Albuquerque’s Weems International Artfest



painting of people riding horses at Weems International Artfest



Art lovers, rejoice! When you’re visiting Albuquerque, there’s plenty for you to do, see, and admire. For instance, the Weems International Artfest, which takes place every November.  It features a list of hundreds of artists showcasing a variety of mediums of art, from glass work to clay sculpture, oil paintings to woodworking, and everything in between. Be sure to stay at a nearby hotel so you can spend the day admiring the art, rather than travelling.

A Longtime Albuquerque Staple

The Weems International Artfest is celebrating 30 years this year, and in 2012 was named the Best Local Festival by Albuquerque the Magazine in their “Best of the City” awards. If you’ve got kids in tow, no worries—they’ll love the Children’s ArtSMart, which was the winner of the Pinnacle Award for Best Onsite Education Program from the International Festivals and Events Association. This section of the festival is aimed at showing younger children what purchasing and learning art is about, and making the process less intimidating.

Types of Art Showcased at Weems

The 2013 Artfest poster was created by B.C. Nowlin, a native New Mexican whose art came of age on the borders of the Sandia Indian Reservation. His work is influenced by the local culture, and despite being expelled from his art classes in high school by teachers who claimed he was “unteachable,” he’s proven everyone wrong, putting forth art that melds a narrative viewpoint, interpretations of the Southwest, and influences of several different art movements.

Nowlin is just one of hundreds showcasing work at the annual fest, and paintings are by no means the majority of what is presented.

A Rich Festival of Arts and Artists

Each year’s Artfest features a huge variety of art. Some of the types of art shown include:

  • Sculptures: metal, wood, pottery, and more
  • Alpacawear, leather, and other animal-inspired goods
  • Fine jewelry
  • Ceramics, stained glass, and furniture
  • Textiles
  • Blank journals
  • Paintings of all kinds
  • Gourd art
  • Fused glass and mixed media
  • And much more

No matter what type of art you are most interested in, you’ll have no trouble finding an artisan of the craft at this festival. What’s perhaps better, though, is the chance to expose yourself to some art forms that you don’t have much experience with.  You may come away from the festival with a brand new interest or a hobby that you want to pick up and learn. Whether you’re in Albuquerque for work or vacation, it’s definitely worth trying to schedule in a trip to the Weems International Artfest when you’re here. Learn more:

Barcelona Suites hotel in Uptown Albuquerque is conveniently located near the fun.  Plan your visit and make a reservation today!

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