The Coffee House Embraces Artistic Trend


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 embroidery, knitting, sewing, wood carving, metal work, candles, stained glass, calligraphy, chain maille, viking knit and more. She is an artist-in-residence at Fuller Lodge Art Center and has participated in local craft shows over the years. Kokesh also manages the all-volunteer Friends of Mesa Public Library Bookstore.

O’Neill has been knitting since she was seven years old. A native of Ireland, she enjoys knitting fun items and seeing people wear her work. O’Neill was the first person to “yarn bomb” in Los Alamos, having decorated the tree by Fuller Lodge Art Center several times and was the portal gallery artist for Affordable Arts in 2010. She has coordinated and participated in craft fairs throughout the area. O’Neill is the attendance secretary at Los Alamos High School.

Artists interested in being added to the Saturday schedule at the Coffee House should call Booth, 662-2233.

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