A Connoisseur’s August in Santa Fe

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  • August 04, 2015

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This Circa 1935 Navajo concho belt “with dangles and embellishments” including 24 charms and 50 beads was called a ”medicine woman’s belt” sold on opening night of Objects of Art, 2014.

A very particular kind of collector attends the three August antique shows in Santa Fe. That collector is looking for treasures of the Old West, and of even more exotic locales: Japan, China, Africa, Indonesia, and more. They crave objects burnished with age, marked with the touch of other hands from another time.  

Collectors flock to Santa Fe each August for the opportunity to see, feel, and perhaps purchase. And all this in gorgeous Santa Fe: adobe buildings, galleries almost everywhere, restaurants with global menus as well as fresh red and/or green chile-based New Mexican food, the Santa Fe Opera, nearby hot springs, neighboring pueblos, museums, auctions…

This 1910-1920 18”-tall Pahlik Mana Hopi kachina was exhibited in 2014 at the Whitehawk Antique Indian Art show by Toby Herbst, Santa Fe.

Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association/ATADA members, art dealers who honor the artistic legacy of indigenous people, will be exhibiting and selling at each of these shows, displaying the highest standard of connoisseurship. See more about ATADA at atada.org. 

Here is ATADA’s guide to the Santa Fe antique shows:

Thursday, August 13

Opening, Whitehawk Antique Ethnographic Art Show,  Convention Center 6-9 PM

Friday, August 14

Whitehawk Antique Ethnographic, Convention Center 10 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, August 15

Whitehawk Antique Ethnographic 10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday, August 16

Opening, Whitehawk Antique Indian Art Show,  Convention Center 6-9 PM

Monday, August 17 

Whitehawk Antique Indian Art Show, Convention Center 10 AM - 5 PM

 Opening, Antique American Indian Art Show, El  Museo, 6-9 PM

Tuesday, August 18 

Whitehawk Antique American Indian Art Show, 10 AM - 5 PM

 Antique American Indian Art Show 11 AM - 6 PM

Wednesday: August 19 

Antique American Indian Art Show 11 AM - 6 PM

Thursday, August 20 

Antique American Indian Art Show 11 AM - 6 PM

If that particular collector arrives a few days before the first antique show, look for him/her The Great Southwestern Antique show at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque for a preview of the Santa Fe shows.  And for something-not-completely-different, that collector attends the Objects of Art at Santa Fe’s El Museo to see a mix of old and new objects from anywhere/everywhere (with, of course, a Santa Fe emphasis).

Great Southwestern Antique Show

New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque  

Saturday, August 8    9 AM  5 PM

 Sunday, August 9      10 AM - 4 PM

Objects of Art

Opens Wednesday, August 12, El Museo, 6 - 9 PM

Then Thursday-Saturday 11 AM - 6 PM

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