LAAC Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair Saturday

Photo by Jay Sturdevant, a Santa Fe based photographer. Courtesy/LAAC
 
High fired stoneware created by artist Jarrett West. Courtesy/LAAC
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Arts Council’s (LAAC) Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is getting a bit of a makeover although its new look may seem familiar.

After several years of holding the fair at Crossroads Bible Church, the event is returning to the Los Alamos Middle School, which had hosted the event before construction of the new school began. This year’s arts and crafts fair is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday. LAAC Executive Director Marlane Hamilton said about 100 booths will be featured at the fair.

Vendors including Artist Mary Val Whitesides of Albuquerque are participating in the fair. Whitesides creates vintage items from quilts. Hamilton said she had regularly attended LAAC’s holiday fairs but was not able to participate in recent ones. “So people can look forward to seeing her again,” Hamilton said.

Greg Gowen of Studio G7 will also sell his art. “He does great decorative copper art for walls,” Hamilton said, adding that Gowen has sold his work during LAAC’s spring arts and crafts fair but this will be his debut at the holiday fair. “People will look to seeing his items for sale,” Hamilton said.

A few new faces also will be at the fair. Artist Sue Harrison is a newcomer as is Diana Kirkpatrick who creates jewelry. “She calls it art you can wear,” Hamilton said.

Another new artist is Barbara Nothwang of Rio Rancho. “She does something kind of different,” Hamilton said. She creates “puzzled art,” or paintings that are cut into different puzzle pieces and fitted together, as well as actual puzzle games and shelves that are made solely out of wooden puzzle pieces.

Jay Sturdevant is a Santa Fe based photographer that has traveled extensively around the world and New Mexico itself. New to this year’s fair, his images depict exotic cultures and environments on land and underwater. Selling framed and unframed giclee, chromagenic and aluminum prints in a variety of sizes and prices.

In addition to various forms of art being sold at the fair, food will be available for purchase from Houdini’s Magic Kettle Corn and David’s Dogs and Platero Navajo Fry Bread and Tacos.

Plus, “holiday music will be in the air,” Hamilton said.

The holiday arts and crafts fair is a long-standing tradition in Los Alamos. It has run for 47 years. It is also a juried fair; Hamilton said this ensures that the art being sold is good quality. Besides helping shoppers be able cross of items on their holiday shopping lists, the fair also serves as a fundraiser for LAAC. Booth fees help ensure the organization’s numerous events including the Pumpkin Glow and Kite Festival continue.

Hamilton encourages the community to come check out the fair because LAAC “works hard to provide a really good fair to the community.” She added, “We invite the community to join us Nov. 22 at the middle school for holiday shopping.”

 
Reticulated silver ring with gold foil and citrine designed by jewelry artist Diana Kirkpatrick. Courtesy/LAAC
 
High fired stoneware created by artist Jarrett West. Courtesy/LAAC

Silver amethyst cross designed by jewelry artist Diana Kirkpatrick. Courtesy/LAAC

Photo by Jay Sturdevant, a Santa Fe based photographer. Courtesy/LAAC

High fired stoneware created by artist Jarrett West. Courtesy/LAAC

Photo by Jay Sturdevant, a Santa Fe based photographer. Courtesy/LAAC

High fired stoneware created by artist Jarrett West. Courtesy/LAAC

Photo by Jay Sturdevant, a Santa Fe based photographer. Courtesy/LAAC

High fired stoneware created by artist Jarrett West. Courtesy/LAAC

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