Two Great Art Events Oct. 16-18: Part 10

Junk-a-licious Art by Gilbert Candelaria. Courtesy photo
ART News:
Oct. 16-18 is Art Weekend in Los Alamos! Both the 2015 Los Alamos Studio Tour and the Gateway to the Holidays Arts and Crafts Fair will take place that weekend. The Los Alamos Daily Post is featuring artists from both events leading up to the Tour and Fair.
The 2015 Studio Tour is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. There will be an artists’ reception 5-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Samples of all artists’ work will be on display throughout the weekend in the Pajarito Room at historic Fuller Lodge.
The Fuller Lodge “Gateway to the Holidays” Arts & Crafts Fair runs 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at Crossroads Bible Church. A list of particating artists and their work can be viewed at
Junk-a-licious art by Gilbert Candelaria. Courtesy photo
Junk-a-licious art by Gilbert Candelaria. Courtesy photo
Threesome by Gilbert Candelaria. Courtesy photo
Meet Gilbert Candelaria’s Junk-a-licious Recycled Art
If you spot a three foot tall metal peacock painted with colorful iridescence, chances are it’s recycled art made by Gilbert Candelaria. He builds birds from golf putters and tools and flying pigs from gas canisters.
He finishes his pieces with water color acrylics, airbrush, spray paints and for boldness automotive spray paints. “I love to show the beauty of junk objects with a touch of color.”
Candelaria works independently using old school metal working, blacksmith and welding techniques. Although he works mostly with steel junk objects, he sometimes also incorporates glass and some wood in his creations. His creations are all handmade one at a time and “created with tons of passion.”
le drive bird by Gilbert Candelaria. Courtesy photo
The range of his subjects seem limitless, from mini-garden critters, to whimsical appliance night lights to unique custom works of art.
For almost two decades Candelaria has been a part of art festivals and galleries, but he particularly enjoys custom orders. “Many clients have told me they were inspired by my creations and my whimsical take on art.”
Some of his custom orders include mail box sculptures, garden sculptures, business signs, colorful home décor, practical items and various murals.
The mission of Candelaria’s Junk-a-licious Art is to promote the colorful, elegant side of the Recycled and Upcycled Arts. There is no doubt he is on a successful journey.
Meet Julie Smith
My earliest art memory is of sitting at the kitchen table with my mom and my crayons; she was teaching me to draw the single pine tree branch we could see through the kitchen window. The branch was brown and black, the needles were simple green lines.
The branch became real with just those simple lines. It is a treasured memory for me, but if you ask my mom today, a talented artist herself, she’d probably tell you it was her way of keeping me quiet so my little sisters could nap.
Aster by Julie Smith. Courtesy photo
All through school, if anyone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always “an artist”. I didn’t really know what it meant at the time, but it was a feeling and a general idea. Today, I work a full-time job, not in the art world, to support my art ideas and creative projects.
Today my art, like my other interests, is varied, not limited to one medium over another. I work in oil paint, acrylic, ink, wood, beads, etc. This year, I’m also working on combining paint and fabric on canvas.
Sometimes my work tells a story, sometimes it’s just an image, sometimes it’s an idea that came to me in a dream. Whatever it is I’m working on, the fact that I can happily, completely lose track of time while working on it tells me I’m doing what I should be doing, making art.
Orange by Julie Smith. Courtesy photo
Richard’s sky by Julie Smith. Courtesy photo
Luann’s wall crawler by Julie Smith. Courtesy photo
Hollyhock by Julie Smith. Courtesy photo