Santa Fe Art Week
Above: Cuban artist Cenia Gutiérrez Alfonso’s painting Rooster Walks is representative of what is offered at the International Folk Art Market, July 12–14.
Art lovers will want to make sure they are in town for the first Santa Fe Art Week, July 12–21. Sponsored by the City of Santa Fe and Redwood Media Group, Art Week is designed to illustrate the breadth and depth of visual arts in Santa Fe. The 10-day series of events is bookended by International Folk Art Market and Art Santa Fe, both longtime summer favorites. The 16th annual International Folk Art Market opens the evening of July 12 with a party. Food, music, and a first chance at shopping draw the Friday evening crowds. The market is open all day Saturday and Sunday. More than 150 artists from 50 countries fill Milner Plaza and surrounding areas on Museum Hill with handmade rugs, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, and textiles from all corners of the earth. Artists from three countries new to the market— Australia, Bulgaria, and Iraq—join new and returning artisans from Cuba, India, Kyrgyzstan, and Namibia. Food, music, and dance add to the ambience. 78
The following weekend, Art Santa Fe, produced by Redwood Media Group, takes over the convention center with a show of contemporary art. More than 60 galleries, some local, some national and international, bring art and artists to the show, held July 18–21. This year’s exhibitors include Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia, California; Gallery Edel, Osaka, Japan; and Sammoun Fine Art, Quebec, Canada. The curatorial theme for 2019 is [MOMENTUM]. Art Santa Fe includes performances, workshops, and demonstrations. The days between Folk Art Market and Art Santa Fe are filled with Santa Fe Art Week events at galleries and museums across the city. Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths has invited jeweler Jo Baxter and pastel painter Marilyn Wightman to be at the gallery for the week. Daily talks at 3:30 pm include Baxter discussing the durability of gemstones in fine jewelry on July 16 and Wightman explaining the challenges and rewards of plein air painting on July 18. Wednesday,