Neher: Spring Into Reflection And Inspiration

Jason Kimmel’s artwork. Courtesy photo

Ellen Mancini’s artwork. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director

During these tumultuous times, it is such great relief that there are plenty of ways to find solace, community and “place” in Los Alamos. The Arts Council provides myriad ways that people in the community can connect, be expressive, and find inspiration in artistic endeavors. The arts can help you manage the stress of living in a busy society.

Whether you are an artist or an art lover, or both (!), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5 the Arts Council will hold the annual Spring Arts Fair, on the lawn of Fuller Lodge. Come, relax and join us for this free event that will display the creative work of about 70 artists from around New Mexico and neighboring states. This well-attended annual event is a great place to purchase that special Mother’s Day (or Father’s Day) gift. You will find the art at this year’s fair to be especially thought provoking and inspiring, and at a high level of artistry. To the discerning public, we have tipped our hats!

The popular Arts on Tap forum series, on May 7, will feature a local artist, Jocelyn Warner. By day, Jocelyn works for the County at Fuller Lodge in the scheduling office. During other hours of the day, she is creating paintings, sculpture, and collages of found objects, and discovering new ways to be expressive.  Her unique artistry will be on display and talked about in the short forum, Art on Tap, from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, May 7 at UnQuarked (145 Central Park Square).

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Kay Newnam (violinist) has brought back the very popular Coffee House series of classical music combined with libation, socialization, and tasty pastries. May 13 the Coffee House presents a High Tea and Concert at Fuller Lodge.  Other musicians to join Kay Newnam include; Danny DeSantis, viola, Erika Duke, cellist, Jacquelyn Helin, piano, and Patrick Neher, contrabass. The exciting music program will include the ever popular “Trout” Quintet of Franz Schubert, as well as music by Bach, Mozart, and Neher.  

You can buy tickets at CB Fox ($30/$25/$15). Again, the date is Mother’s Day, May 13.  At 4 p.m., there will be High Tea, then at 5 p.m., the music begins. We anticipate this being a sold out celebration, so come join us in honoring all mothers, and get your tickets as soon as possible at CB Fox.

Then, on May 19 and 20 the Arts Council’s annual Kite Festival will grace the fields of Overlook Park in White Rock. The spectacular sights of kites flying high over the canyons, grassy parks and residences of White Rock is always fun and inspiring, and fills peoples’ hearts with imagination!  You can paint and build, and participate in demonstrations and lessons – all for free. Of course there is plenty of time to fly your kite, individually or in groups.

We don’t allow any drones! Only air-powered kites.  So come to the Kite Festival and enjoy our annual, popular and community-building event. That’s noon to 5 p.m., May 19 and 20, at the White Rock Overlook Park soccer fields. Enjoy kite building workshops, professional kite flying demonstrations, kite “hospital,” and food vendors. Whew! That’s May for the Arts Council, and there will be more events in June and July. See our website for all details (, then come join us to celebrate a summer full of artful “escape!”

Kay Newnam. Courtesy photo

Kite Festival. Courtesy photo

Jocelyn Warner. Courtesy photo