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Rock Displays Fill Earth Treasure Show

on December 10, 2012 - 10:08am

Los Alamos Geological Society member Lisa Kratzer, right, assists a group of young people to create sand art, inspired by artist Robert Stoufer's work, during the society's Earth Treasure Show Saturday at the Masonic Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Martha Zumbro and Dave Bowman check out a display case Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society's Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Mary Thompson and Jan Studebaker admire some of the geological treasures on display Saturday at the Los Alamos Geological Society's Earth Treasure Show. Photo by Kirsten

Annual Creche Festival Offers Artistic Inspiration

on December 10, 2012 - 9:53am

Carol Neal's creche is on display at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Alamos Ward's creche festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Bryan and Ellen Spaulding check out the creche festival Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Mary Barrus looks at the nativity scenes displayed at the Los Alamos Ward. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Sally Cassil donated her nativity scene for the creche festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Lawry and Alice Mann donated their creche for the festival. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

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Art in Public Places Board Meets Dec. 12

on December 8, 2012 - 9:21am

Arctic bear by Jean Balagna is on display at Mesa Public Library. Courtesy photo

APPB News:

The Art in Public Places Board is set to meet 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Mesa Public Library in Upstairs Meeting Room #3.

The meeting is open to the public.



II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)

A. Approval of Minutes from Nov. 14, 2012
B. Welcome to new APPB Member(s)


The Coffee House Embraces Artistic Trend

on December 6, 2012 - 10:51am


The Coffee House in Los Alamos is joining a national trend by inviting local artists to showcase and sell their work at the restaurant in Mari-Mac Shopping Center.

"We are delighted to have local work at the Coffee House," owner Brian Booth said. "We have had a potter and a photographer here already and have a jewelry and a knitter this week."


Jeweler Patty Kokesh and knitter Maire O'Neill will be at the Coffee House from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Kokesh began working with leather craft at the age of 10 and expanded into other creative works such as silk ribbon

Holiday Open House at Fuller Lodge Art Center Saturday

on December 6, 2012 - 8:25am

FLAC News:

The community is invited to the Fuller Lodge Art Center Affordable Arts 2012 Holiday Open House this weekend.

On Saturday, we'll open at 10 a.m. and stay open through the Light Parade in the evening.

We will be serving hot cider and cookies all day.

If you love to bake, consider dropping off some of your home made cookies at the Art Center this week, so we can share them with the shoppers on Saturday!

'Tis the season to go shopping! At many stores you can expect to see the same kinds of things year after year, increasing the challenge of finding the perfect gift.

Shoplifting Drama Unfolds in Downtown Los Alamos

on November 29, 2012 - 1:55pm

Melissa Carpenter of Los Alamos is in jail charged with fourth degree felony shoplifting. Courtesy/LAPD

Staff Report

Police arrested Melissa Carpenter of Los Alamos Wednesday afternoon and charged her with shoplifting $250-$2,500 worth of merchandise, which is a fourth degree felony.

Carpenter, 36, was captured with the help of Deborah Stone-Richard, a native of Virginia, who is on an extended visit to Los Alamos.

Stone-Richard was volunteering Wednesday at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave., when she heard a crash of sales items on the floor. 

She saw that a woman, who turned

Udall: $275,000 in NEA Grants for NM Arts

on November 29, 2012 - 12:44pm
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that New Mexico will receive $275,000 in matching grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.)
The first major round of FY 2013 grants will help support nine music, theater and visual arts projects around the state.
“The arts are an important part of New Mexico’s culture, tradition and tourism economy,” Udall said. “These grants will provide valuable support for projects that both inspire and enrich our lives and make New Mexico a first-class destination for the arts.”
In this round of grants, the NEA will award over

New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más

on November 27, 2012 - 5:59am

Photo: La Chocolatera (Chocolate Storage Jar) by Camilla Trujillo and René Zamora

MIFA News:

The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más opens Dec. 9 and runs through Jan. 4, 2014 in the Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art.

This exhibition will tell the tale of the earliest cultural mestizaje (mixing) to take place in the Americas through food. The exhibition will highlight foods that originated in the New World and foods that were brought over from Europe via Spain and Asia via the Spanish Manila Galleons.

