Connoisseurs of everything from fine art to corncobs and good company packed the blocks around the downtown Plaza.
The rich sights of traditional Spanish art and the contemporary Hispanic works displayed nearby pleased the eyes, while an array of musicians took the bandstand stage. Their audiences filled every available seat and streamed through the Plaza, some lounging in the grass to soak in the upbeat atmosphere in bare feet.
Savory scents from a ribbon of food vendors' booths lured long lines of hungry marketgoers, then sent them away happy, with dishes ranging from fajitas to roasted corn.
Art is the glue of the annual festival, and business was strong, according to
"I've had a great market," he said, basking in the sale of his featured piece, a
The buyers, a couple from
The market inspires artists to evolve, create and develop a style all their own, Esquibel said.
"You learn as the years go by, by talking to people, visiting artists, getting ideas," he said. "You've got to get better because the competition is fierce. So, if you don't get better and learn and improve as you go along, you get left behind."
Esquibel and the artists around him in the Plaza practice the traditional style of Spanish art that the market grew up with. Snaking down
It was displayed against a black backdrop in
Dieringer has been collecting jewelry and art for about 15 years -- more than half her life. Like the recent International Folk Art Market in
"When I find a deal, I jump on it," she said.
Dieringer's experience at the
For Dieringer, her sister and her brother-in-law, the
If you go
Contemporary Hispanic Market: Continues Sunday on Lincoln avenue between E. Palace avenue and Marcy street,
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