Winter Market to host 40-plus artisans


If you haven't found the perfect gift yet and you want to support local Taoseños, you can do both at the 3rd annual Winter Market scheduled Saturday (Dec. 16), 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe gymnasium.

More than 40 artisans will be at the market with their pottery, weavings, paintings, sculpture, leather works and baked goods.

The event was started by master baker Alexandra Rose, who sells her baked items at the market.

"It's fun and the people get a sense of community," said Pete Rose, Alexandra's husband and event helper.

Vendors pay a flat $25 fee for their booth space and keep all profits above that.

"Most of these people wouldn't have a venue without the market," said art dealer Pete Rose. Vendors at the market will offer for sale furniture, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, books, soaps, cards, healing creams and loads of prize-winning baked goods from blue corn tamales to pastries. A local guitarist will keep the scene lively with music as visitors wander among the stalls pondering the many items to choose from.

Among the vendors are Henrietta Gomez with her blue corn tamales, Dick Ergas with vintage Indian jewelry, Charles Acuna with stone knives and bows and arrows, Frana's alpaca wool, Dana Blair with her special teas, Geronimo with his horno breads, Alexandra Rose with her prize-winning pastries, Pepe's Salsa, Cindy Stone with her herbal remedies for arthritis and insomnia, Fidel Garcia with his copper jewelry, Marie Claire Maurice with her micaceous jewelry, Juan Madrid's bolo ties, Diane Eger's silver jewelry, Mike Coleman's leather belts, Leigh Gusterson's paintings of local scenes, Kathy Morsell's pottery, Adrian Tann's Persian rugs, Mose's and Cameron's handmade furniture, Eli Meyer's Christmas wreaths with mistletoe, and many others.