Shop your favorite Renaissance ArtsFaire vendors for the holidays. Click the link to view some of the jewelers, potters, painters, and textile artisans you love to visit each year.


Chris Mitchell and Randy Granger

(pictured above), long-time Renaissance ArtsFaire entertainers, were the MCs for this virtual entertainment event.

This 60 minute video features some of your beloved RenFaire personalities, like Queen Cherrie, Robert the Ratcatcher,  Jousters on Horseback, Royal Court dancers, SCA fighters, singers, magicians, and artists.

Seeing this Entertainment Video will give you a taste of past faires and focus on next year’s 50th anniversary Renaissance ArtsFaire.  

Online Auction

DAAC will once again partner with Mesilla Valley Estate Sales to bring you a great online auction experience.   More information will be available as we get closer to November.

The Renaissance era in Europe spanned several centuries between the 14th to 17th centuries.  Here are some ways for adults and children to learn more about the art and life of this extraordinary period of history. During the same time period, Spanish explorers and Native populations created the unique New Mexico style we know and love today. Learn about New Mexico in the time of the Renaissance era.

For Adults

Learn about the Renaissance world by watching a few of these recommended movies, or watch  art history lectures from the DAAC “Feed Your Mind” archives.   
  • Movies and network specials with a Renaissance  theme to add to your “must watch” list. HERE
For Youth
  • A downloadable Renaissance-themed coloring book HERE

*”Feed Your Mind” (FYM) is an arts and cultural lecture program established in January 2018 by the Arts Council with art historian and world traveler Kathleen Key.  In the spring of 2020, the program moved online to a zoom format.   Nicholas Dahl and Brad Roe joined Kathleen Key as FYM instructors in the summer of 2020.

For more information about the ongoing Feed Your Mind courses and how you can join in, please visit “Workshops & Classes” on the DAAC website (www.daarts.org), or call the DAAC office at 575-523-6403.”



There were three Renaissance-related contests for people to complete at home and submit photos for judging.

  • Costume Contest
  • Mask Contest
  •  Art History Contest (Recreating Art)
WINNER of the Art History Contest is pictured below on left:
Heather Murphy 


Recreating famous works of art with ordinary household items is a world-wide phenomenon and is now included on the websites of world famous museums. We invited our community to recreate a famous work of art from the Renaissance, 14th – 17th Centuries. This can be a family project and lots of fun!

  • Recreate a Renaissance painting (14th – 17th Century) using ordinary things found around the house.
  • Submit a photo of both your recreated art and an image of the orIginal artwork, so we can compare them


  • Submit photos displaying your period costumes
  • Queen Cherrie and her Royal Court  judged the best costumes
WINNER of the Costume Contest:  Gabrielle Teich, pictured second from left, in her costume AND recreating a famous work of art!


  • Create a partial or full-face mask
  • Submit photo of the mask two local artists,  judged the masks. and  looked for creativity and craftsmanship.
WINNER of the Mask Contest ( shown below on far left) is
Monica Reynolds