By Nancy Coombs
Three summers ago, Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted a week-long exhibit of children’s artwork after Summer Art Camp, with the art hung in the regular Exhibit Gallery.
The show was so popular that it has become an annual tradition. Now the Art Center is expanding the concept of student art shows by offering a two-week exhibit of adult student work from Jan. 11 through Jan. 26.
Stained glass lamp by Patricia Kokesh. Courtesy/FLAC
Show Some Class will feature more than 100 works by students, their teachers and also works produced in art groups that meet at the Art Center or Village Arts on DP Road.
It’s hard to believe that the four stained glass lampshades on display are student works, but that’s a testament to the skills of teacher Fran Stoval. Stoval first learned the art of stained glass in 1992 at the Art Center, and she has been asked to teach classes every year since 1998.
Students Patricia Kokesh, Renida Carter, Louise Hassman and Kandy Frame all show stained glass lampshades completed with Stoval’s guidance.
Stoval herself will display a variety of work reflecting the stained glass and mosiac classes she teaches. She began creating mosaics a few years ago and now teaches the craft to children and adults.
“Mountains of small leftover glass needed to be repurposed and what better way than to cover objects in glass designs?” Stoval said.
Student Doris Jackson shares a striking mosaic piece that she made this fall in a one day workshop with Stoval.
Ceramics classes are very popular at the Art Center, with two teachers offering classes this fall. Casey Greenling, a native of Los Alamos, currently manages the ceramics studio, coordinating firing times and scheduling.
Greenling trained as a ceramics artist, and gained a wealth of knowledge about glazes while working at Coyote Clay.
Gloria Gilmore-House took her first pottery class at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in 1999 and “hasn’t looked back.” She enjoys experimenting with different clay bodies, firing techniques, decorative styles from slip trailing, carving, faceting and altering hand built as well as wheel thrown pieces.
Gilmore-House will show a marvelous stoneware teapot that is like a doughnut with a spout.
Works by several students illustrate how even beginners can produce quality work within a semester’s study.
The welding class offered last fall by Gilbert Candelaria proved to be as exciting as it was popular. Candelaria creates art from recycled objects and metal ‘junk.’
“I’ve taken the challenge of taking mundane objects and turning them into whimsical, unique and inspirational works of art,” Candelaria said.
In his two-day workshops, Candelaria teaches students how to cut metal with a torch and how to solder and weld these metal pieces together into their own creations.
He provides the masks, gloves and welding equipment, and students send sparks flying. Most of the students enjoyed welding so much that they plan to take another workshop in the spring.
Other classes are represented as well, including watercolor, oil, charcoal drawing, copper enameling and even “life casting” or making molds of body parts to cast in plaster.
The Los Alamos Photography Club hosts an annual photography exhibit every February at Mesa Public Library, which is open to everyone living or working in Los Alamos.
The group meets once a month in the Art Center classrooms and in Show Some Class, half a dozen members display photographs.
They hope to interest others in joining the group.
Teapot by Gloria Gilmore-House. Courtesy/FLAC
Members of three other art groups are sharing work in the show. These groups always accept new members, as well as providing instruction.
Beader Babes meets once a month, with a different member each month giving the group a lesson on a particular kind of beading.
The Saturday Woodcarvers take advantage of the full woodworking shop at Village Arts, and under the guidance of Rick Nebel, have learned how to make wooden decoy ducks and intricate walking sticks among other things.
The Los Alamos Life Drawing Group meets Wednesday evenings and Sundays to draw from live models, sometimes clothed, sometimes nude.
For more information about these groups, visit the Art Center’s website: fullerlodgeartcenter.com, call the Art Center at 662-1635, or stop by 2132 Central Ave., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The Art Center hopes Show Some Class will awaken the creative urge in some of those who view the work. A new series of classes will begin in February, both one-day workshops and multi-week classes.
Many of the teachers will be at the exhibit reception 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Stoval and Gilmore-House will do demonstrations throughout the afternoon in the ceramics studio.
The public is invited to mingle with students, teachers and club members while snacking on light refreshments.