The Los Alamos Arts Council (LAAC) will host its annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday at Los Alamos Middle School.
The arts and crafts fair is a tradition in the community; the arts council has hosted this event close to 50 years. Shoppers can purchase everything from jewelry, paintings and photography to metal, wood and pottery. Work by local artists Robert Winkel and Kathy Creek will be among the wares showcased at the fair. Winkel makes bowls and pens and a variety of other objects from wood while Creek makes electric guitars and shoulder straps.
Featured at the fair will be many returning artists such as Laurie Schell with her popular hand-painted egg shells.
Gary and Corrine Louis, award winning artists from the Pueblo of Acoma, are also returning with their pottery, which is a tradition in their family. Their four children also work in the family pottery business. Gary and Corrine invented a style called “horse hair pottery.” It took many years of trial and error until they mastered this technique which has become very popular. They also do other traditional styles of Acoma pottery.
Besides returning artists, newcomers will be at the fair including David Davis with his luxury, handmade candles. His Belladonna Candles are created one at a time using only the finest ingredients available.
Other new artists are Dianne Pola and Robin Cunningham who make freeze-proof artistic pots, planters and garden art. Additionally, they make beeswax candles in many different designs.
Food and beverages will be sold at the arts and crafts fair; Dora Platera will serve up Navajo Fry Bread, Navajo tacos, veggie tacos, burgers and chips.Senor Tacowill also be at the fair with tacos, burritos, posole, chile rellenos, tamales, horchata and hot cocoa.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be offered by students as a fundraiser for the Los Alamos High School Debate Club. Plus, the ever popular Houdini’s Kettle Corn will again be at the fair.
The fair is a major fundraising event for LAAC. Proceeds from booth rental fees are used to present cultural programs throughout the year. In the past year, the nonprofit council has presented more than 50 arts-related programs, which include the annual Kite Festival, Missoula Children’s Theater and Brown Bag performances at Fuller Lodge. To help further support the organization, LAAC will also sell raffle tickets for a sculpture by Greg Gowen during the holiday fair. The sculpture will be displayed at the registration table. Tickets are $5 or $20 for five. The arts council also will sell its 50th anniversary tote bags.
Another way to support the arts council is by becoming a member. Memberships cost $15 for individuals. Membership registration will be available during the fair. For more information, call 505.663.0477 or visit www.losalamosartscouncil.org/.