Spanish Colonial Arts Society

Spanish Colonial Arts Society Welcome to the official page for the Spanish Colonial Arts Society that includes the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Spanish Market! Here you will find event reminders, notices, artists notes, featured art, workshop information and recaps of our various events from our body of programs.
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This includes our annual Spanish Market and Winter Market, education programs and Museum happenings.

This includes our annual Spanish Market and Winter Market, education programs and Museum happenings.

Mission: The Spanish Colonial Arts Society's mission is to preserve and promote the history, artifacts and artisans of the Spanish Colonial Arts.

Operating as usual

07/01/2020

We are preparing to open our exhibit galleries, collections, storage, and research library by appointment only once allowed by the state using COVID Safe Practices and any other state recommended guidelines.

We will continue to provide updates as they are available.

03/22/2020

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is closed until further notice to support the effort to contain COVID-19. The health and safety of our staff, visitors and the community is of highest importance to us. Stay tuned.

Another high level of craftsmanship and innovative design by Victor Goler. It is always a pleasure to feature Victor’s u...
02/07/2020

Another high level of craftsmanship and innovative design by Victor Goler. It is always a pleasure to feature Victor’s unique pieces in our museum’s exhibition.
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‘The Holy Family: Cruising Heaven / La Sagrada Familia: Paseando en el cielo,’ created with wood, gesso, and paint.
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Engaging with the works of art in our new exhibition is a meaningful and lasting experience. Trails, Rails, and Highways...
02/06/2020

Engaging with the works of art in our new exhibition is a meaningful and lasting experience. Trails, Rails, and Highways takes museum visitors on a deeply personal journey, one that traces these encounters and marks the impact on materials, style, and design brought about by the exchange of goods and ideas along the trails.

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‘The Protectors / Los Protectores’ by Arlene Cisneros Sena -Created with wood, gesso, paint, pine sap varnish and metal....
02/05/2020

‘The Protectors / Los Protectores’ by Arlene Cisneros Sena -
Created with wood, gesso, paint, pine sap varnish and metal. .
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Any piece by Nick Otero is bound to be phenomenal. This amazing creation resides in our museum's exhibit, “Trails, Rails...
02/03/2020

Any piece by Nick Otero is bound to be phenomenal. This amazing creation resides in our museum's exhibit, “Trails, Rails, and Highways.” Experience the collection today.

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Get the chance to explore and learn about the Camino Real in the museum’s new exhibit Trails, Rails and Highways. -The C...
01/31/2020

Get the chance to explore and learn about the Camino Real in the museum’s new exhibit Trails, Rails and Highways.
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The Camino Real de Tierra Adentro from Mexico City to Santa Fe officially opened in 1598 when Don Juan de Oñate and 129 soldiers, their families and native servants, forged their way north, using Native trails, to establish the first Spanish speaking settlement in New Mexico. From 1598, the Camino Real was the main route of communication between the colonial province of New Mexico and the Viceregal government in New Mexico. Over this route came people and goods from all of Spain’s vast empire — from Mexico and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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Christ Crucified by Jose Benito Ortega - While the railroad diminished much of the demand for locally produced santos, a...
01/30/2020

Christ Crucified by Jose Benito Ortega - While the railroad diminished much of the demand for locally produced santos, a few artists found work creating Passion figures for the Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus the Nazarene, locally known as the Penitentes. A ceremonial focus for the Brotherhood, or Hermandad, is the re-enactment of the Passion of Christ during Holy Week. For this they needed large if not life sized images of Christ.

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Visit the new Trails, Rails, and Highways exhibition to experience the transformation of art in New Mexico. ..#MoSCA #sp...
01/29/2020

Visit the new Trails, Rails, and Highways exhibition to experience the transformation of art in New Mexico.
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The Holy Family / La Sagrada Familia by Ramon Jose Lopez, National Heritage Fellow -Made with vegetal and mineral pigmen...
01/28/2020

The Holy Family / La Sagrada Familia by Ramon Jose Lopez, National Heritage Fellow
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Made with vegetal and mineral pigments (amaigre, clay, indigo, terre verde, yellow ochre) on tanned buffalo hide and deer sinew.
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'Holy Restraint' / 'Santa Restriccion'By Arthur Lopéz ..#MoSCA #spanishcolonialmuseum #santafemuseum #spanishcolonialart...
01/27/2020

