Arts And Crafts Fair On Fuller Lodge Lawn Saturday

Scene from 2014 Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

For almost 50 years the Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) has hosted an outdoor arts and crafts fair and the tradition continues 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday on the lawn at Fuller Lodge.

While the event features everything from food to entertainment; the big attraction is the art. This year, artist Carla Smith, a newcomer to the fair, will sell her glass mosaics, wall hangings, tables, birdhouses, house numbers and name plaques.

The fair also will introduce artist Bob Rolio who creates items from recycled wood. His artwork includes everything from birdhouses to indoor/outdoor furniture. Additionally, Sarah Guzman will have her wood puzzles at the fair and Christian Olsen, a jeweler from Arizona, will sell his contemporary southwest jewelry, which he hand-makes and designs.

Other artists include Gary Megilligan, who will sell his popular solar lanterns, and Gary Strein, who makes jewelry from antique silverware.

Art comes in many forms; clothing, jewelry, paintings, sculptures and even food. At the fair, Katie O’Hara Barrett of Durango, Colo., will sell a selection of handmade jams, jellies and mustards.

Bee Chama Honey will offer different varieties of honey as well as jams and jellies.

This event is not just for adults; there will be activities for children, too. Valynn Purvis will provide inflatable bouncy houses while Josephine Boyer will offer her face-painting services. A special addition will be offered by Kevin Overhulser, a silhouette artist. His silhouette portraits of children will be matted and are free, but donations will be appreciated.

For refreshments, Dave’s Dogs will be at the fair along with Ragtime Kettle Korn.

LAAC Executive Director Marlane Hamilton encourages the community to come check out the fair.

“For one thing – it’s tradition,” she said. “As May comes around each year and spring is in the air, the annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawn at Fuller Lodge is just such a part of that and has been for 48 years. Each year the fair brings returning artists as well as many new artists. That is part of what makes it so interesting and worth attending.”

She added, “This year there will be several artists new to the fair with works including metal art, wood rocking horses for children, recycled wood turned into furniture, folk art, pressed wild flowers and much more.”

LAAC has presented the spring fair every year since 1967. It generally features about 100 artisans in the southwest, who offer both traditional and contemporary art forms.

The arts organization uses proceeds from booth rentals to present cultural programs throughout the year, including the annual Kite Festival, Missoula Children’s Theater production and noontime Brown Bag performances at Fuller Lodge.

The organization also hosts seasonal celebrations such as the Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow and Scarecrow Contest and senior recitals.

For more information about the Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, call 505.663.0477 or check out the LAAC website at http://www.LosAlamosArtsCouncil.org.

Scene from 2014 Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Scene from 2014 Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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