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10th Annual Folk Art Flea On The Move

on February 5, 2019 - 5:40am
Table of paintings; flat art. Courtesy photo
Blusas. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is celebrating the 10th year of its innovative Folk Art Flea, and it is on the move. Normally held in May, this year’s Flea is jumping to June—Saturday, June 8.
The Flea also is moving outdoors. Look for the big tent on Milner Plaza on Museum Hill where this year’s Flea treasures will be waiting for new homes. The large tent will be easy to spot and will provide a roomy and shaded location for shoppers to peruse this year’s folk art finds.
One of Santa Fe’s most anticipated special events, the Flea can be counted on to provide collectors of all ages and interests with a wide array of well-priced folk art treasures from  across the globe--from toys to textiles, jewelry to masks, to wood carvings, yard art and more. A special “Collectors’ Corner” displays more rare and unique items.
Flea founders Judith Haden and Ginger Smith had no idea that their 2008 idea to raise funds for the MOIFA by selling previously owned folk art would become a popular Santa Fe tradition.
“Our first year, we raised $27,600 for the museum and last year it generated just over $54,000. We couldn’t be happier,” Haden said.
Smith adds, “It is always fun to see the excitement on the faces of shoppers as they leave the Flea with their arms full of 'new' folk art. Every year we see how one person’s 'trash' is indeed another’s treasure.”
According to museum Executive Director Khristaan Villela, Ph.D., “The Friends of Folk Art Flea event has contributed nearly $450,000 to benefit museum programs. We are getting close to our goal of $500,000 and I’m hopeful that we’ll surpass that with the 2019 Flea ... it’s very exciting.”
Last year more than 1,900 people shopped the Flea, attracting folk art fans from all over New Mexico and neighboring states.
“It is great to see how many shoppers also take the opportunity to come into the museum to view our current exhibits,” he said.
Villela adds “But we couldn’t hold the Flea without the amazing donations made by generous folk art fans from around Santa Fe. Our Flea volunteers stay busy year-round collecting folk art for the Flea. And that’s a good thing.”
There are five Flea donation days coming up: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, May 29-31 and June 1. Donors can bring their tax-deductible folk art donations to the museum’s back parking lot or call 505.476.1201 for other donation options.
The Flea is presented by the Friends of Folk Art, a group of Museum of New Mexico Foundation members that supports the fund- and friend-raising of the museum. The Friends of Folk Art group is celebrating its 25th year of offering members-only special events and educational programs. All funds raised from these events support the museum’s award-winning exhibition and educational programs. A valued benefit of belonging to the Friends group is early shopping at the Flea. Many members say they love the programs that the Friends offer, but their favorite event every year is shopping at the Flea.
The Flea is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8. Early admission for Friends of Folk Art members only is 9-10 a.m., while free general admission is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., those wanting the early bird opportunity may join Friends of Folk Art by calling 505.982.6366 ext.100.