47 Third Street in Historic Monument was the place to be on this Fourth of July. It was the site for Secret Window’s 1st Annual Indian Market and Tribal Exposition. The event started with a private show on Sunday evening for invited guests, and continued on Monday July 4. Artisans representing the Hopi, Zuni, Santa Clara, Taos, San Ildefonso and Navajo tribes brought authentic handmade jewelry, baskets, drums, pottery, and paintings to the Monument market. Lane Jensen, and The Yellow House Dancers from Arizona, provided entertainment with their Native American dances which featured their champion hoop dancer Tyrese.
The market was similar in style to the one held at the Palace of the Governor in Santa Fe. “We wanted to keep the market authentic with the focus on the art and artist talent” said Anthony Archuleta, owner of Secret Window Fine Art Gallery. “It is important to preserve the integrity and authenticity of the artists and the work they create.” Well known artists such as Preston & Debra Duwyenie, Andrew & Judith Harvier, Barbara Gonzales (granddaughter of famous potter Maria Martinez) Caven Gonzales, Glen & Opal Paquin Michael Martinez, George Toya, Caren Gala, and Bobby Bales were among the artists that were represented at this year’s event. “We were very fortunate to have artists that have their art in the Smithsonian attend our market. These artists are highly sought after and are extremely hard to secure, and it does help when they are your friends and now family” Archuleta said. “People buy jewelry not knowing who the artist was or where it came from. Indian Market gives the buyer a chance to talk directly with the artist and often times will hear the story about the inspiration behind each one-of-a-kind piece, and appreciate the culture and history each artist brings to the show”
The crowd seemed to enjoy and appreciate it as well. Many local residents usually make a trip to Santa Fe or Taos to seek out turquoise jewelry, or pottery, but now they have another option. Secret Window plans on making this an annual event for Monument and will expand it even more next year by including additional artisans, entertainment, and food.
The Secret Window Fine Art Gallery at 47 Third Street showcases many disciplines of artwork by local and national artists. The combination of media creates an experience the touches all the senses. unique challenges and aesthetic needs of each client, from those who are new to collecting and purchasing a single work to the experienced collector or corporation building a large collection.
We specialize in helping build collections that reflect the client’s personal taste and we pride ourselves on being able to obtain virtually any work of art, whether or not it’s in our current inventory. Our clients both private and corporate seek out art work that enhances and makes an enriching contribution to their quality of life.
We invite you to explore the gallery for further information.
Anthony & Rhoda, We would like to thank you and everyone at Secret Window for the warm welcome and kind hospitality. Our summer travels have ended, but we have not forgotten the wonderful experience. We are grateful you have welcomed our family, and especially excited you have given us the opportunity to share our cultural interpretations of the American Indian culture. We appreciate all you have done, and all that you will continue to do, in helping us carry on our tradition. Ah Yah Eh Lane Jensen & The Yellow House Dancers» View Comment
In 1879, an adobe dwelling was built east of the San Juan Bautista church as a casa de cura, rectory for Jesuit Priests of the Society of Jesus. Later, it served as a convento, con...vent for the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross. The last remaining wall of this dwelling has been preserved as a monument dedicated to the courageous Hispano people who settled in La Garita and to the Priests and Sisters that supported them in their Catholic faith. It is also dedicated to the Penitentes who helped keep the Catholic faith alive in the absence of priests during the early settlement.This monument was a gift to the San Juan Catholic Community and is a place of remembrance and contemplative prayer for all who visit. The walls that support and surround the original adobe wall were constructed from approximately 1,500 adobes and dirt from the collapsed walls.» View Comment
The Baptism of Jesus by Saint John the Baptist painting is "true fresco", which was painted by A.T. Archuleta created with a technique in which natural pigment is applied to wet plaster where the pigments become embedded in the plaster/rock. The image depicts the baptism of Christ as it would have been if it would have occurred in the San Luis Valley. Since there are no major lakes or rivers in the Valley, Christ would have had access to only a small stream of water typical of what is found in the San Luis Valley.» View Comment
I was taken away with this artwork. A.T. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us and share your inspiration. Please let me know when you have fresco on panel available. My wife and i felt like we were in Santa Fe when we walked through the gallery. Continued success.» View Comment