The Taos Pueblo Artisan Market, happening Friday through Sunday (Nov. 30-Dec. 2), comes just in the nick of time for holiday shoppers looking for a weekend activity sure to inspire. …
The Taos Pueblo Artisan Market, happening Friday through Sunday (Nov. 30-Dec. 2), comes just in the nick of time for holiday shoppers looking for a weekend activity sure to inspire. The location is El Monte Sagrado Resort, 317 Kit Carson Road. Admission is free.
The gathering of artists, musicians -- and this year meditation teacher Patrick Shendo -- has been around for two years and the promoters say this is the best year ever. Tempo got the details from Robin Naylor, the resort activities coordinator at El Monte Sagrado. Here are the things you need to know if you plan on bundling up and venturing out this weekend:
Tempo: Why should our Tempo readers come out on a cold winter weekend for this event?
Robin Naylor: So, they can support their community and artists, expose themselves to the new art and crafts they may not have seen before, buy unique gifts. It's entertaining for the whole family. We will have an arts and crafts section for kids to explore their artistic side. It's a great time to meet the artists and ask questions of them. The market presents a great time for artists from the Pueblo to interact with the community.
Tempo: What is the history of the market?
Naylor: The owner of Heritage Hotel and Resorts, Jim Long, has a deep interest in promoting artists throughout New Mexico. He is a 12th generation New Mexican and chose the name "Heritage" for the specific interest in promoting, protecting and cultivating the heritage of New Mexico. He owns 13 hotels and resorts, all in New Mexico.
Heritage wanted to reach out to tribes throughout New Mexico to create ongoing relationships, so here we are. The interest in local artisans led us to reach out to the pueblo and offer to host the Artisans Market here at El Monte Sagrado. We've held the event for two years running and this will be our third. I am the resort activities coordinator, and I work with Ilona Spruce, the tourism director at the pueblo, to put the event together. She reaches out to artists from the pueblo, who have dedicated collectors and locals and tourists. We expect to have about 20 vendors this year. About 150 people will attend our opening reception, and many more people will pass through over the weekend. We are committed to growing the event every year and get this market on par with some bigger markets in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Tempo: Who's participating?
Naylor: We will have artists working on their craft at the market and demos throughout the weekend. The artists include Jeralyn Lujan Lucero, who makes soaps, candles, greeting cards, jewelry and is a painter. Dawning Pollen Shorty, also a painter, will have pottery available. Ryan Suazo will be displaying ornaments and other small decorative pieces. Jocelyn Martinez, a painter and scratch-board maker, will have work available. Patrick Trujillo, a painter known for greeting cards and prints, will have his work available and be working on his craft at the market. Darold Lujan will be on hand. He works in traditional crafts using wood and clay. Painter and author Jonathan Warm Day Coming plans to participate, and Ruben Romero is showing sterling silver and some beadwork. Dominic Bau is displaying jewelry in silver, leather, wood, maybe bone too. Crucita Mondragon will have clothing and accessories. Shaunte Bernal plans to have her clay sculptures available.
Tempo: What can you tell us about the music and meditation from Patrick Shendo?
Naylor: We feel so fortunate to have Patrick here teaching his own unique form of meditation. He plays multiple instruments during the meditation. He focuses on aligning chakras through the frequency of the music. He often starts with reading a passage to set an intention of thought or action in our lives. I've done it several times; all felt very different and meaningful. He teaches Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9-10 a.m. The class is open to the public for $10 per class. Registration is at our hotel reception, and class takes place in our mindfulness studio with a gorgeous view of Taos Mountain.
Tempo: What are the logistical details we need to know, such as parking, entry fee, location.
Naylor: The market will open on Friday night from 5-8 p.m. We'll be serving food and refreshments to attendees and artists. It's a great chance to mingle with the artists, ask questions and shop. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking is free. The market will be held in our Río Grande Ballroom and foyer. (Naylor added that Taos Pueblo itself is offering free admission to locals on weekends through Jan. 7.)
For more information, call (575) 758-3502 or visit elmontesagrado.com.
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