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Author Reflects on Working for Georgia O'Keefe

on October 21, 2012 - 7:15am

Author Margaret Wood. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

There are 9-to-5 jobs where the days are spent inside the small confines of a cubicle.

Then there are other occupations that leap beyond those fabricated office walls.

These jobs break all forms of convention but they are unforgettable.

Margaret Wood had one of these boundary-breaking jobs.

In 1977, at the age of 24, she left Lincoln, Nebr. to move to the sparsely populated and very rural Abiquiu to work as a caregiver and companion.

While the town may have been a small speck on a map, Wood’s employer was a woman who was known

Season's Final White Rock Art Market is Sunday

on October 20, 2012 - 10:09am


Join local artists and artisans for this season's final outdoor Art Market in White Rock, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. 

The artists will be selling their jewelry, pottery, food items and much more. 

For more information, contact 672-3183.


Group Auditions Announced for VanChocStraw

on October 20, 2012 - 7:54am

LALT News:

Group auditions will be 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4 and 5 for Van Choc Straw (think Neopolitan ice cream.)

The auditions tale place in the Green Room of the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St. 

Scripts are available at the Reference Desk of the Mesa Public Library.

Anyone who wishes to have a private audition rather than attend the group audition should contact John Gustafson at or 505-412-3235.

Callbacks, if necessary, will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 (vote early!)

"VanChocStraw", an unpublished play by Albuquerque-based playwright Mark Dunn, will be produced at

Scarecrows and Pumpkin Glow Coming to Downtown

on October 19, 2012 - 6:19am
Two great events sponsored by Los Alamos Art Council
Build a Scarecrow! Scarecrows will decorate light poles in downtown Los Alamos Oct. 20-29.
Applications available at LAAC office and at LAAC website. $10 entry fee.
Once registered, bring assembled scarecrow to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
For more information, call LAAC at 663-0477.

Shop Til You Drop at Art Center's Fall Fair Saturday

on October 18, 2012 - 2:07pm

Photo: Jewelry by Liberty Blueskyes 

By Nancy Coombs

On Saturday, you can tiptoe into your holiday shopping without feeling guilty when you find more items to keep for yourself than to give as gifts.

The 35th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair presented by the Fuller Lodge Art Center offers a "Gateway to the Holidays" shopping experience with a spectacular showcase of talented artists and craftspeople.

This year, Fuller Lodge Art Center is holding its Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road.

The event features more than 60 artists

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Oct. 18

on October 18, 2012 - 5:21am

Courtesy Photo

This week's preview is sponsored by


Pasion de Tango at Los Alamos Little Theatre
7:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 18
Olions Perform Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’s
8 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 with 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Oct. 20.
All five performances are in the new Black Box – third floor of new LAHS building.
Fuller Lodge Art Center Arts & Crafts Fair
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road

Rotary Flower Bulb Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Crossroads Bible Church

SKI SWAP  1-4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 20
The sale includes

Art Show Opening at Los Alamos Co-op Market

on October 17, 2012 - 9:11am

CO-OP News:

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host the opening of a photography exhibition from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

The show, dubbed "Camino de Paz y Cooperación," is a collaborative effort between the Co-op and local photographer Minesh Bacrania and depicts the close connection between Camino de Paz, the Montessori-based school and farm located in Santa Cruz, N.M. and the Los Alamos Co-op.

Bacrania was contracted to deliver in a photo-journalistic style the story of how the 7th-9th graders at the school produce food and other products.

Tour the World With the Los Alamos Community Winds Saturday

on October 16, 2012 - 11:43pm


By Bonnie J. Gordon

The Los Alamos Community Winds will open their concert season with “A World of Music” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at White Rock Baptist Church.

“This is a typical Winds concert in that we are performing a variety of music,” Winds Artistic Director Ted Vives said. “We started looking at people’s suggestions for music and I saw that there was a wide variety of locations around the world represented. The theme grew out of that realization.”

