Tune into the mystery and excitement of the masquerade at the opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave. in downtown Los Alamos.
This exhibit is a combined juried/curated show, with artwork from artists who were intrigued by the theme and applied, as well as art work from artists invited to share their work.
There are literal masks and there are metaphorical masks, there are figures and faces and totems.
Santa Fe artist Max Lehman juried and curated the show creating a bewitching experience. Lehman juried local and regional artists who answered the Fuller Lodge Art Center call for artists. He also invited fellow artists from all over North America who sent work from as far away as Canada and Hawaii.
In the Portal Gallery recycle/upcycle artist Gilbert Candelaria shares a delightful assortment of colorful imaginary creatures, come to life. For more than 18 years, Candelaria (www.candelariasart.com) has been a recycled artist, taking various mundane objects and turning them into whimsical, unique and inspirational works of art. He strives to create art that will make people smile and shake their heads in amazement.
As a self-taught artist, Candelaria incorporates blacksmithing, metal working, welding, airbrushing and spray-paint techniques.
“But my biggest skill is ‘thinking outside the box’ … and never thinking ‘I can’t’ when I’m creating,” Candelaria says.