The Land of Enchantment
Winsted, Manya, Southwest Art
By Manya Winsted *Photos by Jack Parsons
Indian Market is the Show of Shows in Santa Fe-not only for the Native American artists who have been hard at work all year preparing their latest creations but also for an avid and appreciative audience. A palpable electricity permeates the air as the old city fills with collectors from all over the world and last-minute preparations go on around the Plaza and Canyon Road for the dozens of gallery openings, cocktail parties, and other celebrations coinciding with Indian Market.
You can feel the excitement everywhere. And it makes even the simplest pleasure of window shopping along the small, crooked streets take on an air of expectancy. Even the great old hotels, like historic La Fonda, Inn of the Anasazi, and newly redone La Posada usually have special events or exhibitions during Indian Market. All of this means that at this time of year the streets are definitely for strolling, not driving. As it has grown over the years, Indian Market has taken over not only the heart of the Plaza but also stretches of the main arteries and side streets. Those streets around the Plaza that aren't closed to traffic are dogged, and parking is ... well, forget parking. Just get out your walking shoes and enjoy the sights and the velvety summer weather.
You can spend long hours-days, in fact-- just enjoying the creative treasures in the dozens upon dozens of art galleries all around the historic Plaza and the length of Canyon Road, which showcase everything from rare tribal art and Russian icons to cutting-edge contemporary art. Santa Fe has long held one of the top rankings among the country's art centers, which is certainly understandable when you consider that it is home to more than 300 galleries and countless artists. The visual-art scene, as well as the multicolored tapestry of performing arts venues-whether you're a fan of opera, Shakespeare, modern theater productions, or dance-makes for a culturally rich environment. …