The concert theme is particularly appropriate because this performance by the Los Alamos Community Winds is part of the

Fuller Lodge Art Center Hosts 35th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

on October 16, 2012 - 7:02am


Dances of India Presents 'Alice in Indian Wonderland'

on October 16, 2012 - 6:57am


Pajarito Chapter Embroiderers Display Artwork at Library

on October 10, 2012 - 8:30am

Laniece Miller of the Pajarito Chapter of EGA arranges items for the needlework display. Courtesy photo

EGA News:

From Oct. 8-26, the display case at Mesa Public Library will feature embroidered artwork stitched by members of the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.

The EGA is a national educational organization dedicated to promoting and preserving needle arts. You can see a number of different types of needlework in the display.

The local chapter meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Gibson Fellowship Hall of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos.

Each meeting

New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate Y Más

on October 8, 2012 - 7:08am

Courtesy MIFA


An exploration of the dawn of world cuisine as we know and consume it today is set to open Dec. 9 at the Museum of International Folk Art with New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate Y Más.

New World Cuisine explores how foods around the world developed from mixing the old and the new, and how many of the tastiest dishes and desserts came to be associated with New Mexico.

High resolution media images may be downloaded from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here.

The mixing of peoples and foods—the fusion of cultures and traditions referred to as


Explore White Rock Artists & Artisans Market Today

on October 6, 2012 - 9:30pm

NMA&CD News:

The White Rock Artists & Artisans Market is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Oct. 7 in the outdoor space of The Hive at 134 N.M. 4. 

The Market features local artists selling jewelry, Native American pottery and photography, along with many items for the upcoming holidays. 

Stop by, have a look and support the community's local artists and artisans.

Fuller Lodge Art Center Goes Soft For Art

on October 5, 2012 - 7:07am

Susanne Wetzell's "Porcupine" is one of many artistic creations entered in “Pins and Needles” whose opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

By Kirsten Laskey

When viewing artwork, it is usually best to exercise a hands-off approach. Handling a vase or touching a painting can result in blaring alarms or shattered pieces.

But the newest exhibit at the Fuller Lodge Art Center will make the viewer want to wrap their fingers around everything.

Rather than sleek and hard, the entries are plush and soft.

Karen Wray Fine Art Opens at 15th and Central

on October 2, 2012 - 9:17am
Jean Uher and Karen Wray of Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery hang one of Wray's Oils in the new gallery space at 15th Street and Central Avenue. Photo by TK Thompson/
The new Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery has a dedicated space for Wray's easel in the studio area for conducting workshops. Photo by TK Thompson/
Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery officially opened today in its new location in the southwest corner of the Community Bank Building at 15th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson/

Over 300 Attend Mozart on the Rocks

on October 1, 2012 - 6:25am

Staff report

Bandelier Amphitheater. Courtesy Photo by Gretchen & Norman Yost

Over 300 people attended Mozart on the Rocks: Opera at Bandelier. The performance was held at the Bandelier Amphitheater on Saturday night. Despite the threat of rain, lightning and thunder all around the park, the weather remained perfect for the event.

Courtesy Photo by Gretchen & Norman Yost

The performance included The Three Sopranos, Jess Cullinan and Heather McCulloch coordinated by local opera singer Alicia Soloman, and accompanied by pianist Brian Huysman.

Ian Ritchie, President of the Guilds Inc.


Karen Wray Fine Art Moves to New Location

on September 29, 2012 - 1:27pm


Karen Wray Fine Art, Gallery and Studio has moved to 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125 on the ground floor, southwest corner of the Community Bank Building facing 15th Street.

New hours begining Oct. 1:

Tuesday-Friday: noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 3 p.m.

The gallery features fine art created by local artists and also offers painting classes taught by local artists.

Fall painting classes have been postponed until sometime in late January.

For gallery classes and other information, call 660-6382 or visit

YMCA Offering Flamenco Dance for Beginners

on September 28, 2012 - 9:17am


A new Flamenco Dance for Beginners class begins at the Family YMCA in October:

YMCA members and non-members, men and women, boys and girls ages 10 and up welcome.

