“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 20-22 for 2019, 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:
•Mary & Travis 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.
Eva is a local Kumeyaay native artist. She makes the most beautiful and unusual baskets.
•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 artist
Federico’s brother, Juan Jimenez will be here representing Federico; he will bring the line of jewelry straight from Indian market in Santa Fe.
•Veronica and Ernest Benally
Veronica is a traditional Navajo artist – handmade silver and/or gold with natural stones. She has been awarded the Best of Show title from the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.
•Justin Lomatewama – NEW artist – Hopi kachina carver
•Myles Roy Calladitto – NEW Navajo artist
Myles is a young, third generation Navajo jewelry artist. he learned his craft from his father. Myles can often be found selling his jewelry outside the Palace of Govenors in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His hallmark in MRC.
•Squash Blossom Trading Company – returning
Local trading post is once again bring Native American vintage and antique items.
•Billy Jaramillo – returning artist
•Roberta and Emerson Luther – returning artists
Navajo jewelry artists
In 1997, Michael was awarded the Indian Arts and Crafts Assoc. Artist of the Year title. He and his wife Melanie, are recognized leaders in the Contemporary native jewelry scene.
•Priscilla Nieto and Harvey Abeyta – returning artists
Priscilla and Harvey grew up and live in the community of Santo Domingo. They both create necklaces and jewelry from hand cut stones and shell. Their 5 children also help in the family business. Priscilla learned her skills from her parents and she remembers techniques that were used before power tools were available, like hand sanding beads on pieces of sandstone. Priscilla writes: “I just want to pass on what I’ve learned from my parents and share it with others. what really matters is how you learned, how you pass it on and the look in someone’s eye. it feels good. It has good energy.”
•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.
•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.
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.