Gateway To Holidays Arts & Crafts Fair Oct. 21 Part 2

Painting by Susan E. Roden. Courtesy photo

ART News:

The Fuller Lodge Art Center is holding its 37th annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road in Los Alamos.

This fair is completely full with more than 60 booths of everything from glasswork, woodwork, paintings, clothing, photography, and so much more to choose from! Get your holiday shopping done early this month!

There are a lot of returning vendors as well as brand new artists who will have their work on display.

Russ and Cande Toner

It was actually a chance encounter that got Cande Toner started in enameling. While doing a small local art fair, another artist came into her booth and mentioned that her work (which at the time was hand painted cow and pig mailboxes, and yes, they were cute!), didn’t mesh with her husband Russ’ fine woodworking. Realizing this was very true, Cande found a workshop that just happened to be in enameling.

She knows now that there are no coincidences. Cande fell in love with the fire, molten glass and brilliant colors she developed with her high fire technique. There was no turning back.

Russ Toner has the inner vision to see the art in the wood. He turns wood into artistic sculptures and functional pieces. Realizing that the enamel and woodworking combine to make beautiful and distinct pieces, Russ and Cande have been creating enamel inlay into wood turnings for almost 25 years.

Trained at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., Cande and Russ have been combining enameling and woodturning since 1993.

Their business name is Dancing Turtle Studios and they will present inspirational jewelry, wall art, functional wood turnings and sculptural wood turnings. Visit them online at

Karen Aguilar

Karen Aguilar had enjoyed making jewelry since she was a young girl growing up in Morelia, Mexico. Her first pieces were beaded necklaces and bracelets, given to family and friends. In 2012, Aguilar attended jewelry classes at the art school in Guanajuato,Mexico, were she study metal work and other aspects of jewelry making. Around this time Aguilar decided to make a career as a jeweler.

Moving to Santa Fe with her husband and two children in 2013, Aguilar  enrolled in a program of jewelry classes at the Santa Fe Community College, studying metal work and the settings of semi-precious stones.

Aguilar particularly enjoys working with sterling silver, copper, brass and incorporating any kind of semi-precious stones,gems and beads into her imaginative creations, Aguilar displays a wonderful sense of texture, color and harmony in her jewelry pieces.

Check her out in Booth #36!

Tatyana Komogorova — Artist Statement

I was born in Moscow, Russia in 1968 and came to United States in 1991. I‘ve received my degrees first in Moscow State University and then in University of New Mexico. For the last 25 years, I worked in the area of information technology and government.

Visual art was my passion since my childhood and now I have an incredible opportunity to express myself through my paintings. Artist and dreamers are one of a kind. Vincent Van Gogh once made a comment: “I dream of painting and then I paint my dream”.
My artist story, begins one spring, while sitting at home and contemplating my misfortune of catching the mono virus, I saw a little ad on Facebook about some artist from Zurich giving a workshop on Intuitive painting for three days. I signed to participate in a fantastic and unreal master class with phenomenal artist Elena Goubar.

I was on another planet…I was forgetting everything, flying, dreaming and living in unbelievable happiness of oil painting.

Since that time, I can’t stop painting. I use oil and palette knife and create fusion images of real life and my dreams. I express myself intuitively in the moment of extreme happiness. My painting is all about human feelings and desire to bring empathy to this cruel world.

My recent activities include participation in art fair during Green Chile Festival 2017 in Albuquerque and an invitation to participate in the jury approved art show in October, in Los Alamos. I am also part of the Apprenticeship Group of Elena Goubar.

Check out Komogorova in Booth #38!

Lynda Burch

Burch, a mixed media artist from Albuquerque, uses cancelled postage stamps with acrylic paint on her mixed media paintings.

“I have always used collage elements with my acrylics, and one day my husband came in with his boyhood stamp collection and offered it to me to use,” Burch said.
“I quickly went to a local stamp dealer to see if they were worth anything, and, no, they were not, but when I saw the potential of the gorgeous commemorative and historical stamps, I knew I had to buy some to add more excitement to my new art. I began by using old New Mexico maps cut up in sections on top of some of my early paintings and adding the cancelled postage stamps in various shapes, along with numerous coats of paint.

“What I developed was interesting because maps may be obsolete at some point and stamps are usually left hiding in albums. I showed the director of the Palace of the Governors Museum gift shop, and he thought the initial eight pieces were great, saying he would like to carry the prints in his gift shop. So that led me some seven years ago into a new direction, and I have now created nearly 100 pieces. I have even used wine labels for hot air balloon paintings. You can spend lots of time looking at all the images and the ‘low prices’ on the stamps including a ½ cent stamp. Even the cancellations tell a story, like the one that says ‘Enlist for the Coast Guard’. I keep on buying these cancelled stamps, so I guess you could now call me a collector.”

See Burch’s work at Booth #57, at the stage.

Cathy Bennett

Cathy Bennett, originally from Michigan, decided that the west was the place to live early on. A day after graduation from Michigan State University, she hopped in the car and headed to the west coast.

Loving the new scenery and landscapes was the perfect inspiration for Bennett to turn to art. Over the years, Bennett  has worked in many mediums and continues to experiment all the time. All the experimentation brings new insights her use of color, materials and design. Both her jewelry and art are an expression of her love of color and desire to provide the viewer with a positive feeling in both wearing and viewing her art designs.

Bennett has trained with many master artists including Cathe Grawin, Pat Kelly, Reed Caldwell, Concetta Antico and Amber George.

Bennett has traveled the world bringing many of her memories, designs and colors into her work. Living in several international locations has also affected her world view and design choices.

Bennett will be sharing a booth with Santa Fe artist Susan Roden.

Susan Roden

Artist and instructor Susan E. Roden resides and maintains an art studio in Albuquerque. She has exhibited nationally and is a recipient of many awards, including the Medal of Honor for pastels from the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY, NY and awarded an Artist-In-Residence to Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park in 2009.

Roden’s paintings have been featured in Décor & Style, The Pastel Journal, San Diego, Home / Garden Lifestyles and has had her art grace the cover of the Pastel Artist International Magazine with an accompanied 10-page article. Southwest Art Magazine has cited Roden in 2005 as “Collectors Choice for Pastels”.She is a juried member with the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Distinguished Pastelist / Signature Member with the Pastel Society of New Mexico, member of Womens’ Entrepreneurs of New Mexico and artist with

Roden has been an adjunct art instructor for several years at UCSD Extension, Second Saturday Artist Instructor at the San Diego Museum of Art and periodically conducts one-day pastel workshops at Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos. She also volunteers at Aux Dog Theatre in Albuquerque where she is a scenic painter and props person.

Her art is widely collected and represented by Tirage Art Gallery, Pasadena, Calif. and Patrician Design, Albuquerque, and

Both artists will be in Booth # 43.

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