We immediately make plans to go, but due to the lateness we are forced to find lodging in Taos. There just was no "room in the inn" so to speak. If you have never gone to the Indian Market which has been in existence for 91 years, you need to put it on your bucket list. There is truly no way to describe the gathering of Indians from all over the United States displaying their creations. Each one is more exquisite than the last as one walks along taking in the sights and sounds. It is surely a treat just watching the people, many of whom are walking works of art themselves. I must warn you to reserve a room early and plan to visit the market several times, taking siestas as time allows, or you'll never get through the whole thing. There were 1100 exhibitors this year and we only got through maybe one-third of them. It was indeed a marvelous experience and we hope to return next year and take in more of the exhibits or at least see some of those we missed this year.
Not having all the information, we arrive on Friday to rows of empty booths. As we were driving along the highway, I had told Doug since I didn't have Tommye's booth number we would probably just walk up and see her almost immediately. We discover that the market really doesn't start until 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, but decide to do a little exploring and Doug wanted to take pictures of the set up before the crowd arrived on Saturday anyway. As we are walking along, I look over at a pick up truck and some people setting up tables in a booth. Believe it or not, it is Tommye and her friends! We had a grand reunion not having seen her since the Fort Worth, Texas Stock Show and Rodeo.
|Tommye Tonips and Sac Brown setting up the booth|
|Tommye Tonips and Carla happy to see each other again|
|Booths as far as the eye can see the day before market opens|
|Each booth has a sign with the artist name, Indian tribe and classification|
|We ate lunch here on Friday before heading on to Taos|
|This is just a sample of the marvelous architecture in Santa Fe|
|Doug just had to get a shot of this sign advertising the event|
|This is called "Morning Water" an unfinished work by Gordon Tonips|
|Left is "Mesa Verde" and right is "The Water Jar " by Gordon Tonips|
|Tommye's dear friends and helpers Fox and Sac Brown|
|This is "Geronimo" a creator of excellent pottery, in booth next to Tommye's|
|Tommye and I visiting before Doug and I head off to other booths|
|A little flavor of the crowd and it's still early.|
|This is an exquisite creation with a $1000 price tag on it and worth every penny!|
|Carla with Lindsey Renea Shakespeare, photographer and soft sculpture artist|
|Isn't this stunning metal work?|
|Of course, I had to have a shot of the lady with the parrot on her head!|
|This gentleman makes and plays flutes. He was quite entertaining.|
|I was fascinated by this smooth pink fish.|
|This is part fish, part man eating a fish-a fantasy creation|
|One last pass through Tommye's booth before we leave|
|Jaque Fragua just placed his canvas over some plastic on the wall and began creating|
By 11:00 a.m. the swaths of color were beginning to form a pueblo landscape on his canvas. As more people stopped to watch the process, Fragua said they were responding to the energy of his work. "I'm trying to find some sacred energy in this space that's so commercial," he said.
Beals and Abbate Fine Art Sponsored Fragua's painting as well as other creations around town, all for the sake of adding something new to Indian Market according to curator Jacob Martinez.
Thanks to Doug for the great photography.
This is all I have to say for now.