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Riding Wooden Horses at Saturday's Art Show

on August 13, 2013 - 7:43am

This children couldn't resist taking a ride on the wooden horses created by Taos artist Juan Rivera during Saturday's Art and Crafts show at Fuller Lodge ... and of course their parents ended up buying them. Photo by Sandra Quintana

Rodeo royalty having fun from left, Princess Maria Gibson, Queen Rachel Larson and Sweetheart Maria Macginnes. Photo by Sandra Quintana


Pink Clouds Float Above Walnut Street

on August 13, 2013 - 6:55am

Colorfully illuminated clouds float above Walnut Street Monday. Photo by Bob Beberniss

Art Goes Outdoors with PEEC's 'Plein Air' Class

on August 10, 2013 - 7:16am

PEEC News:

Whether you consider yourself an artist, or you’ve never picked up a paint brush, the upcoming Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) “Plein Air” class will allow you to explore outdoor surroundings through art.

Dorothy Hoard will lead the “Plein Air” (outdoor) art session on Friday, Aug. 23. Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool, or at 10 a.m. at the Cerro Grande Trailhead on N.M. 4.

The area that the group will visit is an open forest with aspen and ponderosa trees and a nice collection of wildflowers.

Award Winning Teen Filmmaker Speaks to Rotary Club

on August 9, 2013 - 7:19am
Award-winning filmmaker, 17-year-old Samantha Filer speaks to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos on Aug. 6. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Samantha Filer, a 17-year-old  homeschooled home school student from Jemez Springs, received the Best of Festival Award in the statewide Desert Light Film Festival. She was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday, Aug. 6

Filer produced, edited  and directed “The Sword of Arundel,” a 56 minute drama with a Lord of the Rings feel.

'Salt and Pepper' on Stage in Taos

on August 9, 2013 - 7:10am
Brandon Santos and Silvana Neal perform in 'Warm Ashes,' one of seven one-acts that make up 'Salt and Pepper.' Courtesy photo

Staff Report

“Salt and Pepper,” written by local playwright, Robert F. Benjamin and directed by Jayne Aylesand Kay Peters Johnson, is a collection of short plays that celebrate aging with grace, courage and humor.

The play is on stage this weekend in Taos.

The play had its world premiere June 7 at the Toolshed Theatre in Dixon. The Taos production features the same cast and crew. It will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m.

Evelyn Campbell Wins Tapestry Excellence Award

on August 8, 2013 - 10:33am
'Sandhill Cranes over Pajarito Acres,' a tapestry by local fiber artist Evelyn Campbell, won the American Tapestry Alliance Award of Excellence. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The American Tapestry Alliance has announced that Evelyn Campbell from Los Alamos received the ATA Award for Excellence in Tapestry for her piece, "Sandhill Cranes over Pajarito Acres." 

Her tapestry was displayed July 26-28 at the "Celebration of Fiber" sponsored by Intermountain Weavers Conference at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo.


Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery Closing Doors Oct. 1

on August 7, 2013 - 6:53pm

ART News:

Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery at 1475 Central Ave. has announced it's closing its doors Oct. 1.

Most of its artists will keep their work in the gallery until Sept. 20 and owner Karen Wray encourages community members to start their holiday shopping early this year.

The gallery is open noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Wray intends to move to a studio space on East Gate Drive in Los Alamos. She plans to start oil painting classes again soon and also offer classes in other media.

Visit, for her class schedule or call

Arts and Crafts Fair Offers Something for Every Taste and Budget

on August 7, 2013 - 10:09am
Browsers at 2012 Arts and Crafts Fair. Courtesy photo

Monkey sock toys by Sandra Frentzel of Albuquerque. Courtesy photo


Arts and crafts fairs come in abundance. The one that will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Lodge lawn, however, is distinct.

The Fuller Lodge Art Center, established to celebrate artists, is running the show. The proceeds from booth sales go to help ensure the Center’s doors remain open. Everything else goes to the painters, sculptures, jewelers, weavers and other artists. It truly is all about the art.

Art Center Marketing Director


Scribble Works Reviews: 'Pacific Rim'

on August 6, 2013 - 8:04am

Naftali Burakovsky, left, and Lorenzo Venneri
Scribble Works Reviews

Pacific Rim: The Best Game of the Year

Guillermo del Toro, famous for his critically acclaimed contributions to Mexican cinema (Pan’s Labyrinth) and infamous for down and dirty action like Hellboy and Blade II, returns to the action arena with Pacific Rim, which we award an Alpha.

