SNEAK PEEK ; BUYERS STRATEGIZE AS ARTISTS ARE WELCOMED TO FOLK ART MARKET.Byline: DENNIS J. CARROLL
By Dennis J. Carroll
For The New Mexican New Mexico Abbr. NM or N.M. or N.Mex.
A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 47th state in 1912.
About 1,000 admirers of folk art folk art, the art works of a culturally homogeneous people produced by artists without formal training. The forms of such works are generally developed into a tradition that is either cut off from or tenuously connected to the contemporary cultural mainstream. braved lightning, gusty gust·y
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1. Blowing in or marked by gusts: a gusty storm.
2. Characterized by sudden outbursts. winds and occasional downpours Friday evening to get a first look at works of art from 46 countries and to rub shoulders and have their pictures taken with some of the 133 artists.
The stormy storm·y
adj. storm·i·er, storm·i·est
1. Subject to, characterized by, or affected by storms; tempestuous.
2. weather sent attendees seeking cover under numerous tents and into display booths but failed to dampen the spirit of the reception opening the 2009 Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal. International Folk Art Market on Museum Hill.
Those gathered applauded and cheered during the traditional procession of artists from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe who paraded onto the stage and then into the crowd to mingle with those who had paid $250 for a pair of tickets to chat it up with the artists and scout their buying strategy for the weekend.
Sales of works were not allowed Friday night.
Linda Carey of Santa Fe said it was exciting to see all the artists and their exotic native dress, but the main reason she was there was to get a leg up on her shopping plans for today and Sunday.
"I've got to plan my strategy," Carey said. Many of the most sought-after pieces of art, from jewelry jewelry, personal adornments worn for ornament or utility, to show rank or wealth, or to follow superstitious custom or fashion.
The most universal forms of jewelry are the necklace, bracelet, ring, pin, and earring. to pottery weavings to textiles and much more, go quickly soon after the market opens. Today, that's 9 a.m.
Carey had already met with one of the Uzbekistan artists whose silk scarves scarves
A plural of scarf1.
a plural of scarf1 she is planning to buy. And then there were the baskets from Swaziland and Kenya.
She said she doesn't buy the items for herself but rather stows them away in a closet, then gives them away for such events as birthdays and Christmas.
Carey said some of the prices are so inexpensive that "it makes you feel guilty, but you buy them anyway."
Melissa Lagrone made the trip from Fort Worth, Texas Fort Worth is the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas, 18th-largest city in the United States, and voted one of "America’s Most Livable Communities. , especially for the market. She said she feels that purchasing from the international artists helps to support their economies back home. "It makes you feel like you are giving back to their communities," she said.
It was the sixth year at the market for jewelry craftsman Moussa Albaka from Niger. "I do great," he said of his yearly sales.
Chigedze Chinyepi from Botswana said the international artists appreciate the fact that so many Santa Feans value their work and recognize the time it takes to create even a small art object.
"They know what it is like for a woman to sit and weave a small basket for a month," she said.
Chinyepi also praised Santa Feans in general. "People in Santa Fe are so humble, so unlike Americans" in other cities.