'Holy Restraint' / 'Santa Restriccion'
By Arthur Lopéz

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'Treasure Box’ / ‘Caja de Tesoros’ by Martha Varos Ewing ..#MoSCA #spanishcolonialmuseum #santafemuseum #spanishcolonial...
01/24/2020

'Treasure Box’ / ‘Caja de Tesoros’
by Martha Varos Ewing

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Support the museum today by purchasing a piece of art the museum’s shop! Your museum purchase benefits the artist and co...
01/23/2020

Support the museum today by purchasing a piece of art the museum’s shop! Your museum purchase benefits the artist and contributes to the expansion of resources and events the Society provides such as our website, exhibitions, and presentations as well as maintain and improve the museum facilities.

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A jacket that represents the style of a colonial period in 1945. ..#MoSCA #spanishcolonialmuseum #santafemuseum #spanish...
01/22/2020

A jacket that represents the style of a colonial period in 1945.

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It’s amazing to see the detail on a straw applique art piece. Visit the museum to explore some of our favorite straw pie...
01/21/2020

It’s amazing to see the detail on a straw applique art piece. Visit the museum to explore some of our favorite straw pieces.
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‘Flowers of Easter’ / ‘Flores de Pascua’ by Lenise Lujan-Martinez. Made with wood, paint, and straw.
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Discover wonderful art pieces at the museum.  - Saint Francis of Assisi / San Francisco de Asis by Gloria Lopéz Cordova ...
01/20/2020

Discover wonderful art pieces at the museum.
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Saint Francis of Assisi / San Francisco de Asis by Gloria Lopéz Cordova

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This new exhibition explores the impact of historic trails (Native American trails, the Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail,...
01/17/2020

This new exhibition explores the impact of historic trails (Native American trails, the Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail, the Railroad, and Rt. 66) on the traditional arts through the importation of prints and paintings, new materials, and new styles, from the colonial period through the early 20th century.

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A straw applique masterpiece.-‘By Way of the Cross’ / ‘Por el Camino de la Cruz’ by Jean Anaya Moya. Made with wood, pai...
01/16/2020

A straw applique masterpiece.
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‘By Way of the Cross’ / ‘Por el Camino de la Cruz’ by Jean Anaya Moya. Made with wood, paint, straw and leather.

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Every painting has a story behind it...-Saint Isidore / San Isidro by Belarimo Esquibel ..#MoSCA #spanishcolonialmuseum ...
01/15/2020

Every painting has a story behind it...
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Saint Isidore / San Isidro by Belarimo Esquibel

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Have you had a chance to visit the Trails, Rails and Highways exhibit? The exhibit includes a gallery of contemporary wo...
01/14/2020

Have you had a chance to visit the Trails, Rails and Highways exhibit? The exhibit includes a gallery of contemporary works that illustrates how today’s artists navigate the difficult ground between tradition and innovation to create unique artistic expressions.
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Silk Shawl / Manton de Manilla -In 1565 Spain established trade with Asia by finding a route across the Pacific from Aca...
01/13/2020

Silk Shawl / Manton de Manilla
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In 1565 Spain established trade with Asia by finding a route across the Pacific from Acapulco, Mexico to the Philippines. Once the Camino Real was established, Asian goods such as embroidered silk shawls from China — as well as porcelain, kimonos, and ivories — made their way from the Manila Galleon trade to the remote northern frontier in New Mexico.

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Animal Orchestra / Orquesta de Animales by Jose Dolores Lopez -Lopez, who had been making traditional painted santos, be...
01/10/2020

Animal Orchestra / Orquesta de Animales by Jose Dolores Lopez
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Lopez, who had been making traditional painted santos, began creating whimsical wood carvings in response to a new market. His style of unpainted wood, often decorated with fine chip-carving, is known today as the Cordova style.
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St. Isidore the Farmer / San Isidro Labrador-Although most of New Mexico’s traditional arts are associated with northern...
01/09/2020

St. Isidore the Farmer / San Isidro Labrador
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Although most of New Mexico’s traditional arts are associated with northern communities, there is evidence of both an active santero tradition and tinsmithing in southern New Mexico. First settled in the late 1600s, Socorro was abandoned during the Pueblo Revolt and was not resettled until about 1800. From 1867 to 1890 the town was the center of one of the country’s richest mining districts. This bulto is similar in style to others collected in the Chihuahua-Mesilla area.

