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EDITORIAL: Two markets offer more opportunity

August 26, 2014

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Aug. 26--This year, Santa Fe was more than big enough to hold two nearly side-by-side markets showcasing the best of Native art and culture.

The upstart Indigenous Fine Art Market ran last Thursday through Saturday at the Santa Fe Railyard, and, of course, the venerable Santa Fe Indian Market took over the Plaza and downtown on Saturday and Sunday. Judging from photos, social media accounts, conversations and a few strolls through the streets, both succeeded on every level. We doubt some marketgoers even understood there were two events; what they did know is that their opportunity to buy art and meet artists had expanded -- having the new market in the Santa Fe Railyard brought Native art to a different venue on different days. (The setting was ideal, exactly the kind of event that planners of the Railyard Park envisioned.)

The new Indigenous Fine Art market also put together a top-notch slate of entertainment, cultural dances and fashion events, all designed to share the modern Native culture with our corner of the world. And at Santa Fe Indian Market, there was the always glorious preview on Friday night, with the best of the best art gathered in one place for just a few short hours. The collection, as always, was dazzling, with the Best of Show prize being awarded to a traditional Navajo weaver, Lola Cody, for a rug woven in the Two Grey Hills style. She even raised the sheep and sheared its wool herself.

For the weekend of Indian Market, there was the usual abundance of art, food, entertainment, cultural activities and so much more going on all over town.

The existence of both markets increased energy and excitement for the entire week leading up to Indian Market. We congratulate the Indigenous Fine Arts Market for a successful launch, and remain amazed at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts' ability to survive the many challenges that come with putting on the largest Native art show in the world year in and year out. Already, we are looking forward to 2015, which will bring the second Indigenous Fine Art Market and the 94th Santa Fe Indian Market.

What happened last week in Santa Fe is a lesson: More opportunities to sell and more opportunities to meet and cultivate collectors is good thing. Our city is richer because of it, and most importantly, Native artists benefited.

Get ready to burn him

The winding down of summer in Santa Fe gets a shot of fun with the annual burning of Zozobra and the Santa Fe Fiesta.

This year, of course, Zozobra is moving to a Friday night -- this Friday night, in fact. The Santa Fe Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe persuaded the City Council and the Fiesta Council that by holding the burning of Old Man Gloom on the Friday before Labor Day, there would be an opportunity to share this unique event with more people. Zozobra will lead seamlessly into the Labor Day Arts and Crafts Fair put on by the Fiesta Council, and next week, the city will prepare for Fiesta proper. (And, if Friday night goes smoothly, perhaps some day, Zozobra can move back to the Friday of Fiesta, where it would belong barring safety concerns.)

We like a Friday night rather than the Thursday night of the past decade or so -- families don't have to worry about getting kids up for school the next day, and out-of-town relatives can make it in after work on Friday and not have to drive home. But Friday brings crowds, so don't forget to buy tickets before the day of the event. People get through the gates more smoothly if they have their tickets ready. Tickets are available at, the Lensic Performing Arts Center and at selected credit unions around town. As promised, the Kiwanis Club -- the group that puts on Zozobra -- has kept prices affordable. Cost is $10 a ticket, with children under 10 free.

There's been plenty of gloom in 2014. Zozobra couldn't be more welcome this year.


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