Strolling mariachis and artwork by Hispanic artists from Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico highlight this festive, casual and friendly annual marketplace, the largest of its kind in Arizona. Chat with artists as they sell a range of distinctive and unique artwork. With art in every price range, the 15th annual Mercado de las Artes (“Market of the Artists”) offers buyers a wide selection of objects from different Hispanic traditions, including Santos, pottery, embroidery, furniture making, painting, printmaking, and silver and tin-work.
Ballet Folklorico dancers will perform at 10 a.m. Saturday only. Mariachis will perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. And at 4:30 p.m. both days, see a colorful and inspirational Dia de los Muertos-inspired procession featuring dancers and calacas.
A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Saturday only in the Steele Auditorium.
This year’s Mercado‘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.”
Inside the Museum Shop, Victoria Martino will be representing artist Agustin Torres Beltran (Nahuatl), who makes jewelry made from contemporary Mata Ortiz pottery shards and .950 Taxco, Mexico, silver. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, totally hand formed and comes with a story card for provenance. Also in the Shop, meet beadwork artist Bayless Alexander (Huichol), who will be offering his fine beaded jewelry, masks and animals.
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.
In addition to the Heard’s parking areas, Mercado de las Artes visitors may park free in the following nearby lots:
The Mercado showcases a diversity of 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.
1. Oliverio Balcells - Painting/Drawing
2. Isabelle Collins - Talavera Pottery
3. Cynthia Cook - Tin work/ Mixed media
4. Matthew R. Cordova - Santos
5. Emily Costello - Painting
6. Monica Crespo - Painting
7. Ruben Galicia - Painting
8. Zarco Guerrero - Carved Masks
9. Porfirio Gutierrez - Zapotec Weaving
10. Felipe Huerta - Carved Masks
11. Veronica Verdug-Lomeli - Painting/ Drawing
12. Armando Adrian-Lopez - Painting/ Drawing
13. *Martin Moreno - Painting/ Mosaics
14. Kathy Cano-Murillo & Patrick Murillo - Mixed Media
15. Mel Rivera - Folk/ Traditional
16. Veronica & Gabriel Sandoval - Repousse
17. Patricia Silva - Painting
18. Mary Ann Rodriguez- Veatch - Painting/ Mixed media
*2017 Signature Artist
Burton Barr Library
Click the link below for a complete list of participating artists and their booth locations.
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.