April 4, 2003

16th Annual Santa Fe Market Displays Finest Southwestern Art and Handiwork

The best of the Southwest will be on vibrant display when the 16th Annual Santa Fe Market, Friday – Sunday, April 11, 12 and 13, 2003 comes to the Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town State Historic Park.

Native American artisans from Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo tribes will demonstrate and offer their wares including jewelry, textile arts, pottery and more. Weaving demonstrations on traditional looms by Zapotec Indian women from Oaxaca, Mexico will take place in the colorful Bazaar del Mundo courtyard. Market hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.

Specialized Southwestern jewelry artists, including several local San Diegans, using unique materials in contemporary and traditional designs will bring their latest creations for display. Many are returning guests; others are new to Santa Fe Market. Appearing this year will be:

 George Willis: Named “Indian Artist of the Year” in 2000, Willis is a Choctaw Indian, living in Carlsbad. His one-of-a-king rings, pendants and earrings are created with the “lost wax” method.

 Michael A. Cheatham: A Cherokee Indian living in Spring Valley, Cheatham creates bold, stunning sterling jewelry with unusual inlaid materials, including fossilized wooly mammoth tusks and palm plants. Several of his necklaces carry the spirit of the ancestors and are fashioned with hand made silver beads and inlaid precious gems. 

 Tommy Jackson: From Ganado, Arizona, Jackson is well known for his fabulous inlay sterling silver jewelry.

 Wayne Muskett: A Navajo silversmith and lapidarist who comes from a long line of jewelers, Muskett’s silver inlay and gold work is created with only top of the line gems.

 Veronica Yellowhorse and Walter Sloan: This couple combines their Navajo and Hopi bloodlines with their jewelry expertise in creating fresh designs in bold and contemporary styles. Their inlaid jewelry is made with sheet silver and stones such as lapis, sugulite, denim lapis, old turquoise, spiny oyster and charoite.

 Christopher Cates: Thirty years in the jewelry and accessory business and 20 talented silversmiths allow Cates to provide some of the finest Southwestern styles while keeping up with current trends. His collections have appeared in many top fashion magazines. 

 Federico: An accomplished silversmith with loyal fans, Federico is known for unique combinations of turquoise and coral stone set flush in silver, bezel settings. This makes the stones appear larger and gives his work an elegant, contemporary flair.

 Linda Fourfeather: Whimsical and authentic dream catchers, dance sticks, kiva ladders and embellished feathers are her specialties.

Now celebrating its 31st year as one of San Diego’s favorite destinations for food, folklore and fun, the Bazaar del Mundo is in the heart of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at 2754 Calhoun Street, San Diego.

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