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15th Annual Santero Market

  • Dates: October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: San Felipe de Neri Church
  • 2005 North Plaza NW, Albuquerque , NM 87104
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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The theme for this year’s market is “Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace.”

Santeros are artisans who specialize in creating devotional art in traditional Spanish colonial styles. These artists are following a 400-year-old tradition from Spain, which began when artists started painting and carving images of Catholic saints. New Mexico and surrounding states are home to many award-winning santeros.

Examples of traditional Spanish art forms include bultos (wood carvings of religious figures in the round); retablos (paintings on wood panels); encrusted straw and straw applique artwork; colcha (traditional embroidery), and tinwork, along with many other genres.