2010 PosterOn Saturday morning Bob and I will get up at 5am, make coffee in go cups, and drive north to Santa Fe. We will be heading to Indian Market. As the sun comes over the mountains in Albuquerque, we will be on the plaza in Santa Fe. There aren't many reasons I would get up before the crack of dawn. Indian Market is like Christmas to me. The energy is high, and the vibes very good. Plus...by 10am it's packed with people.
I've been going to Indian Market since long before I moved to New Mexico. Every year I buy something. Which means a jewelry box full of gorgeous Native Jewelry. I always try to seek out a new artist and purchase something. When I look at my jewelry now...I have to laugh, as I couldn't afford to buy it. Most of the artists I have purchased from have become quite famous. Who knew?
This year Bob traded a knife for a painting by Mateo Romero. Mateo was the chosen artist for the Indian Market poster last year. Every year there is one artist among the hundreds chosen. I loved Mateo's work long before he ever called Bob about a knife. I have been visiting THE BEST Native gallery in New Mexico: Blue Rain Gallery. They originated in Taos. Now they are off the plaza in Santa Fe. Tony Abeyta, Mateo Romero, Preston Singletary, Tammy Garcia, Randal Lagro, Marla Allison are among the many fabulous artists at Blue Rain. Mateo's painting hangs in our front hallway. I walk by it 25 times a day...it always makes me feel happy. Recently we went up to Mateo's studio on Canyon road. He's an amazing person, as well as an awesome painter. We have Tony's colograph "Night Fertilization" in our living room. If I were rich...the place would be packed with these artist's work.
We had a dinner party to celebrate Mateo bringing the painting. We had met Pat Pruitt and Marla Allison at a knife show. So we invited them, and the man Lucas who introduced us. Marla and Mateo had been doing some work up in his studio with their friend Ryan Singer. So he came too. We made a big Italian dinner, and all had a great time. Mateo is also a printmaker and I believe we could have talked about printmaking all night. I was honored and warmed by our guests. We have to do it again soon. We will see them all at Indian Market. Every time I walk by Mateo's painting I think of that evening together.
"Butterfly Dancer" by Mateo Romero
I don't know the name of this piece or who Mateo is standing with!
I have it pinned to my work bench.
made by Pat Pruitt.
Wait till you see his stingray
and stainless concho belt!
His son Saige is a very close friend of
Bob's son Dan.
These are just a few of the artists that will be up in Santa Fe this weekend. If you are local, please go. The Native artists and craftsmen come from all over the country. It's a feast for the eyes.
See you there!
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