Several special sections in the exhibition highlight


Everything Christmas Sale Dec. 5

on November 27, 2012 - 5:57am


An Everything Christmas Sale is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The WCSS of the United Church is sponsoring the holiday event in Graves Hall on Rose Street.

Items available for purchase include:

  • Christmas lights;
  • Christmas trees;
  • Decorations;
  • Wreaths;
  • Cookie Cutters; and
  • Ornaments;
  • Trash to Treasures gently used items donated specifically for holiday giving; and
  • Bake Sale full of yummy Christmas goodies.

Christkindlmarket at Winterfest Dec. 8

on November 27, 2012 - 5:56am

DWM News:

Denver Wealth Management is hosting a Christkindlmarket in conjunction with Winterfest in the parking lot at Central Avenue and 15th Street.

The Christkindlmarket will run 5-9 p.m. Saturday Dec. 8 with vendors from all over Northern New Mexico showcasing a wide array of products available for purchase..

There will be several different styles of artists and jewelers, jams and jellies, craft foods, wood and metal works, clothing and accessories, arts and crafts and German style food and drink.

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy a brisk evening of festive atmosphere.

New Mexico Photographic Art Show Opens Dec. 1

on November 25, 2012 - 4:20am


Unique Holiday Shopping Available Now at Fuller Lodge Art Center's Affordable Arts Sale

on November 24, 2012 - 6:54am

By Kirsten Laskey

It is not the usual scene at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. When walking into the space, there is no definite show being displayed in the gallery.

What visitors are greeted with is the Affordable Arts Sale, a treat that only comes once a year.

The space has been cleared and filled with every type of art available. There isn’t a corner or niche in the place that isn’t displaying a piece of jewelry, a painted pottery bowl, a watercolor painting or other pieces of art.

“Everything from lamps to wall art,” Marketing Director Nancy Coombs said.

It is not just art being

Clark & Kendall's Weekend Preview: Nov. 21

on November 21, 2012 - 10:13am

This week's preview sponsored by

Community Turkey Meal 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Legion 1325 Trinity Drive. The meal is a free, but donations are accepted.

Turkey Day Town Tour 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22
Pajarito Complex (starting/ending point) 3400 Arizona Ave. Work up an appetite for the traditional holiday feast with this free, fun, no-commitment, low-stress, pre-feast mountain bike ride for all ages and abilities. The ride will use local trails. Participants can ride as much or as little as they like as there are plenty of bailout points along the way.

Village Arts Unveils Christmas Window

on November 21, 2012 - 9:44am

Diana Norwood of Yours Truly Dianas, 208 DP Road Ste. B, recently designed a Christmas scene in the window of Village Arts, 216 DP Road with the creativity to rival Macy's Department Store. The community is invited to stop by to view and photograph the Christmas scene. Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC

Photo by Katy Korkos/LACC



Artists Join Karen Wray for Ribbon Cutting

on November 20, 2012 - 7:37am

Owner Karen Wray is joined by several artists Friday evening as she cuts the ribbon on her new location for Karen Wray Fine Art, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125. From left, metal sculptor Richard Swenson, David Horpedahl, Wray, watercolor artist Secundino Sandoval, watercolor artist Ruth Tatter, metal sculptor David A. Trujillo and oil painting artist Sheridan Brown. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Julie Collins and David Trujillo. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members filled Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery for its grand opening celebration Friday evening.

Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Draws Hundreds

on November 18, 2012 - 10:10am

Lots of shopping took place at Saturday's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair at Crossroads Bible Church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Jewelry artist MJ Oref, owner of Earth Godess Enterprises, models her work during Saturday's Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

Staff Report

Hundreds of people shopped the Los Alamos Arts Council's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church.

The annual Holiday Fair is held indoors the Saturday before Thanksgiving and features more than 100 New Mexican artists whose work

‘WinterFest’ Kicks Off Holiday Fun Dec. 7-9

on November 17, 2012 - 9:41am

An elaborate Neapolitan presepio. Courtesy/


Winterfest 2012 begins Friday, Dec. 7 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 9.

WinterFest begins with the 19th annual Los Alamos Crèche Show, held annually on the first weekend of December.

