Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Keeping tradition alive.(Special Section)

Byline: Melissa W. Sais For the Journal

52nd Spanish Market puts Colonial New Mexican art in the spotlight

A feast for all the senses awaits visitors at the 52nd Traditional Spanish Market, where local flavors, music and dancing meet the traditional regional arts of New Mexico.

Artists from New Mexico and southern Colorado's San Luis Valley will exhibit and sell their Spanish Colonial art on the Plaza in Santa Fe from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 and 27.

Spanish Market is the oldest and largest exhibition and sale of Spanish Colonial art forms in the country. Admission is free.

"It's so popular because people want to see the traditions that are very much alive today," says Bud Redding, Spanish Market director. "It's the material manifestation of the Spanish culture."

The market includes 17 categories of artwork, including the familiar retablos, bultos, furniture and weavings, as well as revival arts such as unique regional embroideries using the colcha stitch, religious images painted on deer or elk hides and utilitarian pottery. …

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