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Artist Luis Tapia always delivers magnificent art creations that are unique.  - Doña Sebastiana Relaxes after a Hard Day...
01/08/2020

Artist Luis Tapia always delivers magnificent art creations that are unique.
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Doña Sebastiana Relaxes after a Hard Day at the Office/ Doña Sebastiana descansa después de un dia dificil en la oficina by Luis Tapia. Made with wood, gesso and paint.

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Our new exhibit is now open! Trails, Rails and Highways is a fresh take on New Mexico’s multi-cultural heritage. This ex...
01/07/2020

Our new exhibit is now open! Trails, Rails and Highways is a fresh take on New Mexico’s multi-cultural heritage. This exhibit will help visitors experience some wonderful and historic pieces in a new light.

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A colorful canvas.-Our Lady of Sorrows / Nuestra Señora de los Dolores by Krissa Maria LopezMade with pine wood, natural...
01/06/2020

A colorful canvas.
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Our Lady of Sorrows / Nuestra Señora de los Dolores by Krissa Maria Lopez
Made with pine wood, natural pigments and traditional gesso.

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‘Guardian Angel’ by youth artist Renee Lopez is truly an original and breathtaking piece of Spanish Market art...#MoSCA ...
12/30/2019

‘Guardian Angel’ by youth artist Renee Lopez is truly an original and breathtaking piece of Spanish Market art.

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My Favorite Place / Mi Querencia’ - Regina Cata & Anita Gonzales-Anita Gonzales won a blue ribbon for her colcha work at...
12/29/2019

My Favorite Place / Mi Querencia’ - Regina Cata & Anita Gonzales
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Anita Gonzales won a blue ribbon for her colcha work at the 1933 Spanish Market and was a long time member of the Society. Regina Cata, an Hispana, married a man from Ohkay Owingeh where she set up crafts club meetings to train people in the Traditional arts and helped to revive the local Native American pottery tradition. Learn more at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
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Roses of Guadalupe / Rosas de Guadalupe🌹by Wood Artist Federico Prudencio and Embroidery Artist Annette Gutierrez-Turk.....
12/27/2019

Roses of Guadalupe / Rosas de Guadalupe🌹
by Wood Artist Federico Prudencio and Embroidery Artist Annette Gutierrez-Turk
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Our youth are carrying art forms into the future. Support these youth artists by visiting the youth gallery at the museu...
12/26/2019

Our youth are carrying art forms into the future. Support these youth artists by visiting the youth gallery at the museum for a chance to see demonstrations of retablos and more.
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Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday! Have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year! We will be closed Christmas ...
12/24/2019

Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday! Have a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year! We will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day due to the holidays.

Oratory of Saint Isidore the Laborer by James M. Cordova-This jaw dropping piece was created with cottonwood, pine wood,...
12/23/2019

Oratory of Saint Isidore the Laborer by James M. Cordova
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This jaw dropping piece was created with cottonwood, pine wood, gesso, water-based pigments, and piñon sap varnish. Visit the new exhibit for a chance to experience some wonderful and historic pieces in a new light. Open until Fall 2020.

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"D I V I N E.✨-A handmade filigree piece of jewelry. In the 19th century, New Mexico was probably the only place in the ...
12/20/2019

"D I V I N E.✨
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A handmade filigree piece of jewelry. In the 19th century, New Mexico was probably the only place in the country producing handmade filigree jewelry. The technique of Filigree work, using fine gold or silver wire, was perfected by Islamic silversmiths in Spain and the artform was then brought to the Americas.

