International Folk Art Market’s 16th Year Begins Tonight | July 12-14, 2019

From IFAM – The International Folk Art Market

Marc Romanelli

July 12, 2019 – The opportunity to shop for the world’s finest folk art while experiencing the dynamic diversity of global cultures comes only once a year at the International Folk Art Market Santa Fe, the world’s largest folk art festival.

Art and culture lovers will definitely want to be in this acclaimed high-desert arts destination July 12–14 as the Market celebrates the 16th annual gathering of the world’s master folk artists with over 150 artists from 50 countries. This year’s cross-cultural fair features 45 first-time artists, including artists from three countries never before represented at the Market: Australia, Bulgaria and Iraq.

Energized by the hands and hearts of these master makers, the 2019 Market promises a must-see, border-blurring explosion of form, texture and design—textiles, jewelry, beadwork, basketry, sculpture, ceramics, rugs, metal work, clothing, home accessories and more. Juried by two panels of experts, the work represents the highest quality folk art made in the world—and for the world—today.

As visitors are immersed in a high-energy ambiance of craft, culture and creativity, and artists are venerated for their traditional skills and innovation, everyone will contribute to shared ideals of global unity, community sustainability and economic change.

In the words of one longtime Market artist, Bandhani textile master Abduljabbar Khatri of India’s Sidr Craft, “This is the world’s best market. It changes lives, preserves traditional craft, and leads us forward with innovative ideas.”

The International Folk Art Market Santa Fe opens with a party on the evening of Friday, July 12, and runs through Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the beautiful Milner Plaza on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2019. For detailed information and schedule of events, visit www.folkartmarket.org.