Art of the people

Stella recently visited Santa Fe’s annual International Folk Art Market.


Staged on Museum Hill every July, it’s an impressive endeavor involving more than 100 artists from around the world, 1,000 volunteers and 20,000 visitors.  Each booth averages sales of $16,000, which for many of the artists from developing countries might be the majority of their annual income.  Artists retain 93% of the sales revenue and the gross revenue for the market is approximately $2 million.

Artists such as Micheé Ramil Remy from Haiti:

haitian guy

Beyond enjoying the delightful onslaught of colors, shapes, and textures, it was reassuring that humans all over the world are united by the same desire to tell stories of life and death, to beautify inanimate objects, and express spiritual beliefs.

noahs ark

st pierre

There is the broad depiction of every day life.

everyday activity

big tapestry


I always light candles with my watermelons.

Then there are the exceptional and significant events.  I was really struck by the piece below depicting the terrible flooding seen in southern Africa in the last few years.



The market was full of beautiful functional objects.

bright baskets


chinese necklace

chess set

We saw lots of people.


romanian dolls

And fabulous storytelling.


nigerian metalwork

haitian metalwork

And last but not least, our animal friends.

wacky animals

5 responses to “Art of the people”

  1. lane says:

    i like those baskets. really cool.

  2. lane says:

    and the photo of the baskets is cool too.

  3. lane says:

    seriously stella, you should have that printed on good photo paper and put it up in your kitchen. ala bacon DIY suburban houses art.

    the pattern of the baskets and then the for sale tags messing up the weaving patterns, and also the way the convexity of the baskets disrupts the pattern as well. just such a nice photo.

  4. Tim says:

    All these photos are really interesting, especially the one of the baskets. I was going to comment on it in particular, but Lane beat me to it. I liked it so much I emailed it to myself and am using it as the wallpaper on my phone.

  5. Stella says:

    I’m so excited that Lane and Tim like my photo! Woo hoo!