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Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour Preview: Part One

on September 7, 2017 - 3:30pm
Cleveland Church, 1984. Photo by Dean Carstens

ART News:

The fourth annual Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 15. This free, self-guided tour will take visiters into the studios of nine of Los Alamos and White Rock’s talented artists, in addition to two art classes from UNM-Los Alamos.

At ProjectY cowork located at 150 Central Park Square, guest will see a sample of each artist’s work during the hours of the Tour, or come to the reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 to meet the artists, plan your stops, and enjoy some live music.  

Tour booklets with maps can be found at key locations within town, including  Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, White Rock Visitor Center, and both public libraries.

For more information, visit

Each week leading up to the tour, the Los Alamos Daily Post will preview artists from the Tour.


Santuario, 1978.  Photo by Dean Carstens


For more than 40 years Dean Carstens has photographed the people and places of northern New Mexico and the West. This has led him to a unique style based on traditional film photography using a large format camera.

Because he uses only silver monochromatic (black and white) photographic methods, his photographs have an inherent stability and increased tonal range not found with other media. He uses digital photography for his personal photos, but does not sell digital prints.

Carstens hand prints and develops the photographs in his darkroom to bring out the best from his original negatives. The prints are toned to enhance image quality and then matted using museum-quality materials for maximum permanence.

His most popular photographs are of New Mexico adobe mountain churches and other adobe structures, such as the Taos Pueblo. His photographs of the Salinas and Jemez Monuments, structures built in the 1500s, are also very popular.

Carstens has exhibited and sold his work in various venues around Los Alamos and was a founding  member of the original Los Alamos Studio Tour (LAST, 2005-2008). This is his second year with the current Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour (LASST, 2014, 2017).


Cards by Bettina Hehlen. Courtesy photo
Jewelry by Bettina Hehlen. Courtesy photo


The confluence of shape and color is the common theme for Hehlen in her photography and jewelry and continually inspires her to develop new ideas. As a photographer, her images come alive through beautiful art cards and metal prints she designs. As a jeweler, her exquisite creations are one-of-a-kind and always with a touch of glamour.

Hehlen grew up in Switzerland and has been living in the United States for more than 20 years. Customers tell her all the time that they love the “European touch” in her art. She currently sells her jewelry and photography in the gallery shop at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, through Etsy at and upon request.

To learn more about Hehlen’s art, visit