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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 10:51 am, Tue Jan 14, 2014.

Now in its eighth year, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Winter Market, an offshoot of the famous and venerable annual August Santa Fe Indian Market, is “a great way to kick off the holiday season!” says New York City’s Soho artist and longtime Santa Fe Indian Market attendee Nena LeBlanc. “This will be my fifth year attending Winter Market. I have two new grandchildren to buy gifts for this Christmas, so it’s going to be an extra-special visit for me.”

Held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, just a few blocks from the city’s historic Plaza, Winter Market showcases the work of more than 200 Native artists representing tribes from across the United States and Canada. Works include painted, carved and etched hand-coiled pottery and claywork; sand-cast, hand-forged and inlaid traditional and contemporary jewelry and metalwork; as well as stone sculptures coaxed from granite, soapstone, travertine and traditionally processed clay. Also on view are delicately carved and finely detailed katsinas; exquisite weavings; hand-loomed and hand-stitched beadwork; elegant garments made from hand-dyed, hand-painted and silk-screened natural-fiber fabrics and textiles; insightful photography; and a virtual kaleidoscope of vibrant paintings.

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