“Santa Fe Marketplace at Old Town San Diego’s Bazaar del Mundo, September 20-22
Bazaar del Mundo is San Diego’s prime destination for authentic Native American jewelry, colorful collectibles, creative fashions and unique home décor.
In addition to the merchandise regularly on display at the Shops – which includes stunning collections of Native American jewelry, hand-carved Zuni fetishes, hand-woven Pendleton blankets and Navajo wood folk art – Bazaar del Mundo brings together dozens of the Southwest’s finest artists each year to celebrate their Native American cultures and showcase their art during its Santa Fe Marketplace.
The festival, held September 21-23 for 2018, is a colorful outdoor market featuring Navajo, Cherokee, Hopi, Pima, Isleta Pueblo and Santo Domingo Pueblo creations, presented by tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists demonstrating and selling their art.
Each year features a diverse mix of new and returning artists to the festival. Previous years’ participants include:
•Ronnie Henry – returning
Ronnie specializes in Tufa and sand casting in sterling silver. Ronnie is an internationally known and award winning Navajo jeweler. He learned from his father and mother, silversmith George Henry and Nusie Henry. He shows his work at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Guild Show in Phoenix and the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup, NM.
•Mary Teller & Travis Everett – NEW artists
The Tellers are self taught Navajo artists and live in the Four Corners area. Their work is in sterling silver and 14K gold using navajo basket and and rug designs.
They use turquoise, coral, lapis, charoite and other fine quality stones.
•Two Grey Hills – returning
Rick Richardson started Two Grey Hills over 40 years ago dealing in rugs, pottery, blankets and finally, jewelry. The jewelry is all handmade by Native American silver artisans using real stones. The pieces are designed with the stone in mind and how to enhance its beauty.
•Toney Mitchell – returning artist
Toney has been making jewelry for over 30 years. Toney’s jewelry is well made from heavy silver and is reminiscent of 1970’s Southwest silver. The turquoise, coral and other gemstones that he uses are natural and high quality.
•Federico – returning a celebrity-favorite jewelry designer whose stunning turquoise creations have been worn by Ali McGraw, Christie Brinkley, Elle McPherson and more.
1996 Artist of the Year – Indian Arts and Crafts Assoc
Jesse pursues both Cherokee and other American Indian themes in his acrylic paintings in what he calls ‘intertribal fantasy’. He paints in the traditional style of the Oklahoma native painters which has no shadows, shading or blending of colors; each flat-colored area has an in-lining of a different color and then a dark outline. Jesse did the illustrations for a DVD entitled “A Native American Night Before Christmas” which was nominated for the Best Animated film for 2006 by the American Indian Film Institute.
•Art Quintana – returning pawn dealer
Art is our dealer in pawn. Pawn is jewelry and/or artifacts that were once upon a time sold to a pawn shop and never retrieved by the owner. Art has LOTS of pawn – jewelry from squash blossom necklaces to vintage bracelets, belts, bolos and earrings.
•John Balloue – returning artist – Cherokee
1992 I.A.C.A. Artist of the Year (Indian Arts and Crafts Assoc)
Graduated from the University of Hayward, Ca in 1975 with a B.A. in Art
John’s ‘paintings’ (giclees) are in many private and public collections including the Cherokee Museum, Tahlequah OK; John F. Kennedy Center, Washington DC; SWAIA Indian market, Santa Fe, NM; and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.
•Bill King – returning artist – Southwest Arts
Bill brings the work of Navajo artists and pottery from Mata Ortiz.
•Kim Yubeta: Internationally known jewelry artist
•Anomaly – returning
Offering a huge selection of Southwest inspired hand woven Zapotec rugs, pillows and baskets in glorious colors.
•Veronica Benally – NEW – Navajo artist
Veronica is a traditional Navajo artist – handmade silver and/or gold bracelets with all natural stones. She has been awarded the Best of Show title from the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.
•Ronnie Henry – New contemporary Navajo artist
Ronnie specializes in Tufa and sand casting in sterling silver. Ronnie is an internationally known and award winning Navajo jeweler. He learned from his father and mother, silversmith George Henry and Nusie Henry. He shows his works at the Santa Fe Indian market, the heard Museum guild show in Phoenix and the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial in Gallup, NM.
•Mary Teller & Travis Teller – NEW Navajo jewelry artists
The Tellers are self taught Navajo artists and live in the Four Corners area. Their work is in sterling silver and 14K gold using Navajo basket and rug designs. They incorporate turquoise, coral, lapis, charoite and other fine quality stones.
•Melanie Kirk – Lente & Michael Lente – returning artists from Isleta Pueblo
Melanie has recently taken some traditional Native jewelry into a more contemporary look. Her designs are more abstract and she’s using more non-traditional stones. The daughter of the famed silversmith Andy Lee Kirk, Melanie was educated at the Gemological Institute of American in Carlsbad, CA.
•Al Joe – returning
I.A.C.A. Artist of the Year in 2001 and 2009
Al Joe’s jewelry has a contemporary feel to the traditional Navajo styles. He works in sterling silver and uses had stamping and shadowbox techniques. Al learned his craft from his uncle, Colbert Joe.
•Tommy Jackson – New
Tommy is a Navajo from Chinle, Arizona. He learned silversmithing from his parents – Martha and Gene Jackson. Tommy works in both gold and sterling silver and has won many awards from the Santa Fe Indian market, Heard Museum show in Phoenix and others.
Tommy has been teaching at Wide Ruins Community School. He teaches Navajo children how to read, write in Navajo, their history and culture and some arts and crafts. Some of his former students are now jewelers too.
Bazaar del Mundo is always looking for new artists, jewelers and craftspeople to represent in the Shops and to showcase at its Santa Fe Marketplace. Email Leslie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Janet (email@example.com) with photos and pricing, or contact them at 619-296-3161 for more information. Additional details can be found at www.bazaardelmundo.com.