The Los Alamos Arts Council’s (LAAC) Spring Arts and Crafts Fair is a long-standing tradition in Los Alamos. Each year, the local nonprofit organization strives to present the community with an event that features quality and variety.
“We try very hard to make sure the quality of the artists is high and also unique,” LAAC Vice President Lori Dauelsberg said.
This year’s fair, which is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn, will continue the streak of offering really great art to the community.
Potter Vicki Conley will sell her stoneware, decorative horsehair and raku pottery. Amelia Rivard Williams is a self-taught artist who will sell her jewelry, which features gemstones, beads, crystals and metals.
If shoppers feel hungry, Marianne and George Schweers are returning to the outdoor arts and crafts fair with their Heart of the Desert pistachio nuts, cookies and candies. Arik Glesne from Bee Chama Honey will participate in the fair along with the Chuckwagon Café.
Crowd enjoying a previous Spring Arts and Crafts Fair. Courtesy/LAAC
The fair is not just for grownups. Children will be able to enjoy bouncy houses and the opportunity to make their own arts and crafts at the First Baptist Church’s booth. Their artwork could be given as presents for Mother’s Day, Dauelsberg said.
Regardless of age, the goal of the arts and crafts fair is to have fun. Dauelsberg said, “We want people to have the opportunity to have a good time in town.”
The fair gives shoppers the chance to buy art from the very people who created it and since some artists come in from out-of-state, it is an opportunity to get pieces that are not typically seen in town, she added. Plus, the event promotes shopping locally.
The Arts and Crafts Fair is also a chance to help promote LAAC. There will be a table at the event for people who are interested in becoming a member of LAAC. Members will be treated to free coffee and doughnuts while treats last.
LAAC provides a wide variety of events to the community such as the Kite Festival, Pumpkin Glow, Missoula Children’s Theater, Brown Bag shows and the Fuller Lodge Open House during the holidays. Booth fees from the arts and crafts fair help LAAC host these activities for the community.