Christmas Trees Meet Native Art in Santa Fe

Check out a few of the cool ornaments created by Native American artists for the Santa Fe Winter Indian Market 2014.
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This Saturday, when the turkey-induced post-Thanksgiving stupor has fully worn off, visitors to the Santa Fe Winter Indian Market will get a jumpstart on the Christmas season with a touch that organizing body SWAIA is calling the "Festival of Trees." Artists and local businesses have contributed trees with ornaments and other decorations that will be judged by visitors and, on Sunday, auctioned for charity. Below is the full release from SWAIA:

Winter Indian Market brings an inaugural Festival of Trees and benefit concert this Thanksgiving Weekend at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Santa Fe, N.M. (November 24, 2014)— Thanksgiving weekend marks the 9th annual Santa Fe Winter Indian Market. The event features 200 Native artists, live music and dance performance, free gift wrapping, children's activities, and a Saturday evening concert with Iron Horse, award-winning Native musicians Robby Romero and Robert Mirabal. In addition, there will be a silent auction of donated art, gift certificates, airline packages, and holiday trees and there is truly something for everyone.

New to Winter Indian Market this year is a Festival of Trees contest and auction. Beautiful holiday trees have been generously donated by a variety of businesses and individuals. Visitors and artists will participate in a contest to select the best traditional Christmas tree, the best themed tree, and the SWAIA artists' favorite tree.

Ornaments by Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Ellouise Padilla.

Examples of entries include an extraordinary tree donated by Things Finer (200 San Francisco St, Santa Fe), a traditional tree loaded with over $2,000 worth of hand-made, one-of-a-kind ornaments. Rio Grande Jewelry Supply donated the "Jeweler's Dream” tree, a theme tree covered with jewelry-making supplies and set on a special jeweler's stool called an "anvil stump".

Additional trees in the festival include an artistic tree by renowned pueblo potters Dominique Toya and Nancy Younglood, a pair of male/female Cherokee trees donated by La Fonda on the Plaza and decorated by Gwendolyn Grayson of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, as well as trees beautifully decorated and donated by Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, the Hilton Historic Plaza, and Allan Houser Gallery. The trees will be on display throughout the weekend, culminating in an exciting silent auction closing Sunday at 2pm.

Ornament by Navajo artist Monty Claw

Winter Indian Market®, Thanksgiving weekend, November 29-30, Saturday, Nov 29 9a–5p Sunday, Nov 30 10a–5p
Admission: $10 daily / $15 weekend pass. Members and children (under 12) are free.Tickets available at the door.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center. 201 W. Marcy

Iron Horse Benefit Concert & Reception, Sat Nov 29, 5-7, O’Keeffe Ballroom, Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Tickets $15 at the door

For more information, visit SWAIA.org and the SWAIA Facebook page.

Several of the trees being displayed, judged and auctioned at this year's Santa Fe Winter Indian Market.