Just south of the main event, artists in the
Collectors and shoppers straddled both markets over the weekend, organizers and artists said. The new market group formed earlier this year after
"It's new and I wanted to see what's here," Howard said, examining a sandstone and feather-topped effigy figure.
At the traditional market, more than 1,000 artists sell jewelry, pottery, textiles, paintings and more from booths snaking around the Plaza and spilling onto its side streets. Organizers say more than 175,000 people are drawn to the event, which continues through today.
Collectors and visitors said they were aware there were two markets, saying they planned to attend both.
Weaver Martowe Kataney showed his Angry Birds-meets-Dine rug after just setting up in the Railyard. He said that, at
"It's just more affordable to me," he said. He also said the
On the Plaza, first place pottery winner
"It's going well for me," he said. "I also hold a show at home and I sold them all."
"I liked it," he said, adding he had bought a Penobscot basket from a
"We were not very impressed by what we saw," she said. Her
"We saw a lot of stuff that was really a mixed bag," Brown said.
On the Plaza, flower baskets tumbled with petunias in the soft breeze as shoppers gawked and bought, dressed in everything from a vault's worth of silver and turquoise to shorts and polo shirts. Native rockers added the chiming guitars of Big Head Todd and the Monsters' "Bittersweet Surrender" from the Santa Fe Bandstand.
"I see a lot of artists with smiling faces and that's a good sign," he said. "We had a lot of
"A lot of locals who said the last thing they wanted to do was go downtown, they like it here because they see it as a community space."
"This is my second show ever," the former SWAIA board member said. "I wanted to support the new initiative. I wanted to support the idea of a new and less competitive market." 93rd Annual Santa Fe Indian Market
HOW MUCH: Free. Call 505-983-5220 or see swaia.org.
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