If you are an art lover, July is a great time for you to visit Santa Fe. Three amazing art events will come together in Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 10 through 15, creating the biggest, brightest, and most diverse array of art on the planet this summer. The Santa Fe Art Trifecta is an extraordinary alliance of three successful art organizations, the International Folk Art Market, ART Santa Fe, and SITE Santa Fe, all working together to establish an art week like no other. The International Folk Art Market, a vibrant outdoor event, brings artisans from some of the most remote communities in the world to show and sell handmade masterworks, while ART Santa Fe, an established international art fair, features contemporary and modern art from Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America. SITE Santa Fe is known for its edgy, provocative exhibitions of contemporary art.
The three organizations plan to collaborate for the first time on establishing and marketing a single weekend-long art event that is vast, varied, charged with energy, and of the highest quality. A combined marketing strategy is expected to bring visitors from all over the United States and abroad. Plans are progressing for a combined ticket that will admit purchasers to all three events. It is also hoped that there will be a new special event that incorporates elements of all three organizations. The three events take place in different parts of the city, each with its own personality.
The International Folk Art Market, July 12-14, celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer. It is a colorful, vibrant event held outdoors on Museum Hill featuring art, music, dance, food, and traditional dress. But the market does far more than sell art – the artists who are carefully selected to travel to Santa Fe with their wares come from distant and often troubled areas of the globe. Their sales support their families, communities, and artists’ collectives while keeping invaluable traditional arts alive. This is the largest international folk art market in the world and the handmade textiles, baskets, jewelry, and objects of all kinds are very hard to resist. www.folkartmarket.org/
ART Santa Fe, July 12-14, brings some of the best contemporary and modern art galleries in the world to downtown Santa Fe’s convention center. Besides the opportunity to immerse oneself in great art, and mingle with artists and gallery owners, there are demonstrations, exhibitions, an opening night Vernissage, and a special keynote speaker. This year, Robert Wittman, a former FBI agent and author of the book, Priceless: How I went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures, will speak about his fascinating career tracking down art thieves and frauds. www.artsantafe.com/
SITE Santa Fe’s entire 15,000 square feet of exhibition space will take viewers on a captivating journey through one artist’s vision this summer. Opening on July 13, Enrique Martinez Celaya: The Pearl is sure to capture global attention. The Cuban-American artist, originally trained as both a physicist and an artist, expresses his ideas through painting, sculpture, writing and installation. This exhibition will be based on the concept of home as both a destination and a departure point. SITE is known worldwide for its biennial exhibitions of important contemporary art. Its industrial-style building in the Santa Fe Railyard is a work of art itself, ever changing as selected artists use its facade as their canvas. sitesantafe.org/
Santa Fe, New Mexico is known internationally for art. There are more than 200 art galleries representing a huge range of traditional and contemporary art. The city’s many museums include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, The Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Spanish Colonial Arts Museum.
Santa Fe is designated a UNESCO Creative City. The Santa Fe Art Trifecta is an innovative approach to growing the market for art and enhancing the city’s reputation as a destination for art lovers.
Information courtesy: Santa Fe CVB