Rummage through de Stijl furniture, Art Nouveau pottery, and Bakelite flatware at the Kirkland Museum ($7 admission), where painter Vance Kirkland started an art school in 1932 and worked in a studio until his death in 1981. A family friend who assumed control of the estate helped grow Kirkland’s modest Art Deco holding into what is now North America’s largest on-view collection (3,500 objects) of international decorative art pieces made between 1880 and 1980. Nearby sits the impressive Clyfford Still Museum ($10 admission), a dazzling collection of never-before-seen works by the reclusive painter (the museum hosts bimonthly free days, the next of which fall on June 7 and August 8).
Purchase vegan soaps, homemade truffles, and jewelry fashioned from old bicycle parts at the Handmade Homemade Market, a quasi-monthly event where local artists, DIY crafters, and bakers show off their wares. Since launching out of a living room in 2010, the market (which encourages bartering and alternative currencies) has spawned success stories like Kassia’s Pasta Farm, which serves fresh pasta meals out of a rigged-up boiling pasta bike cart. The next HaHo event (June 8, $2 to $5 suggested admission), held in a gated parking lot in the artsy RiNo district, will be the largest yet, with 50 unique vendors, live music, and workshops on gardening and beehive cultivation.
Hit the streets with more than 5,000 people during the Santa Fe First Friday Art Walk (held on the first Friday of each month, 6 to 9 p.m.), when more than 60 galleries and studios open up to the public, and you can hear live music coming from every window. For first-timers, a good starting point is the complex at 910 Santa Fe Drive, a former 7 Up factory that contains approximately 30 studio spaces, including the popular Canto do Galo capoeria school and Lalé Floral Designs, a boutique florist who sells exquisite hand-sculpted terrariums made from African violets, succulents, and locally grown moss ($80 to $300).