By KIRSTEN LASKEY
The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Spring Arts and Craft Fair has been a tradition in Los Alamos for nearly 50 years.
While this year’s arts and craft’s fair will feature the staples, including nearly 100 booths featuring everything from paintings and photography to jewelry and sculptures, as well as live entertainment by Sol y Luna and the Lads of Enchantment, there are a few new additions to the event.
Everyone can walk away with something from the fair, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.
The First Baptist Church is setting up a children’s area for young people to make Mother’s Day gifts. The youth also will be treated to free Los Alamos Arts Council balloons while they last.
2012 Spring Arts and Crafts Fair. Courtesy photo
Valynn Purvis will provide children with face painting and jump houses.
The Los Alamos Arts Council will conduct a survey at this year’s fair. Participants can enter for a chance to win a round trip plane ticket to Albuquerque provided by the new local air service, New Mexico Airlines.
Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlane Hamilton said new features were added to the this year’s fair because “we’ve wanted to expand and offer more things to do” for both children and parents.
New artists are included in this year’s fair as well.
Turquoise ring by jeweler Shannon Stevens. Courtesy photo
Christian Olsen is a jeweler from Arizona who has designed and created contemporary southwest jewelry for 10 years. His work features hand-carved and hand-cast beads, pendants and clasps in sterling silver, 14-carat gold and bronze mixed with semi precious stones.
James Shiver will return with his antique barbwire crosses and a new line of lamps.
Katie O’Hara from Durango will sell her handmade jams, jellies and mustards. Alex Meyer will have a great selection of cutting boards made of various woods.
Looking for some delicious food items? Don’t miss the pistachios from Heart of the Desert, Coonridge goat cheese, and Bee Chama Honey.
Pottery by Ginny Zipperer. Courtesy photo
When people shop at the fair, they are not just supporting the artists but the Los Alamos Arts Council as well.
“This is one way to support what we do,” Hamilton said.
She explained that the fair is a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. Booth sales ensure the Los Alamos Arts Council can continue to offer a variety of programs to the community, many of which are free such as the Brown Bag series, Pumpkin Glow and Kite Festival.
Another way to support the Los Alamos Arts Council is to become a member. There will be an opportunity to get membership at the fair.
Anyone interested is invited to drop by the registration table during the arts and crafts fair to pick up a form. Individual memberships cost $15.
Contact LAAC at 663-0477 or visit www.LosAlamosArtsCouncil.org.