Christine Allison and I had the time of our lives at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe last weekend. Not only were we entertained like queens, we got completely inspired by the artists from around the world we were fortunate enough to meet. They represent the best their country has to offer in thier native medium – straw, silver, pottery, or silk. And they make a lot of money that goes back with them to build hospitals and schools. The Market motto “saving the world one piece of art at a time” is so apt when you see the elation of the artists at the procession when they come in in their native garb. I bought silk scarves, silver bracelets, and greenware from Mexico and love every piece I got. We also loved having dinner at Linda Marcus’ (Stanley’s widow) adobe house built in 1756, it is a well-edited perfect architectural gem. As a matter of fact, Dallas people were everywhere – including buyers from Neiman Marcus Bill Mackin and Ginger Reeder. Don’t be surprised to see something from Santa Fe pop up in a very special catalogue. We spent an afternoon at Mike McAdam’s manse – he was former president of the Dallas Market Center and now owns the Lake Austin Spa. The house is spectacular – done by Julio Quinones and has probably the most beautiful garden I’ve ever seen. We also got to visit Kelly and Ginger Hardage‘s new home, being decorated by Nancy Lieb. I’ll be reserving a room there for the next Folk Art Market. You should probably go ahead and make some reservations for next year, because everyone I’ve talked to is going.