Have you ever been to a Santa Fe art market where you fall in love with everything you see? Well, that is how I felt today at the New Mexico Artisan Market. If you are wondering what to see in see in Santa Fe, it is a perfect event! Try and catch it next year, it is typically held in February.
What is special about the Artisan Market is buying locally crafted goods and talking directly to the artists. You get to hear their story and most importantly, about the craft you are purchasing. It puts a meaning and a story to the purchase. Supporting the local artists, their business and dollars go right back into the community. I have listed below a few highlights and contacts, a look inside the artisan market.
Kei and Molly is a business with a cause that touches my heart. They create artisan quality products while providing good jobs for immigrants and refugees in their Albuquerque community. They are going to be featured in the March 2020 issue of Martha Stewart Living -- Congratulations! I bought an excellent 'Buy Local' tote bag, featured in the header photo above, 'Buy Local' oven pads, and two kitchen towels with the design that says - 'Red or Green?' and 'Grow Local.' I wished I bought the 'Save the Bees'... Good news we can all check out her website and shop at www.keiandmolly.com (505)268-4400
Bison Star Naturals is a unique, all natural company in Taos, New Mexico and worth visiting their website. Their line of lotions, soaps, and salts are all organic, natural and made from locally sourced ingredients. All products are perfume free and also free from animal testing. It is a family run and native owned business. I bought a few products and could not be more pleased with the quality and refreshing scents. www.BisonStarNaturals.com
Jessi Penrod is an Artist and Potter whose work I fell in love with immediately. Perhaps it was her connection to nature, the detail in her Hummingbirds, or the breathtaking Aspen Trees. Well let's just say, a mug went home with me. I will forever follow her work and look forward to adding to my new collection. Please checkout her website at www.JessiPenrodCeramics.com
Have you ever seen glasswork so beautiful? The symphony of colors and reflections compliments her individualistic design. Denise Elvrum from Desert Glass Design hits all the notes with her stunning work. I had an emotional connection to her work, and perhaps it was because I later learned she had Norwegian heritage, like myself. No wonder I loved her work so much and enjoyed hearing her story. My father also bought a lovely bowl to bring home to Norway. To contact Denise, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit her website at www.desertglassdesign.com
Tammy Weinerlich is a local textile artist who has a fantastic story of her prints. The animal pillows to her side are her past and present pets, her muses. The unconditional love they give, and her love for them, is evident in her colorful, individualized Art Deco style. Her business, Collected Hands Studio, is a family business also specializing in handmade modern furniture and accessories with a nod to Art Deco and bungalow styles. The Studio is located in the Albuquerque Old Town Patio Market, 206 1/2 San Felipe NM. Please check out their website to view all the beautiful products and how to commission. www.collectedhands.com
Miguel Licona's woodwork is stunning and unique. It is subtle, yet show stopping at the same time. He uses Velvet Mesquite wood that he actually harvests himself from the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The inlay is Kingman Turqoise and Peruvian Turquoise he crushes with and mixes with resin. All woodwork is functional, and has a food safe finish. To view more of his work and how to purchase, please visit www.wildedgeworks.com
When I first viewed Barbara Burzillo's bronze sculptures, the movement captivated me. The elongated lines, the reflection of the light, and shadows talk to your soul. It is evident she works from her heart and the craft is a labor and expression of love. Please view her website to more sculptures, beautiful painting, and prints to purchase. www.barbaraburzillo.com
Root & Feather is a mother and daughter business where you feel the harmony and positive energy the moment you talk to the artistic duo. Their jewelry is fun, whimsical, and definitely New Mexico. I bought an adorable necklace and a keychain that said - Red or Green. Their prices are refreshingly affordable. I know where I'm finding great gifts for birthdays and Christmas! Please check out their Etsy webstore at www.etsy.com/shop/RootAndFeather
The New Mexico Artisan Market was held this year at the Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501, on February 15-17, 2020.
I first learned about arts and crafts from my good friend Marcia who is like a second Mom to me. I was probably just five years old when she set me up with my table with supplies in what is now called a ‘She Shed.’ She has greatly influenced my life creatively and in so many other ways too. She is inventive, artistic, and is ahead of her time. Please follow my blog posts to help support small businesses and entrepreneurs and remember to shop local. Thank you, Linda