Strolling mariachis and artwork by Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico highlight this festive, casual and friendly annual marketplace, the largest of its kind in Arizona. Chat with more than 65 artists as they sell a range of distinctive and unique artwork. With art in every price range, the 15th annual Mercado de las Artes offers buyers a wide selection of objects from different Hispanic traditions, including Santos, pottery, embroidery, furniture making, painting, printmaking, and silver and tinwork.
This year’s signature artist is Shane Casias of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Casias specializes in custom jewelry. “My designs are always created with the heaviest gauge materials possible for wearability, weight and comfort,” he says on his website. “My work is considered contemporary but I like to be known for my talent and creativity. Mostly self-taught, I did get opportunities as a young adult working with silversmithing shops learning my craft.”
Meet author Albert Quihuis, who writes bilingual books for children, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heard’s Books & More bookstore.
Also at the Mercado, the Courtyard Café will offer a menu of festive and traditional foods.
Admission to the Mercado is free with a suggested donation of $10, which includes museum admission. The museum is open the same hours as the Mercado, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Hispanic and Latino/a artists from the greater Southwest as well as Mexico making high-quality, handmade, traditional and contemporary art highlighting the vibrancy of Latino/a culture are encouraged to submit their artwork to be considered.
Application for this year’s mercado is now closed. Please bookmark the application page for next year. Applications are usually due in August. Consult the application page for more information and to contact the mercado organizers.
A list of participating artists will be posted here soon!