“Crèches,” or nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, are prominently displayed by Los Alamos residents for all to see.

Because Los Alamos’ residents come from all over the world, there is always a myriad of beautiful crèches on display.

The show takes place 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and again 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the

Sarah Worley Wins Logo Contest

on November 16, 2012 - 9:22am
Sarah Worley with her award winning design. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
Sarah Worley, 10, of Piñon Elementary School, has won the 2012 CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot logo contest. 
The following young artists submitted logos to the contest:
  • Second place: Alexis Garcia
  • Third place: Katie Laintz
  • Fourth place: Janessa Gonzales
  • Honorable mentions include Dara Armstrong, Allegra Dougherty, Karin Ebey, Makenna Ellsworth, Duncan Fuehne, Koya Fuke, Eva Gerrish and Kalen Melton.

To participate in the CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot, arrive between 1:15-1:45 p.m this Sunday Nov.

Festival of Trees at Betty Ehart Saturday

on November 16, 2012 - 9:08am

Photo by Chad Lauritzen

By Bernadette Laurizen

The place to be this Saturday is right in the heart of downtown as Los Alamos MainStreet hosts the 10th annual Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The four-hour festival of fun is just the thing to get into the holiday spirit. The day holds a bevy of holiday trees, decorations, wreaths and more all available by silent auction.

A bake sale and holiday poinsettias will add to the mini mall experience - allowing for one stop shopping. A craft fair will feature jewelry vendors and so much more.

“Also available are holiday decor

Saturday's Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Offers Unique Shopping Opportunities

on November 16, 2012 - 7:38am

LAAC News:

The Los Alamos Arts Council is presenting its annual Holiday Arts and Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

The new venue for this year's fair is the Crossroads Bible Church, Hwy 502, East Entry to Los Alamos, between Hilltop House Hotel and the Airport, south side of road.

Community members are invited to seize this opportunity to do all of their holiday shopping at this event, plus benefit an organization that brings to town numerous events throughout the year, such as Brown Bag Concerts, Kite Festival, Pumpkin Glow and Coffeehouse.

The Los Alamos Arts Council has

Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts

on November 16, 2012 - 6:18am

Amish Quilt. Courtesy/MIFA

Plain Geometry: Amish Quilts explores the origins and aesthetics of a tradition that has evolved in a changing world.

Opening at the Museum of International Folk Art Sunday, March 3, 2013, 34 quilts will be on view from the museum’s collection and from local collectors.

These remarkably crafted textiles illustrate the influence of religious proscriptions, westward migration, and interaction with "English" neighbors. The exhibition runs through Sept. 1, 2013.

The Amish practice a very conservative form of Protestantism.


Mother-Daughter Artists Gear Up For Saturday's Holiday Fair

on November 15, 2012 - 12:59pm
Jeanne Robinson, left, and her daughter Elise Koskelo are local fiber artists who will feature their one-of-a-kind work at the Los Alamos Arts Council Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at Crossroads Bible Church Saturday. Courtesy photo
Staff Report
A mother-daughter team of local fiber artists, Elise Koskelo and Jeanne Robinson, are featuring their one-of-a-kind work from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Los Alamos Arts Council Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at Crossroads Bible Church.
Elise Koskelo of Blueprint Wraps offers hand loomed wraps, shawls, capes and scarves in a myriad of

Ward’s Beaded Jewelry at Karen Wray Fine Art

on November 14, 2012 - 8:46am

Photo: Beaded bracelet by artist Chris Ward

By Mandy Marksteiner

In the mid nineties, Chris Ward attended a craft show in Owatonna, Minn. In one of the craft show booths she saw a fabulous beaded bracelet that she absolutely loved.

She wanted to give it to her mother, but was afraid that the colors weren’t quite right.

Instead of forgetting about the bracelet and buying her mom a gift card, she took a class with the woman who made the bracelet, and fell in love with beading.

Photo: Artist Chris Ward

Ward quickly became an expert at making bracelets, necklaces and earrings using a


Girl Scouts Host Holiday Bazaar Nov. 17

on November 11, 2012 - 6:54am

Arts In Public Places Board Meets Nov. 14

on November 11, 2012 - 6:52am