The Art Buzz – November 2017


More than 80 New Mexico juried artists and artisans show their arts and crafts at the 36th annual Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale, Nov. 18 and 19. While you browse, enjoy good food and fine local wine. There are three sites to choose from and you should choose them all: Placitas Elementary School, the big tent east of the Presbyterian Church, and the Anasazi Fields Winery. Details at

What can you expect from Thanksgiving Holiday weekend other than many opportunities to shop? Well, the 18th annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov. 24-26 at the Lujan Exhibit Complex at Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds is not any old opportunity. Shop from the works of 185 of the best artists and craftsmen from all over the country, and enjoy ongoing entertainment in the form of professional pianists, carolers, mariachis and more. Even Santa Claus will be in attendance! This family oriented event also features dozens of ‘Artists at Work’ and a Kids’ Creation Station! Details at

Thank goodness there’s Winter Spanish Market, Dec. 2-3 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Presented by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, this festival celebrates authentic 400-year-old traditions and innovative Spanish Colonial Style New Mexican-made artwork alongside local food, music, demonstrations and more. Details at

Santa Fe

Celebrate the 21st year that the Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund has provided financial support for medical assistance to in-need, professional artists who live and work in Santa Fe County at the annual Holiday Party and Silent Auction, held Friday, Dec. 17. More than 200 local artists donate 6-foot-by-6-foot artwork to raise precious dollars for the permanent fund that is dispersed to fellow artists in medical need throughout the year. Hosts include Yares Art Projects, Santa Fe Modern and Rippel Metal. And here’s to the theme—Champagne, Chocolates & Cheer! Details at

It’s time for the 19th annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, Nov. 17-19 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, where everything is made of 75-percent recycled materials. This super cool, interactive, eco-conscious event is the country’s largest and oldest recycled art market. Do not miss the kick-off: Friday night’s famous Trash Fashion and Costume Contest! The remainder of the weekend brings an inspiring art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make-and-take art activities. Expect work from more than 100 artists and to walk away with the perfect holiday gift sure to make the recipient marvel. Details at

Anyone or anything 100 years old deserves a party! The New Mexico Museum of Art is throwing itself a free, daylong centennial on Nov. 25 to commemorate its historic first day and the century since. In the museum and on the Plaza, meet costumed interpreters dressed as artists from the past, including Georgia O’Keeffe and Will Shuster. Enjoy live local music from the likes of the Shiners Club Band and Mariachi Sonidos del Monte. Make art, hear about art, watch art and pose in costumes from the early 1900s in the photo booth to win a prize. Details at

Bring on the chill in the air and bring on the handmade fiber artwork at the free 5th annual Fall Fiber Festival, presented by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, Nov. 18 and 19 at the Scottish Rite Temple. EVFA is committed to cultivating and supporting multi-generational participation in local, traditional and contemporary fiber arts. Several of the featured artists have achieved national recognition and are masters of their technique, demonstrating great skill mixing colors and textures. Details at

Coming at you from the City of Mud is a dynamic show titled Nuts + Bolts (imagination and industry). You have until New Year’s to check it out, but go early and often to see the industrial-edged, two- and three-dimensional art—assemblage, sculpture, photography, jewelry, decor—in mixed materials created with unconventional techniques. Local contemporary artists include Dan Shaffer, Richard Morrow, Sally Blakemore, Frank Ettenberg, Sasha Pyle, Jamie Chase, Hart Bowes, among others. Details at


At this point, 36 years in, the Dixon Studio Tour is a fall tradition, annually held the first weekend in November, which this year falls on Nov. 4 and 5. More than 50 artists, many of whom are award-winning, and businesses representing virtually every art and craft form will participate this year. From a small village community, you might have expected that this is a cooperative effort with the various artists performing all of the jobs from preparing the map to painting signs, as well as coordinating the whole event. The Collected Works show features a hallmark piece of work by each of the artists. Details at

You have the opportunity to go back time and time again to this sweet pop-up congregation of 65 local artists and artisans at the Taos Folk Holiday Craft Show and Sale, held at the Stables Gallery, for a whole month—Nov. 24 through Dec. 24. Scores of handmade gifts are available for coveting and for sale. Details at

by Cullen Curtiss

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