Above: Start your holiday shopping at the Winter Indian Market at La Fonda on the Plaza. Photograph by Gabriella Marks.
1 Support Indigenous artists at Winter Indian Market.
Native artists show their works at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe this weekend. A smaller version of the big event that happens every summer, Winter Indian Market is packed with gift options—and will undoubtedly make you want to treat yourself.
“We have about 150 artists that are going to be attending,” says Kim Peone, executive director at Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. “We are still definitely rebounding from what we endured over the past year. I ask that people come out and support these Native artists, because that’s what this is all about.”
The winter market includes a silent auction, the proceeds of which benefit SWAIA’s Indigenous artist community. Tickets are $10 each day, or $15 for a two-day pass.
2 Watch New Mexico’s arts stars shine.
Cozy up on the couch and watch the virtual New Mexico Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts on Saturday at 7 p.m. This year’s honorees include Edward “Gus” Foster, Ricardo Caté (Santo Domingo), Susan Contreras, David Grusin, Kathleen Wall (Jemez), gallupARTS, and the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts.
“Artists didn’t stop last year, even when most everything we love was canceled or postponed by the virus,” says Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in a press release. “So many incredible artists rose to meet the moment, finding great inspiration in challenging times, tapping into a wellspring of creativity and resilience that reflects the best of us, reminding us that the darkest moments are often where we find what we’re made of and discover and re-discover what we are capable of as a people. To have the opportunity to celebrate the unique talents of these incredible artists and supporters of the arts is a joy —they represent the very best of the Land of Enchantment.”
Watch the always inspiring awards ceremony—which has honored legends from Georgia O’Keeffe to Robert Redford—via the New Mexico Arts website.
3 Shop local.
For the seventh time, Home Grown: A New Mexico Food Show and Gift Market takes over the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum this weekend. A celebration of local food and makers, the market offers a great chance to check off your gift list while supporting local businesses. “This is an ideal place to start holiday shopping,” says Craig Massey, head of media relations at the museum. “It’s a great opportunity to see, sample, and buy New Mexico products.”
The show happens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect an array of goodies made by around 45 culinary and visual artists.
4 Get some fiber.
Head to the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe this weekend to see awesome works and find unique gifts by more than 25 local fiber artists at the Fall Fiber Fiesta. Hosted by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, the offerings include Shibori handwarmers, felted vases, knitted and crocheted shawls, plush toys, wool rugs, baskets, pillows, and more. On Friday night, an opening gala offers live music and a first look at the handcrafted goods on offer. If you can’t make it, shop a selection of fiber works online.
5 Sit with a symphony.
The talent of Ukrainian pianist Tetiana Shafran takes center stage on Saturday at 6 p.m., when she appears for the New Mexico Philharmonic’s Popejoy Classics concert series. A program of Debussy, Ravel, Schubert, Fauré, and Liszt bathes Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall in classical music in this pre-Thanksgiving concert.
Shafran, who has been playing piano since she was three years old, has won competitions around the world. The program includes Schubert’s moving “Unfinished” Symphony, first performed in 1865.