of Show was won by Stetson Honyumptewa (Hopi) for his kachina submitted in the Pueblo Wooden Carvings division.

There were several other exciting firsts at this year’s awards. This is the first year to have a film classification at Indian Market and one of the films submitted won Best of Show. Delores Garza (Haida), a first-year Indian Market participant, won Best of Division in Baskets.   In addition, Eve-Lauryn LaFountain (Chipewa) won Best of Division in the Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography division, for a piece of photography.  It is the first time that a photograph has won in this division.

The Best of Show was announced at a luncheon today at the Santa Fe Convention Center honoring all of the division and special category winners.  These pieces will be on preview tonight at the Convention Center from 5:30 and 7:30 before they go on sale tomorrow as Indian Market opens.

Did you know that La Fonda used to host Indian Market in its entirety?  It has grown so large that it now dominates all of downtown Santa Fe and over 1,080 artists are participating in this year’s Market.

On Pins and Needles Awaiting the Best of Show Winner

Posted in Art, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who with tags , on August 19, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

Today is judging day at Indian Market.  All of the artists’ pieces that were delivered to the Convention Center yesterday have now been classified.  As I write this, the judges are evaluating each piece of art submitted. The two head honchos in charge of the judging are Carole Sandoval (Ohkay Owingeh), Vice Chair of SWAIA’s board, a graduate of IAIA and John Torres-Nez (Diné), Director of Artists Services for SWAIA and former curator of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.  Both Carole and John have assembled a wide variety of artists and other art experts to judge each category and award the winning pieces with ribbons.

First place in each category, as well as the Best of Show winner, will be determined this afternoon and will be formally announced tomorrow at the Best of Show Luncheon and Preview (all tickets already sold out for this event).   All award-winning pieces will then be on display at the General Preview tomorrow night at the Convention Center (for tickets, please come to the Convention Center).

See pictures below of some of the work submitted.

Wednesday’s Behind the Scenes Peek at Indian Market

Posted in Art, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who on August 18, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

The Wednesday before Indian Market officially begins is the day that Native American artists submit all art being considered for awards for this year’s Market.    The process begins with artists lining up outside the Convention Center with their art. Each piece is accepted by an “Official Receiver”, a volunteer who determines the judging category of each piece. There are 11 categories of art allowed in Indian Market, including jewelry, pottery, textiles, diverse art forms, bead and quill work, moving images, basketry, and youth.

I am one of the many volunteers that makes SWAIA’s Indian Market possible. As a Runner, it is then my responsibility to ensure these pieces of art get from the Official Receiver to the room where judging is being conducted.

Meet Betty Ottesen, from Greeley Colorado.  Betty is a guest at La Fonda and has been volunteering as an Indian Market official receiver since 1984. Betty knows her Indian Art and it was a pleasure today to shadow her and listen to the conversations between her and the artists about the art and the intricacies of determining categories of Native art.

Behind the Scenes at Indian Market

Posted in Art, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who with tags on August 17, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

This week I will be blogging about some of the behind the scenes activity going on this week leading up to and including Indian Market weekend. I will also be spotlighting some of our interesting guests staying at La Fonda, starting with Sidney and Ruth Schultz.

The Schultz’s have made La Fonda their home away from home during Indian Market for the past 28 years. Ruth served on SWAIA’s (Indian Market’s sponsoring organization) board for many years. Ruth and Sidney have been avid collectors of Native American art for over 50 years and Ruth often shares her expertise with informative lectures on how to become a collector. Ruth describes Indian Market as “the greatest show on earth”. She suggests anyone interested in the art itself attend the preview Friday afternoon. The preview is hosted at the Convention Center and gives a good overall look at what is going to be offered at Market. For tickets to this event, call Linda Off at SWAIA: 505-983-5220. For more information visit their website.

Another gem of advice Ruth shares, “Don’t be blinded by the ribbons.” There is so much wonderful work that has not been awarded a ribbon; collectors may be missing out on some fantastic opportunities if they limit themselves to purchasing ribboned pieces.

Only in Santa Fe

Posted in Art, General on June 16, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

The days of the free lunch may be over, but if you happened to be on Canyon Road this week, you may have been able to grab some free art. A sign at the entrance to Canyon Road was beckoning drivers to make the detour, asking passers-by to ‘Please take my art.’ Once the turn was taken, a vast array of colorful paintings could be seen.

The sign asked for a donation, but there was no artist tending the store, nor was there a place to deposit the donation. I guess anyone that took a painting that wanted to give a donation, could simply donate to a cause of their own choosing.

As I drove home (without a painting), the very thought of this short interlude made me smile. Only in Santa Fe.