Indian Market 2013 furthered the transition of Native American art from the traditional to the contemporary. We saw more focus on modern, edgy, creative art than ever before. With high fashion, high profile leaders such as Patricia Michaels, Orlando Dugi and Jessica Metcalfe, it is not surprising that much attention was paid to the new.
And at the booths, Native Artists are expanding their art to include new mediums, new ideas and new looks.
While these innovations are always crowd pleasers, there is something reassuring when we see the beautiful work of the Navajo weavers, the skill of the traditional silversmiths and the the hand-made Acoma pottery painted with yucca brushes.
Indian Market 2013 flew by like the clouds of a New Mexico monsoon storm. It was a well-organized series of events surrounded by gallery openings, non-SWAIA events and shows and the ever-present beauty of Santa Fe.
As the excitement built over Indian Market week it seemed the event would last forever. But at 5 p.m. on Sunday, artists, collectors and visitors streamed out of the City Different. As we walked Canyon Road after dinner Sunday evening the moon shone down on an almost deserted street.
Soon it was time to think about Indian Market 2014... where to stay, what events to attend. The planning begins for all involved. And, the art continues throughout the year.
August 18-24, 2014. SWAIA will celebrate its 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market the week of August 18-24, 2014.