Many people come to indian Market for a day or just for the weekend. But, Santa Fe Indian Market is just the culmination of a week-long love fest with the arts. For the first time, I’ve scheduled a full week in Santa Fe and, to date, I have not been disappointed.
Indian Market is a very special time in Santa Fe. There are special receptions and auctions at the museums, at the galleries and shops. Here’s how to get in on the fun:
Indian Market Week Publications
Pick up one of the free Indian Market publications (this year’s has a marvelous beaded dress featured on the cover) you will see around town in the shops and galleries. These will list the events for Indian Market week, gallery openings and entertainment. Be sure and read all the ads…these contain information on receptions.
The SWAIA website lists events that are connected directly with Indian Market.
Go to the Santa Fe Visitors Centers or their website for a full calendar of events. There is a new Visitors Center right inside the Convention Center not far from the Plaza.
Talk to gallery owners and visitors at the receptions. Often, they will lead you to yet another fun event. Word of mouth has benefits.
Enjoying the Events
Most events are geared towards introducing you to the art and artists surrounding Indian Market. Take time to enjoy the art and get to know the gallery owners and artists. Usually food and drink will be served at the events. Most are free and open to the public.
Some events charge an admission fee but will offset that cost by providing some nice food and beverages.
Everyone has their special interests. Here is a selection of events that might interest you:
Roanhorse for the Cure: Head to La Fonda and participate in a fund-raiser for the Susan J. Komen Foundation. Jeweler and artist Michael Roanhorse has joined with Komen to get cancer education materials translated into Navajo. The fund-raisers will help this effort.
Friday, August 20, 2010 from 2pm-5pm on the La Fonda Terrace
100 E. San Francisco Santa Fe NM
Michael Roanhorse donated to the silent auction. He is also featuring Mateo Romero (Cochiti). Mateo donated a painting to Roanhorse For The Cure.
Blue Rain Gallery Openings
Blue Rain Gallery has an opening featuring a well-known Native American artist practically every evening during Indian Market week. Here is their list of Artist Receptions.
Santa Fe Show at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (Railyard District)
This weekend, you can peruse objects of art from near and far, old and new at this beautiful show. Admission is free this weekend and there will be some shuttles on the periphery of Indian Market taking people to the show. An added bonus… it’s air conditioned! More information on the Santa Fe Show.
Packards Gallery on the Plaza
Packards is featuring some excellent artists at a Thursday night reception. I am interested in seeing California artist Darryl Edwards’ new creations.
Open House and Artist Reception
August 19, 2010
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
More on Packards.