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IFAM 2015: Preview and Gallery of Participating Artists [15 Images]

A look at what's happening at the 2015 Indigenous Fine Art Market, plus 15 images of artwork by participants.

After a successful inaugural event in 2014, Indigenous Fine Art Market is gearing up for its second year inside Santa Fe’s revitalized Railyard District. IFAM 2015, taking place August 20-22, is a juried art show and includes the highest quality artwork featuring Indigenous artists from around the globe. More than 400 artists will be attending; participants include Patricia Michaels, Jesse Monongye, Darryl Dean and Rebecca Begay, J. Nicole Hatfield, Ric Charlie, Evelyn Fredericks and Vernon Haskie; a full roster of artist will be available on the event's website (indigefam.org) in the near future. IFAM is still waiting on artists to confirm travel plans but Indigenous Artists from as far away as Canada’s First Nations, Sami from Scandinavia, Maori from New Zealand, Ainu from Japan and Mayan artists have been juried in.

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"There is a fantastic energy and vitality present with our Indigenous Fine Art Market and it is emblematic of the Native Pride phenomena that is taking place throughout Indian Country and the world," says IFAM President John Tores Nez. "Our show is a celebration for the artist and visitor alike."

IFAM will also feature performances by Native hip hop, rock and blues bands, traditional music and dance, film, spoken word, skateboarding exhibitions, installation art, performance art, mural painting, youth art, and literary booths. IFAM’s events will create a greater understanding of the diversity and beauty of Native American culture and people as they evolve and exist today. Most activities will take place in the Railyard Park and that’s where the Performance Stage will be.

Festivities start on Wednesday August 19 at 8pm, with the IFAM Launch Glow Party, produced by DJ Brian Frejo of Culture Shock Camp and Warren Montoya of Rezonate Productions; the Launch event will be held inside The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion. REZONATE is an Albuquerque based art crew and they’ve done exciting things at the new Railyards at Albuquerque with Creative Frequencies - fashions by Beyond Buckskin, live art events by Yatika Fields and Randy Barton and Native DJs and performers.

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The IFAM Art Festival & Celebration will run from Thursday August 20 to Saturday August 22 in the Santa Fe Railyard Park, some booths will be in Farmers Market again this year, and there will be more parking behind Warehouse 21. The Santa Fe Railyard IFAM Stage will feature a concert Friday evening by Brian Frejo/Culture Shock Camp; all other stage and pop-up performances will be produced by Emergence Productions; all Santa Fe Railyard Film programs will be at The Jean Cocteau Theater. IFAM is currently looking for major sponsorships of all kinds for the stages, programming, facilities, and events. To discuss sponsorships, contact John Torres Nez at john@indigefam.org

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The City of Santa Fe has not yet fully realized the new Railyard District, but events like IFAM will define the future, especially in the under-utilized Railyard Park. IFAM is essentially the biggest annual event in the 7 years tenure of the Railyard, since the Farmers Market Institute built their green-certified Pavilion. The Farmers Market area sees thousands of people every week, and is one of the best reviewed “Biggest Small” markets in the country. The Railyard Park and Farmers Market area have hosted local heroes Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, the African music Fela-Fest, and Zydeco, Blues and Roots music bands have held outdoors shows. Long-time local producer Jamie Lenfesty’s Heath Productions is able to hold free shows and free outdoor movies that are sponsored by local organizations.

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Modern looking buildings house contemporary art galleries; SITE Santa Fe is a major contemporary art space; Warehouse 21 is a busy youth center; the After Hours Alliance hosts the AHA Progressive Art Festival; El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe serves as a community center that hosts local events and national modern Design shows, and Antiquities shows. The Gay Pride Parade started in the Railyard and the Occupy Movement camp was the longest allowed camp in the country. There are many excellent restaurants in the Railyard and Guadalupe Districts, like the NY-LA trendy Cowgirl BBQ with pool hall. There is a City Parking Garage which is always good to know in Santa Fe. George RR Martin’s Jean Cocteau Theatre is small, but acts as a big cinema art house; and now there’s the brand new Violet Crown cinema house.

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For continuing IFAM social media updates: indigefam.org and facebook.com/indigefam.

Alex Jacobs
Santa Fe NM
7/10/2015

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