The story follows the pilots of giant war machines as they battle to overcome an alien threat from beneath the Pacific Ocean. Make no mistake, watching Pacific Rim will not change the way you think.

'Mud' Portrays Life on Arkansas Delta

on August 5, 2013 - 8:49am

Matthew McConaughey. Courtesy

Movie Review by KIRSTEN LASKEY

“Mud” requires patience. The film takes its time reaching the climax but don’t get antsy and walk out of the theater. You’ll be glad you didn’t.

The movie centers on two young teenage boys – Ellis and his friend, Neckbone – who live in a rural area of Mississippi. While exploring a small island in the Mississippi River, they come upon a boat that mysteriously wound up in a tree’s branches. They consider this to be the perfect hideout until the friends discover someone already inhabits it.

The boat’s inhabitant, Mud, is a

Opera Insider Presents Talk Today

on August 5, 2013 - 7:57am


Carl Newton, now in his 18th year as a docent volunteer for the Santa Fe Opera, will present a program on the Opera’s 57th Season at 10 a.m. today, Monday Aug. 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center (downstairs classroom.)

“Telling stories through opera performances in ways that capture the emotional imagination of each audience member is an art requiring many artistic skills,” Newton said. “From the creators of an opera through the team that produces the realization on stage, and the performing artists that the audience hears, each of this season’s operas will be examined.”



Peace's New Century Project Opens in Two Locations

on August 2, 2013 - 6:29am
Image from Peace's New Century Project by Masaru Tanaka and Betsie Miler-Kusz. Courtesy photo

FLAC News:

The Peace’s New Century Project will be exhibited in two locations during early August.

At Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, the exhibit is Aug. 5-10, with a reconciliation ceremony and reception Aug. 6. The ceremony is 4 p.m. followed by a 5-7 p.m. reception. At the Jemez Fine Art Gallery, 17346 N.M. 4 in Jemez Springs, the exhibit is Aug. 2-8, with a 1-4 p.m. reception Aug. 4.

The Peace’s New Century Project is a collaboration between Betsie Miller-Kusz of the Jemez Valley and


NMSA Launches New School Year

on July 31, 2013 - 8:59am

NMSA News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) state charter school launches its fourth year Aug. 12 with the largest student body to date: 212 students representing 37 communities throughout New Mexico.

This year, 70 new students will attend NMSA, coming from as far north as Taos and as far south as Las Cruces. The school experienced a surge in inquires and applications this school year from students wanting to attend NMSA.

“New Mexico School for the Arts is an extraordinary opportunity for young New Mexican artists.

Call for Artists for ‘Deep Into That Darkness Peering’

on July 30, 2013 - 10:58am

FLAC News:

Fuller Lodge Art Center announces its autumn show as the shadows lengthen and animals prepare for hibernation.

Consider Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos and all the ghost stories told around a campfire. Where does your personal darkness lead?

The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 30. The Opening Reception is Friday, Oct. 4.

Download the application here.


'The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe' Stars 24 Local Youth Aug. 2-3

on July 29, 2013 - 10:05am

Elise Chavez, 9, as Lucy and Cameron Haag, 10, as Tumnus. Photo by Tara Key

Filippo Delzanno, 10, as Edmund; Elise Chavez, 9, as Lucy; Lidia Appell, 10, as Susan and Ryan Rushton, 9, as Peter. Photo by Cindy Richard


"The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe stars 24 local youth who have been rehearsing for the stage play this summer at White Rock Baptist Church.

The production is an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe," and the actors range from 6 to 18 years old. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 and 2 p.m. Saturday. Aug.

Tunnel Near Roundabout Gets Makeover

on July 24, 2013 - 4:01pm
Community members repaint the tunnel near the Diamond Drive roundabout after 10 years. Courtesy photo
A group of Los Alamos women got together and re-painted the tunnel entrance near the roundabout on Diamond Drive Monday.
The tunnel was originally painted about 10 years ago with flowers. But time had taken its toll and the paint was deteriorating. Local resident Amy Storey worked with Perry Rutherford at the County to get the paint and have the wall power-washed.
Ericka Becker became involved in the project as the designer.