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This is a stunning piece to see in person and we couldn't be more pleased to have it part of our new exhibit. -‘Candy St...
12/19/2019

This is a stunning piece to see in person and we couldn't be more pleased to have it part of our new exhibit.
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‘Candy Store / La Tienda de Dulces’ by Lisa Trujillo
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An outstanding piece of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel by Christine Montano Carey available at the Museum shop!..#MoSCA #spanish...
12/18/2019

An outstanding piece of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel by Christine Montano Carey available at the Museum shop!
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Address

750 Camino Lejo • Museum Hill
Santa Fe, NM
87505

General information

A small band of dedicated artisans still practice those arts today using the traditional methods and regional materials of the New Mexican landscape. Some of the best of their work is featured in the internationally recognized Traditional Spanish Market and Winter Market held annually in Santa Fe, NM Their are so many ways to get involved. Please visit our website for more ways to aid our mission!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(505) 982-2226

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Is there a site to purchase posters feom past markets?
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To all my beloved artists, known and unknowns, met and unmet, acquainted or not, God bless you!!!...have a great and successful Market 2018!...to the SCAS and MoSCA keep up with the good work!
Today, on ESPEJOS DE AZTLÁN show/KUNM Radio, at 7pm: interview with artist José A. Lucero, called as a Picasso santero, hosted by Cristina Baccin. We´ll converse with him about his unique approach "Cubista A La Nuevomexicana" to this traditional art. Mr. José A. Lucero will exhibit at the 67th Annual Traditional Spanish Market this weekend (28-29 July, Santa Fe Plaza, NM). Listen to the PODCAST here:
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Arturo Olivas was born on September 10, 1958 at Seaview Hospital in Long Beach, California. He was the third of five children born to Elisa Alva and Jose Natividad Olivas, both natives of El Paso, Texas. Arturo was raised in Wilmington, California, the heart of the harbor, and attended Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School from 1964 to 1971. He went on to Dodson Junior High School in San Pedro, California from 1971 to 1973. He attended Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington from 1973 to 1976. In 1976 Arturo graduated from Banning High School and attended Yale University from 1976 to 1979. Arturo attended UCLA from 1980 to 1984 and received his BA in history in 1984 and his masters of education in 1985. In 1984 he met his longtime companion Christopher Gibson. Arturo began his teaching career with the Los Angeles Unified School district in 1985 where he taught at Gompers Junior High School from 1985 to 1986 and Budlong Avenue Elementary School from 1987 to 1997. He taught at Mira Costa High School from 1986 to 1987 (Redondo Union School District). In 1997 he and Christopher moved to New Mexico where Arturo taught for 14 years at the following schools: 1997-2001, bilingual teacher at Rio Rancho Elementary school, Colinas del Norte Elementary School, and Enchanted Hills Elementary School. He taught bilingual education at Puesta del Sol Elementary School from 2001 to 2011. In September of 2011 Arturo was diagnosed with Stage IV non small cell lung cancer. He went on medical leave for 3 months after his diagnosis and then officially retired in December 2011. Arturo belonged to the Spanish Colonial Art Society from 1994 to 2017 and exhibited his work in the annual summer Spanish market. He was a foundation member of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and founding member of the NHCCNM Arts Community where he and Christopher taught art workshops together from 1997 to 2017. Arturo was a registered member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish where he served as CCD teacher, Confirmation teacher, RCIA and Adult Catechesis teacher and member of the parish council. He also wrote the guide to A Tour of the Sacred Art of Our Lady of Fatima Church. He was admitted to the Secular Franciscan Order on September 23, 2007 and made his permanent profession in March of 2010. He served the Franciscan Fraternity of St Anthony as servant minster from 2012 to 2015. Arturo died on November 18, 2017.He is survived by his long-time companion Christopher Gibson; his father Jose N. Olivas; brother Joe, sisters Beatrice, Annamaria and Marina, and 16 nephews, nieces, and great nephews and nieces.
Can someone tell me what the quotes are in the room where Frida is falling deeper in to her last illness? The two quotes were great and I cant remember them 😞
Tonight (now) on Fox (Ch 13 on Comcast), Chad Brummett will be presenting Legendary New Mexico on Faith and art. I will have a brief interview. They will have encore presentations on this and the other sister channels throughout the weekend.