SANTA FE ― One of Santa Fe’s favorite community events, the Folk Art Flea, is Saturday, May 5 at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill.
From toys to textiles and jewelry to masks from all over the world, The Flea features an impressive array of well-priced folk art treasures. The treasured “Collectors’ Corner” returns with especially rare and unique items. The event is presented by the Museum Foundation of New Mexico’s Folk Art Committee in support of the Museum of International Folk Art Museum (MoIFA).
Dr. Khristaan Vilella, director of MoIFA, encourages those who enjoy visiting the museum to put the Flea on their May calendars. “The annual Flea is a great place to find folk art treasures from all over the world. We are proud to be able to sell items from some of the same artists that you find in our museum collection, items that would be challenging to find otherwise.”
According to Laurie Vander Velde, Folk Art Committee chair, “All funds raised from the Flea directly support the Museum of International Folk Art’s award-winning exhibition and educational programs. We are proud that the Flea contributed $65,000 to the museum last year.”
Early admission for Friends of Folk Art members (only) is from 9-10 am while free general admission to the Flea is from 10 am-3 pm. Those anxious to shop early may join the Friends of Folk Art organization in advance by calling (505).982.6366, ext.106.
Vander Velde reports that all items found in the Flea are donated to the museum specifically for this event, and donations are tax-deductible charity contributions. “We are so amazed by the generosity of area residents, and visitors, who contribute to the Flea. We couldn’t offer such quality and variety without their support.”
There is still time to donate folk art items to the Flea (toys, masks, clothing, pottery, sculpture, textiles, flat art, jewelry, books and other folk art items). Beginning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 through Saturday, April 28 volunteers will be accepting folk art donations in the staff/volunteer parking lot behind the museum. Donors may also call the Folk Art Flea Hotline (505).476.1201 to make other arrangements. Your gently used items may be someone else’s treasure.