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November 2021 Press Highlights

Good Old Fashioned American Craftsmanship,

The Pasatiempo by Jennifer Levin

“Shipping delays are on the horizon for the holiday season, so “shop local” may just be the gift-giving mantra for 2021. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) brings back its in-person Winter Indian Market in time to select some fine art and handmade goods by award-winning Native American artists. Held Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 21, at La Fonda on the Plaza, the market features 150 of SWAIA’s juried Indigenous artists from the 2021 Santa Fe Indian Market in August. The event also includes an online auction.”

Five Things to Do This Weekend

by Maria Manuela for New Mexico Magazine


“Support Indigenous artists at Winter Indian Market, watch New Mexico’s arts stars shine, shop local in Las Cruces, sit with a symphony, and get some fiber.”

SFR Picks- Week of Nov.17

by Alex DeVore for the Santa Fe Reporter



Another Chance

If you missed out on this year’s return to an in-person Indian Market for whatever reason (travel, tickets, time, temperature, etc.), you’ll have another chance to check out work from Indigenous artists in an admittedly more subdued but no less excellent fashion. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Winter Indian Market returns to La Fonda on the Plaza with nearly 200 juried artists you might have caught at the big summer market (or not), a silent auction and more. Whether you’re adding to the collection, looking to catch the next big artist or simply love any massive gathering of intensely talented people, you’re bound to find something worth texting people about. It could be like, “OMG. Just saw most byoo-tee-full art of all time.” And then your friend will be like “K,” but you’ll know it was cool and that makes it worth it. (ADV)



‘I don’t believe in putting myself in a box’ by Kathaleen Roberts

for the Albuquerque Journal


Artist Roberta Begaye


Her life changed after her fiancee asked her to paint a portrait of Muhammad Ali.

“One day I was at work and she said, ‘I have a surprise for you,’ ” Begaye said. “She said, ‘I started a Facebook page for you.’ ”

By 2017, Begaye was taking her artwork seriously, entering the Santa Fe Indian Market.

“I will always remember a specific powerful moment in June 2017, right after a successful art show,” she stated. “My hands had a buzzing feeling. I looked down at my palms and finally acknowledged the Creator’s gift I was given. This wasn’t just doodling.”



Winter Indian Market Returns To Santa Fe November 20 – 21

by Cowboys & Indians Editors

“After last year’s Virtual Winter Market, SWAIA is thrilled to be returning to an in-person market at the historic La Fonda Hotel,” said SWAIA executive director Kim Peone. Approximately 200 of SWAIA’s juried Indigenous artists from the 2021 Santa Fe Indian Market will be featured.

This year’s Winter Indian Market will also include a silent auction to raise funds to support SWAIA’s Indigenous art community.

If you’re there in person, bring an unwrapped present to donate to SWAIA’s holiday gift drive, to be donated to the Santa Fe Indigenous Center.