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Beltrán-Kropp Collection of Peruvian Colonial Art


WINDOW ON LIMA is an exhibit that is as much about people as it is about objects. It is about an extraordinary Peruvian, who was fiercely passionate about his country, and his equally extraordinary American wife, who shared his passion for her adopted country. And it is about their good friend and executor, who wanted their story told.

Blue on Blue: Indigo and Cobalt in New Spain

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The color blue has always held a special place in history. The color of both water and sky, it is no wonder that its symbolism reverberates through time and space. Among the pre-Columbian Maya, blue was the color of Chaak, the rain god, and of human sacrifice. In classical Rome, blue eyes were considered demonic and blue was associated with death and the underworld. In China, blue has long represented immortality. Among the Navajo, blue is the color of South, one of the four sacred directions. Blue Lake in Taos is a lake sacred to the Taos Pueblo Indians. Blue has long been the color of the Virgin Mary’s mantle, symbolizing her virtue.  Today, blue is often used to signify spirituality and contemplation. If our mood is blue, we may “sing the blues.” We have blue jeans, blue grass music, blue collar workers, blue bloods--it is a versatile color.


The Art of Spanish Market 1965-2005


Since its incorporation in 1929, the mission of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society has been to collect, preserve, and exhibit the Spanish Colonial art of New Mexico and beyond, and to educate the public about its related cultures and living traditions. By 1929 the Society, informally founded in 1925, had already sponsored an annual Spanish Market for three years, the result of a commitment to support the artistic growth of Hispano artists working in traditional art forms, and, perhaps more importantly, to create a venue for marketing their work. After a hiatus beginning in the 1930s, Spanish Market was revived in 1965 and has been an annual event since that time. Held the last full weekend of July on Santa Fe's plaza, it is the largest exhibition and sale of Hispano arts in the country, attracting over 40,000 visitors who come not only to purchase work, but to celebrate the Hispano art and culture of New Mexico.