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Heard Museum Spanish Market is Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 & 9

The Heard Museum Spanish Market: Mercado de las Artes returns this Nov. 8 and 9 to offer an exclusive immersion into the world of Spanish culture and art at the museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

With more than 50 Hispanic artists from Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico and South America, the Spanish Market is set to feature a multitude of works for show and sale, ranging from colorful colcha embroidery to beautiful retablos painted in natural pigments. Art will be available in every price range, with artists and creators readily available to offer insights to those looking to start or grow their Spanish art collections.

The experience will be complemented with strolling mariachis and a menu of Hispanic cuisines prepared by the Courtyard Café. The menu will focus exclusively on Mexican favorites, featuring fresh-made tacos, tortas, posole and more. Visitors will have the option of sitting down to a calm meal at the Café or ordering grab-and-go items in the courtyard while they browse.

This year’s Spanish Market’s featured artist is Dr. Isabelle Collins (Hispanic) of Puebla, Mexico. Collins is a renowned artist and international lecturer on the dynamic history of Majolica and Talavera pottery from its origins in the 9th century through its introduction to Mexico in the 16th century, to the present production of handmade treasures using a 400-year-old technique. Her goal is to preserve the culture and beauty that is associated with colonial Mexican pottery.

Joining Collins this year will be several other well-known Hispanic artists, including jeweler and scrimshander Michelle Tapia; Lydia Quezada Celado de Talavera, the youngest sister of the renowned Juan Quezada of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico (featured in the book, The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art) and multi-talented, award-winning jewelry designer Lawrence Baca of Santa Fe, N.M. Find these latter three artists during the Market in the Heard Museum Shop.

Spanish Market: Mercado de las Artes takes place 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9. Market attendance is free with a suggested donation of $10 for admission to the museum. More information is available at heard.org/event/spanish-market.

Image courtesy of the Heard Museum.