ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – This is the 27th year of the Winter Spanish Market, and the 3rd year in Albuquerque. This market, along with the Summer Market which takes place in Santa Fe the last full weekend of July every year, showcases the unique productions of New Mexican artists and artisans working in the Spanish Colonial style, which first came to what is now New Mexico over 400 years ago.
All works in the Market are hand-made, adhere to historical traditions, and use locally found materials wherever possible. They are therefore vastly different in quality and style from mass-produced tourist pieces, and are part of an artistic continuum that is truly unique in the entire world.
There are over 20 different art forms in Winter Spanish Market, including retablos, weaving, bultos (carvings), tinwork, straw applique, ironwork, jewelry, colcha embroidery, furniture, hide painting, and ceramics.
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society was founded in 1925 with the mission to preserve, promote and educate the public regarding the Spanish Colonial Art traditions. The first market was in 1926 on the Plaza in Santa Fe.