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Art Goes Outdoors with PEEC's 'Plein Air' Class

on August 10, 2013 - 7:16am

PEEC News:

Whether you consider yourself an artist, or you’ve never picked up a paint brush, the upcoming Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) “Plein Air” class will allow you to explore outdoor surroundings through art.

Dorothy Hoard will lead the “Plein Air” (outdoor) art session on Friday, Aug. 23. Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool, or at 10 a.m. at the Cerro Grande Trailhead on N.M. 4.

The area that the group will visit is an open forest with aspen and ponderosa trees and a nice collection of wildflowers.

Hannemann's Music Corner: Beginning Music – Continuing Music

on August 10, 2013 - 7:09am
Hannemann's Music Corner: Beginning Music Continuing Music

Summer has near flown and lo and behold the school year is upon us. For many students that means "do I start band or orchestra?" and/or "do I continue with band or orchestra?" It turns out the answer to one is the answer to the other.

After lo these many years I've figured out that if you live long enough, you will use everything you ever learned about anything.

Award Winning Teen Filmmaker Speaks to Rotary Club

on August 9, 2013 - 7:19am
Award-winning filmmaker, 17-year-old Samantha Filer speaks to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos on Aug. 6. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Samantha Filer, a 17-year-old  homeschooled home school student from Jemez Springs, received the Best of Festival Award in the statewide Desert Light Film Festival. She was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday, Aug. 6

Filer produced, edited  and directed “The Sword of Arundel,” a 56 minute drama with a Lord of the Rings feel.

'Salt and Pepper' on Stage in Taos

on August 9, 2013 - 7:10am
Brandon Santos and Silvana Neal perform in 'Warm Ashes,' one of seven one-acts that make up 'Salt and Pepper.' Courtesy photo

Staff Report

“Salt and Pepper,” written by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin and directed by Jayne Aylesand Kay Peters Johnson, is a collection of short plays that celebrate aging with grace, courage and humor.

The play is on stage this weekend in Taos.

The play had its world premiere June 7 at the Toolshed Theatre in Dixon. The Taos production features the same cast and crew. It will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.

Evelyn Campbell Wins Tapestry Excellence Award

on August 8, 2013 - 10:33am
'Sandhill Cranes over Pajarito Acres,' a tapestry by local fiber artist Evelyn Campbell, won the American Tapestry Alliance Award of Excellence. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The American Tapestry Alliance has announced that Evelyn Campbell from Los Alamos received the ATA Award for Excellence in Tapestry for her piece, "Sandhill Cranes over Pajarito Acres." 

Her tapestry was displayed July 26-28 at the "Celebration of Fiber" sponsored by Intermountain Weavers Conference at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo.


Austin Singer-Songwriter James Hyland at Pond Friday

on August 8, 2013 - 7:09am
Singer-songwriter James Hyland. Courtesy photo


Last week I caught a part of an early 1940s movie with Tommy Dorsey playing a jive talking bandleader.

He was talking about “cool cats” and “daddy-os” and described some music as being “far out.” Whenever I say something is far out, I get looks like I’m John Denver’s unholy ghost. Have you seen the new stage area at Ashley Pond? It’s looking so cool! Far out! I love the Ashley Pond remodel. As my grandpa used to say, “yeah, it’s expensive but what the heck?” Granddaddio! I wonder what my grandkids are gonna say about me?



Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery Closing Doors Oct. 1

on August 7, 2013 - 6:53pm

ART News:

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery at 1475 Central Ave. has announced it's closing its doors Oct. 1.

Most of its artists will keep their work in the gallery until Sept. 20 and owner Karen Wray encourages community members to start their holiday shopping early this year.

The gallery is open noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Wray intends to move to a studio space on East Gate Drive in Los Alamos. She plans to start oil painting classes again soon and also offer classes in other media.

Visit, for her class schedule or call