By SUE ELLEN HAINS
Fuller Lodge often is described as the “heart and soul” of Los Alamos. Many of us in the artistic community would describe Ken Nebel as being the “heart and soul” of Fuller Lodge Art Center during the past 12 years.
Ken recently resigned as assistant director from the art center and we will miss him. He kept the doors open during the pandemic. It was one of the few places that was open in town. He has kept the arts alive and accessible.
The art center is a wonderful space with painting, sculpture, and crafts beautifully displayed. Ken has helped keep artists in business for a long time. They come from all over the country, the state, as well as Los Alamos. He managed it in a professional way, putting in long hours of care and attention.
In addition, he helped run the summer art camp for children, the Wednesday afternoon classes for children, and many courses for both children and adults. He facilitated the figure drawing workshop that has been an art center tradition for many years.
He was instrumental in creating the merger with the arts council, a wise move in a precarious time. He trained new staff members.
Ken is an accomplished artist himself, often putting his art aside to accommodate and help other artists. We hope that now he will have more time to devote to his own art.
Fortunately he’s not leaving Los Alamos but can be found at Village Arts on DP Road. He and a great staff continue the tradition of keeping the arts alive and well. Their framing is superb. They supply a wide array of art and craft supplies for both adults and children.
Always kind, patient and understanding, Ken listens to artists. He listens to everyone.
Thank you Ken for being you.