International art market to draw thousands to New Mexico

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – From fine embroidery to handwoven baskets, the 13th annual International Folk Art Market has something from every corner of the globe.

The market is already the largest of its kind in the world, and organizers say this year will be even bigger, with nearly 200 artists representing several dozen countries.

At a time of global strife, co-founders Judy Espinar and Carmella Padilla are aiming to bring people together to celebrate talent and tradition.

The festivities open Friday evening and run through Sunday on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill. Some 20,000 visitors are expected.

About 850 folk artists from more than 90 countries have participated since the market’s inception. Sales have totaled $23 million – nearly all of which has gone home with the artists to finance countless community improvement projects.

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