Monkey sock toys by Sandra Frentzel of Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Arts and crafts fairs come in abundance. The one that will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Lodge lawn, however, is distinct.
The Fuller Lodge Art Center, established to celebrate artists, is running the show. The proceeds from booth sales go to help ensure the Center’s doors remain open. Everything else goes to the painters, sculptures, jewelers, weavers and other artists. It truly is all about the art.
Art Center Marketing Director Nancy Coombs said about seven dozen artists are participating in this year’s fair. About two-thirds of these participants are fair veterans including Albuquerque artist Jim Shiver, who creates antique barb wire crosses as well as mood lamps.
There will also be some new faces, such as Stephanie Ortega of Edgewood, owner of Anger Management Gallery. She will sell her paintings as well as prints. Los Alamos artists also will be spotted in the fair, including jewelers MaryAnn Somers and Kathy Hjeresen.
Art will not only be sold at the fair, it will created there as well. Paul Tenoso of Corrales will demonstrate flint knapping, or the art of creating arrowheads. Local artist Erin Green will offer tarot card readings, while Alexis Palmaffy of Santa Fe will do henna tattoos with her hand-made henna.
Jeremy Smith, who, in addition to working at the Los Alamos Family YMCA creates the Australian Aborigine instrument didgeridoos, will instruct fair participants on how to play.
“Attending the Fair allows the Art Center to continue to provide an exhibit gallery in town to show the work of emerging artists and professional artists. We also provide art classes taught by professional artists,” Coombs said. “The art center provides nine different group shows a year.”
The Great Mother by Alexis Palmaffy of Santa Fe. Courtesy photo