Flamenco dance has become a popular dance form worldwide because of its powerful lines, intense rhythms, and the beautiful traditional melodies that cannot help but inspire movement.

The dance comes from Southern Spain and is the unique art of the gypsies which combines the sounds and movements of Europe, India, and Northern Africa.

Flamenco Dance is accompanied by guitar, hand-clapping, singing and the

WHITE ROCK’S ARTIST & ARTISANS MARKET: Call for Exhibitors & Patrons

on September 28, 2012 - 8:50am


The Los Alamos Creative District is now looking for exhibitors/vendors throughout the area to display and sell their work at the White Rock Artist and Artisans Market. 

This market will be Sunday Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is a free event to participate in. 

The location will be on the outdoor space at the Hive at 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock where about 40 tents and tables can be accommodated. 

The Hive is close by the parking and shuttle stop for the Bandelier National Monument shuttle – all visitors going to Bandelier will be required to use this shuttle. 


Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview Sept. 20

on September 20, 2012 - 7:41am

This week's preview is sponsored by

Pajarito Trail Fest on Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23

6th annual Pajarito Trail Fest at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

Trail Runs start at 9 a.m. Saturday with 10 km and 15 mile. Event also features kids fun runs with Toddler 100-yard dash starting at 11:30 a.m. and Big Kid Challenge, which includes run up/down on marked course on Beginner slopes. Dirty Du Duathon starts at 10 a.m. Sunday and includes 4.5 Km Run, 14km bike ride and another 4.5 km run.

Toppers Homecoming

Stolen Renoir Makes FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes List

on September 20, 2012 - 7:16am

A private insurer is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of Renior's painting, "Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair" stolen during an armed robbery Sept. 8, 2011. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

An oil painting by French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir stolen from a Houston home last year—and estimated to be worth $1 million—is the newest addition to the FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes list.

The painting, Madeleine Leaning on Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair, was stolen during an armed robbery Sept. 8, 2011.

The homeowner was watching television when


Art it Up!

on September 20, 2012 - 6:44am


Fall art classes are starting at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Wednesday afternoon art classes for children in grade 1-6 joyfully continue! Most classes are one week only.

There are a variety of classes for adults and teens, offered both in multi-week formats and single day workshops. Nurture your creativity!

A sampling of classes:

  • Latex Masks--Alison Chilen
  • Sculpture Basics--Cruz Lopez
  • Foundation Drawing--Lisa Coddington
  • Write On! Calligraphy -- Thelma Hahn
  • Botanical Drawing and Watercolor--Lisa Coddington
  • Animal Textures in Pencil- Heather Ward
  • Flower

Council Recommends Formation of Creative District Committee

on September 18, 2012 - 9:21pm

  Los Alamos County Council members hear input from the public involved in existing cultural organizations in Los Alamos and members of the Creative District Steering Committee regarding how to move forward with the implementation plan for the new Creative District Tuesday night at Fire Station 3 in White Rock. No action was taken during the meeting, but the Council did provide direction to County Administrator Harry Burgess.

Little Theatre Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

on September 15, 2012 - 10:30am

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover, center, high fives Los Alamos Little Theatre Board President John Gustafson following Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand re-opening of the building at 1670 Nectar St. Stover and Gustafson are surrounded by the many people who played a part in the facility's recent renovation. Photo by Greg Kendall/

For more information on the Little Theater renovation, see prior story




Downtown Banners Display Leslie Bucklin Photos

on September 14, 2012 - 8:55am

By Leslie Bucklin


New seasonal and Los Alamos welcome banners are being hung downtown on the Central Avenue streetlights.

The old banners were several years old, worn out, and in need of replacing.

A state funded MainStreet grant has helped the County update the banners.

Designed and featuring photographs by Leslie Bucklin, the new banners feature some of Los Alamos’ most notable attractions – summer outdoor activities, historic district, skiing, and community events, as well as stunning area scenery.

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie Bucklin

By Leslie