In honor of the 15th Anniversary, the International Folk Art Market presents “Folk Art Matters,” a series of lectures covering a variety of subjects on all things Folk Art. All lectures will be held in our beautiful new headquarters ( 620 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505). Most lectures are free unless otherwise noted


Jeff Snell, CEO, International Folk Art Market
Social Entrepreneurship + IFAM: Impacting the Global Artisan Sector
Thursday, February 15
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Free Admission  

Jeff joined the International Folk Art Alliance team as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015, after more than 20 years in the charitable sector and extensive experience in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. He founded Midwest Social Innovation LLC and co-founded the Midwestern Consortium for Social Innovation, a regional platform to promote cross-sector, enterprise-based solutions to social problems. Jeff also served as Special Advisor to the President at Marquette University from 2007 to 2013. Jeff has lectured widely on social innovation and social entrepreneurship, with talks that include Fordham University’s inaugural lecture for the Loschert Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, and another at TEDxUWMilwaukee. He received his Ph.D. from Marquette and a master’s in social ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in Massachusetts.

Porfirio Gutierrez, Master Weaver in the Zapotec Tradition
Natural Dye Demonstration and Lecture
Thursday, March 15

Natural Dye Demonstration: A three-hour cochineal and indigo natural dye workshop.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
$80.00 Space is limited. Call Lauren Newman to reserve a space (505) 992-7606

Natural materials have been used to produce dyes and colorants throughout much of human history. In Oaxaca, the way of learning has been passed down from generation. Join master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez to learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context, to make a range of richly colored dyes using natural colorants derived from the indigo, cochineal, and pericon and to apply the dyes to yarn. Each student will also have the chance apply the incredible blue shads from indigo to cotton cloth.

  • Lecture: Sustainability to Dye For…Preserving Zapotec natural dyeing tradition
    6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
    Free Admission

Porfirio Gutiérrez is descended from a long line of weavers from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca. In this small village, known for its hand-woven rugs, he and his family are among a small group of textile artisans working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes, techniques that stretch back more than 1,000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition.

Andrew Hale, Author, and Director of Anahita Gallery, Inc.
The Eternal Garden, Central Asian Embroidered Suzani: Myth, Magic, and Merchandise
Thursday, April 19
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Free Admission  

Andrew has over 40 years experience in Asian art and material culture, both as a dealer and researcher. He has undertaken specialized research into ancient beads and jewelry from global sources, and has particular expertise in the material culture of Central Asia, from the Bronze Age to contemporary crafts. Andrew has done both field and archival research in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Russia. Andrew lived for many years in Afghanistan and Pakistan (1972 – 1980), collecting and researching local craft traditions. From 1995 to 2002, he was the director of a store and gallery, the Anahita Gallery, Inc. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, dealing in ethnic art of all types. Since 2002, Andrew has operated an online gallery and photographic archive and is the published authority in the field of Central Asian weavings.

Suzanne Sugg, IFAM Director, Clothing and Accessories Designer
Textile Techniques and Treasures at IFAM
Thursday, May 17
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Free Admission  

Suzanne has been active in a variety of art organizations in Texas and New Mexico for more than 40 years. She has served 6 years on the Board of Directors for the International Folk Art Market. Suzanne is currently on the Advisory Board of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and a charter member of the Texas Women for the Arts. Suzanne has served on the Board of Directors of the Taos Art Museum and City of San Angelo Public Arts Commission. She has served as Trustee Chairman of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council, the Texas Association of Museums Trustees, and Texans for the Arts, as well as working with numerous civic organizations. She attended Christies’ Decorative Arts Summer School in New York City and participated in many national conferences of the Museum Trustee Association, International Majolica Society, and New York Silver Society.

Alden Zecha, founding partner at We Scale Impact
Counterfeit Items – Risks and Solutions
Thursday, June 21
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Free Admission  

Alden Zecha is a Founding Partner at boutique consulting firm We Scale Impact to which he brings more than 30 years of broad-range executive expertise in operations, strategy and finance, and vast experience from work in more than 35 countries. He regularly speaks on health and entrepreneurship around the world including at Harvard, MIT, the Savings Lives at Birth DevelopmentXChange, the Global Grand Challenges Summit, the Mobile Health Summit and the White House and has been quoted in the Wall St. Journal and CFO Magazine. Alden currently also serves as Executive in Residence at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he lectures and writes about issues in social entrepreneurship and is a contributor to the Smart Impact Capital series of training modules. He serves as a director for various businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia, is a co-inventor on several patents and is an active angel investor in technology and health-related companies.


Keith Recker, IFAM Creative Director 
2018 IFAM Artist Preview and Brunch  
Sunday, July 8
10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
In honor of our 15th Anniversary, a $15 donation is suggested. Space is limited. Call Lauren Newman to reserve a space (505) 992-7606

Keith is President and co-founder of HAND/EYE Fund (2010 – present), which publishes, offers assistance to artisans through a small grants program, and teams with ByHand Consulting in the creation of opportunities for artisans such as the Market incubator program at NY Now. He was the Executive Director of Aid to Artisans (2000-02), where he supervised operations of the $4.5 million international nonprofit agency, which grew to $8 million. He also served on the Aid to Artisans Board of Directors for several years. He currently consults in trend and color forecasting for Pantone and London-based WGSN and has a highly specialized color consulting practice called Chromosapien. His background is in the design industry, where he has been the Director of Product Development at Granet and Associates, VP of Home Furnishings at Bloomingdale’s Direct, VP/General Merchandise Manager at Gump’s by Mail, and the Director of Folio Home at Saks Fifth Avenue, amongst other endeavors.