Author Stacia Lewandowski Will Discuss the History of the Santa Fe Art Scene

on July 24, 2013 - 12:15pm

Author Stacia Lewandowski will speak Thursday at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo


The third largest art market in the U.S. isn’t located on the East Coast, the West Coast or even in the Midwest.

It is right outside Los Alamos in Santa Fe. Just how did this city achieve this ranking? Stacia Lewandowski will explain during an Authors Speak lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at Mesa Public Library.

In her book, “Light, Landscape and the Creative Quest,” Lewandowski mainly focuses on the Anglo artists who journeyed to Santa Fe.


Artist Monika Kaden to Lead ‘Plein Air’ Painting Excursion

on July 24, 2013 - 8:25am
Santa Fe artist Monika Kaden will lead a PEEC-sponsored 'plein air' painting excursion Aug. 3. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Local artist and teacher Monika Kaden has teamed up with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to offer a “plein air” painting excursion on Aug. 3.

This class will allow participants to explore the Los Alamos landscape through art. The emphasis of the class is to have fun painting in a beautiful Los Alamos outside setting, while creating a unique and personal work of art.

“En plein air” is a French expression, which means “in the open air,” and it is used


Charlotte Keefe's Tribute to Frances Perkins at Toolshed Theatre Friday

on July 24, 2013 - 8:02am

Charlotte Keefe as Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in the Presidential Cabinet. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

“If A Door Opens, A Journey With Frances Perkins,” written and performed by Charlotte Keefe will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 at the Toolshed Theatre in Dixon.

The play is a tribute to one of the most important and influential women in the United States. Despite her incredible legacy of accomplishments, she is little known. That is why “If A Door Opens” is such an important play.

The play gives insight into this incredible woman through a series of stories

This Week at Mesa Public Library

on July 23, 2013 - 8:10am

  • Adult Summer Reading Program: Read a book, rate a book, put your rating card in the jar at Mesa or White Rock Branch to win great prizes (or just put in your two cents!) The program ends at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26.

  • Game Night: 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Upstairs Rotunda join the staff for games; bring your own or play ours. Children are welcome but not required!

  • Authors Speak: At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25 in the Upstairs Rotunda, Stacia Lewandowski will talk about her book and present a slide show from Light, Landscape, and the Creative Quest: Early Artists of Santa Fe.

Missoula Children's Theatre Casting Call: 'The Tortoise Versus The Hare'

on July 16, 2013 - 11:28am

LAAC News:

Missoula Children's Theatre is holding a casting call at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 22 at Crossroads Bible Church for The Tortoise Versus The Hare.

More than 50 roles will be cast for students entering first through twelfth grades. A parent/guardian must be with each child when registering in order to sign the permission form.

All auditioners should plan to attend the entire morning audition and, if selected, have an open calendar for the week of July 22-26, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and all day and evening Saturday, July 27. Audition is free.

New Book Honors Remarkable Women of Taos

on July 16, 2013 - 8:53am


TAOS— A new book celebrating the remarkable women of Taos – the focus of Taos' 2012 educational theme – will launch July 25, starting with a 5-8 p.m. autograph party free and open to the public.

Remarkable Women of Taos, published by Taos-based Nighthawk Press, contains profiles of 167 historic and contemporary women of Taos. The profiles were based on the questions of why there are so many remarkable women in Taos, and what it is about Taos that attracts and sustains so many women. The 316-page book is a compilation of content from the profiles written by


Book of the Year: 'Sun, Sticks and Mud'

on July 15, 2013 - 11:42am
Photograph from 'Sun, Sticks and Mud.' Photo by Steve Fitch

Staff Report:

ForeWord Reviews has announced the winners of the 2012 Book of the Year Awards.

Representing more than 600 publishers, the winners were selected after months of deliberation from 1,300 entries in 62 categories. The winners exemplify the best work coming from today’s independent, academic, and small press communities.

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, were determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers and announced at a special program at the American


Local Author Cary Neeper Recounts American Library Association Conference

on July 14, 2013 - 8:34am

Cary Neeper signs copies of 'The Webs of Varok' at the ALA Conference. Courtesy photo


About 26,000 people attended the June 28-July 1 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

At this huge gathering of librarians and teachers, book publishers and authors saw many roller carts filled with books pack the checkout stand near the front entrance of McCormick Place before the weekend came to a close. Some were giveaways, some half price and most probably destined for community and school libraries.

Out of hundreds of sessions,