"Contemporary Hispanic Market is a non-profit organization that has proudly showcased and promoted contemporary Hispanic Art for 38 years."
~ Ramona-Vigil Eastwood, president
Ramona Vigil- Eastwood is currently the president of the CHM, which started in 2006. She has been married for 44 eventful years. Together she and her husband create award winning, one of a kind jewelry. Their ability to turn a piece of thin metal into jewelry masterpieces, is truly like no other.
She is a proud mother of 3 sons, 1 daughter, 'abuelita' to 3 grand-sons and 2 grand-daughters. She was born and raised in New Mexico, cooks tortillas from scratch, bakes delicious lemon cake and stays fit by being active.
Ramona is passionate about the art world. She continually discovers the hidden artists of many New Mexicans, guiding them into becoming the flourishing artists that they are today.
Anthony Fernandez, known as Tony to many, was raised in northern New Mexico. Tony began as a volunteer during the early years of the market. He became a familiar face up and down Lincoln Avenue, catering to artists and hanging Papel Picado along with the volunteers he recruited. In 2009, Tony was officially a committee member. His love for the market and the arts gave him a feeling of belonging, and had been experimenting in oil paintings. Eventually being recognized as an artist and juried into the market in 2010. Tony has served as vice president, since his election in 2013.
Michelle Ferran grew up in the Espanola Valley on the banks of the Rio Grande. She is the descendent of French and Spanish families that settled in Northern, New Mexico several generations past. Michelle has been immersed in the Indian and Spanish cultures throughout her life. Her extended family of farmers, ranchers, artists, and craftsmen influenced her style and approach to art. Her love of land and culture led Michelle to paint her interpretation of Northern New Mexico in a colorful style, which almost immediately became popular among the locals. Michelle loves the free flow and vibrant colors of the watercolor medium which allows her to capture and express her love for Northern New Mexico.
Michelle shows and sells her work at art shows in addition to various galleries and shops located throughout Northern New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. You can visit her at: ferranfinearts.com to see her latest creations and a multitude of other images available in giclee prints.
Julian was born in and has lived in Santa fe all his life. He has been producing art for sale since 2004. He believes that every person on earth is an artist, and each produces art every day of their lives. He feels fortunate that occasionally someone likes his work enough to to buy it.
Carolee is an award winning fine art photographer living and working in beautiful northern New Mexico. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Political Science from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. Carolee views her draw to Photography as a calling. Her Hispanic heritage and love of New Mexico’s whimsical beauty shine in her art.
In loving memory: Clarence Medina
March 1, 1969 - August 27, 2022
A life long resident of Dixon, New Mexico, Clarence Medina took an interest in art since he was able to hold a brush.
Entirely self-taught Clarence has painted with oils for twenty-three years. Remembering when he started painting with oils, he mixed oils with water. Little did he know oil and water do not mix. After intensive gallery and museum visits and reading art books, he has now developed a style uniquely his. An admirer of master artists, he has seen exhibits of Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
His paintings are in private collections throughout the country. His work can be purchased at his studio in Dixon or at the Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market in July exclusively.
Clarence will be forever missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him.
Marcos Padilla is a stone sculptor who discovered stone carving over 25 years ago and is a self-taught artist. He has honed his skills and developed a distinctive style during that time. Today he works with limestone, alabaster and marble carving fugitive and abstract works from minature to monumental. He is a proud New Mexican who likes depicting scenes and the environment of his native Northern New Mexico surroundings. He has been a resident of Chupadero (north of Santa Fe) for over 24 years. A family man, he has raised three sons and a daughter. He has extended family in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Libby has been a volunteer for several years for the Contemporary Hispanic Market. She currently performs the duties of depositing the funds received through the mail and at the Market. Libby is married to Edward and they have a son, Marcos. Libby also serves on the New Vistas Board and has been on that board since 1999. New Vistas partners with and supports people with disabilities and families of children with special needs to enrich their quality of life in New Mexico. Libby retired from New Mexico State Government in June of 2010 with 26 years of service. Libby also has been a member of church choir since 1988 and a member of Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe since 2003. Libby was born in New Mexico and has lived in Santa Fe since 1978.
Photographer, web designer, social media
As an art enthusiast, Sarah Love expresses her gratitude as the official photographer for the market. Sarah was raised under the table tops of art markets, her parents both very talented metal shapers. When Sarah is not working on her own personal art projects, you can find her immersed in the gift of motherhood, and focused on humanitarian acts of service by feeding families in need, through her non-profit organization called The Pink Bus.
CHM, Inc is a non-profit organization
100% formulated by an alliance of passionate volunteers, who are like family.
The coalition of artists has grown over the past 36 years, making this market into the largest Hispanic art event in the country, featuring innovative work by more than 100 artists.
If you are interested in helping keep Hispanic heritage and tradition alive, please consider becoming part of our volunteer team by contacting us today.
We always need help with various tasks, leading up to and on market days.