The historic and elegant La Fonda on the Plaza hotel is the setting for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts’ (SWAIA) “Winter Market,” which presents 135 creative Native artists from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Among the participating artists at this mid-December weekend event are jewelers Victoria Adams and Allen Aragon, painter Nocona Burgess, photographer Zoe Urness and basket weaver Kelly Church.
“Winter Market” opens the evening of Friday, December 16 with a celebratory preview of the show and early bird shopping. Guests will enjoy a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment while getting a first look at a broad array of Native arts and crafts that will be on display through Sunday, December 18.
More than a dozen Christmas trees adorned with hand-painted ornaments will be part of a silent auction to benefit SWAIA, a non-profit organization that has been promoting and presenting Native arts to the community for 95 years. The auction also will feature original artworks and other one-of-a-kind creations.
Winter Market used to take place during the Thanksgiving weekend. “The feedback from artists regarding the change in date has been positive,” explains SWAIA’s chief operating officer Dallin Maybee. “They were happy to get their Thanksgiving weekend back.” This is an added “plus” for discriminating shoppers who will be able to purchase distinctive gifts in time for Christmas.
Tickets are available online or at the door.