Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Spanish Market - Carrying On Tradition

Meet Miguel Strunk. Miguel is 18 years old and working on carrying on the family tradition of Straw Applique. This is a collaborative piece that he worked on with his grandfather. Listen to his grandfather talk about Miguel was so wonderful. You could just see the pride in his grandfathers face and here it in his voice.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Spanish Market: Alter Screen

This beautiful Alter Screen is the work of artist Nicolas Otero. By the time I reached his booth all of his work was sold. If you would like to see more of his work click here to see his website.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Spanish Market - My Purchases

My favorite thing to purchase at Spanish Market can be found in the Children's Artist area. They are both Retablo's and painted with natural pigments. The first piece, St.Francis, was created by a 15 year old artist and the smaller Virgin De Guadalupe was created by a 10 year old artist. I actually spied the St. Francis at the preview event on Friday evening and made it a point to search it out first thing yesterday morning.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Spanish Market was in full swing when I took this shot. This time I was standing on the other end of the street near my office. The day we perfect, the crowds were large and guess who I ran into, you guessed it, Kate. I could have spent thousands at this years market. I did make a purchase but spent much less. I will show that to you tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Getting Ready for Market

Yesterday, as I arrived at work the City of Santa Fe crews were hard at work setting up the tents for Spanish Market. I took this shot mid-afternoon as the artists were starting to move in. As evening hit the rain arrived, my first thought, I hope the tents were strong enough to keep the artwork dry.

Friday, July 26, 2013

After The Music

Last night I went to the bandstand after work for some wonderful Blues music. On my way home the sky started to display the most wonderful colors. I rushed to a safe spot where I could park and snap this shot. Tonight is the start of Spanish Market weekend. One of my friends is an artist and she is treating me to a preview party. I will try to sneak some photos.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dancing the Evening Away Again

The evening that I shot Kate at the bandstand concert I also had the opportunity to captured Antara. You will remember her from Kate's post this past Sunday. I admire how she just danced the evening away on her own. She seemed so free and alive.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

You Make Me Smile

The other night shortly after capturing Kate, I caught sight of these too. At first they were dancing alone then they came together and the smiles began. It was really sweet to see.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Capturing the Blogger.

Yesterday after work I walked down to the plaza to listen to a Jazz musician who was performing on the bandstand and guess who I caught taking photos. Yes, that's Kate snapping some photos of people dancing on the plaza. Who know's where I will see her next. Make sure to check out her blog.

Monday, July 22, 2013

My Santa Fe Kate

Kate is back in Santa Fe and yesterday I was fortunate enough to spend some time with her chatting about blogs and catching up since her last visit. She is my favorite Santa Fe tourist! If you haven't checked out her Santa Fe blog you can see it here. She will be in Santa Fe until the end of the month and then she will be back on her regular blog Visual St. Paul.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hiding from the Sun

When people were not shopping under the tents at the Folk Art Market they could be found milling around. Fortunately the market provided umbrellas to those who chose to protect themselves from the sun. The clouds weren't too threatening but that changed hours after I took this shot.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Learning a few things

This young woman was learning few things about South Africa from artist Lulama Shilabeni. All of the artist who came to the market were all so friendly and very accommodating to all of the photographers.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Colorful Prints

This is artist Santosh Kumar from India.  He was presenting on of his rugs for a potential customer. I would love one but I would probably hang it. These were too beautiful to be trampled on. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. One more week for Spanish Market, want to come?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Market Time!

This is the entrance to the second half of the Folk Art Market. I thought the colors of the decorations blended in too much with the sky. I prefer the ones from last year. You can see that here. I had an off day in regards to photography. I will have to work on some of these shots before posting them. Don't you just hate days like that.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

And They Cheered!

You could hear their excitement even before they appeared in front of me. From a distance you could hear the clapping and faint cheer of MEXICO! As they approached you could hear the crowd chime in echoing their excitement.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Waiting for the Beginning

Before the parade of the countries started I caught these two waiting around. I am not sure why they were outfitted in the Algerian flag but they sure got peoples attention.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Artists of South Africa

These ladies were so fun to watch. They were so happy and having a great time, you couldn't help but feel it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

In Beautiful Color

This is one of the artist from South Sudan. Take a look at that wonderful necklace that she is wearing. I am looking forward to attending the market today to see more of her wonderful bead work. Yesterday I attended the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow. I could not believe when I got home. I ended up with a little over 500 images. Something else to look forward to. Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Happy To Be Here

There were so many wonderful smiles as the artists from all over the world proceeded along the parade route to the stage. This beautiful smile was brought to us from Lao PDR (People's Democratic Republic). Looking forward to the market tomorrow.

Friday, July 12, 2013

The International Folk Art Market Is Here

Yesterday I attended the kick off for the 10th Annual International Folk Art Market. This was the beginning of the parade of all the artist who will be at the market. Stay tuned for more and have a happy Friday!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Branch in Adobe

I can only imagine how long this piece of wood has been embedded in the adobe wall. I wonder if it's been in there since the wall was built.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Old Adobe and Door

Here is another part of the compound that surrounds the chapel that I posted a few days ago.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Adobe Wall

This is one of the walls that surrounds the chapel from yesterdays post.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Old Chapel

The Santa Fe Wine Festival was held on the grounds of El Rancho De Las Golondrinas. El Rancho is a Living History Museum in the southern end of our city. Click on the link for more information. This chapel is still amazing being that it was built in the 1700's.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Santa Fe Wine Festival

One of this weekends events is the Santa Fe Wine Festival and all of the wineries are from here in New Mexico. There were quite a few tasty sample to suit everyone's palette. Whether you like Red or White, Dry or Sweet there was wine for everyone. Oh and yes, I did come home with a few bottles.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Look There!

This was another one of those surprise shots that you find after you upload it. I was shooting the balloon artist in the colorful hat and then I noticed I have a couple looking in opposite direction and a guy looking at me with a not too happy look. All this at the Farmer's Market.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Flower Power

I love these flowers, not that I know what the name is. After looking at this photo while setting this post up it actually starting to look like one of those big fireworks. Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Touch Up

As some of you may know Kate from Visual St. Paul will be here in Santa Fe starting tomorrow until the end of the month. Well, here in Santa Fe we know that she likes to visit out library downtown so they decided they'd better give the place a little extra cleaning before she the arrives. They have the screens off the window so that they can repaint the trim.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Two Sisters, Two Trees

Well that's the English interpretation, Dos Hermanas, Dos Arboles is a sculpture by local NM artist Paula Castillo. It's right next to the entrance of the New Mexico History Museum.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sacred Advertising

Mary can be seen everywhere in New Mexico but this is the first time I have seen her advertising Oil Cloth.

Monday, July 1, 2013

CDP Theme Day: Facade

Theme Day has come to CDP and this months theme is Facade. "The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists.(from their website" It is one of my favorite museums in town. It's 5 minutes from my workplace so I spend some of my lunch hours here. They have a fantastic shop with great books.

To see other Facades from around the world click here.