Today our older daughter accompanied her friend Millie's family to the Fifth International Folk Art Market on Museum Hill. The girls picked up "passport" booklets for stamps from artists of different countries. But the kids also decided to obtain signatures of some of their favorite folk artists...the result seems almost like folk art in itself. This event started relatively small five years ago, and has grown immensely. The Market is now the largest of its kind in the world. We think it may soon rival Indian Market. That's our story and we're stickin' to it.
One hundred juried artists from 39 countries (Rwanda to El Salvador to Turkmenistan) were represented this year. In addition to booths filled with silver jewelry from Bolivia, felt rugs from Kyrgyzstan, tribal garments from China, ceramics from France, and so on, the girls said there was plenty of exotic food and live entertainment, including mariachi bands and Chinese Dragon Dancers.