Two Great Art Events Oct. 16-18: Part 11

Painting at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Painting at UNM-LA. 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 http://fullerlodgeartcenter.com/Fair_Fall2015.

Meet Artist and Teacher Patrick Harris

For the 7th stop on the tour, visitors are invited to visit the Fine Arts department at UNM-LA.

Patrick Harris teaches the Painting Class and will feature works from himself as well as Santana Bartholomew, Chelsea Cantrup, Courtney Carson, Samantha DeWulf, Benjamin Hanlon, Sabria Hankins, Jennifer Hernandez, Nels Krakowski, Jesse Lewis, Matthew Lopez, Elizabeth McNaughton, Aline Parliman, Katie Pecos, Bonnie Peterson, Kathryn Pocaterra, Bianca Ponce, Angel Ponce Calderon, Jacqueline Quintana, August Sandoval, Jenna Trujillo, Elannah Venhaus, and Patti Wills.

Barbara Yarnell teaches the Ceramics Class and will feature works from herself as well as Cathy Chapman, Anfernee Casados, Alicia Hammer, Carol Furchner, and Rick Trujillo.

“The art faculty is dedicated to helping  students develop their poetic capabilities in a variety of media. Each instructor is a practicing professional artist and willing to share their skill and expertise with students on a one-to-one basis. We care about the art you make and we care about you.”

Painting at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Ceramics at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Ceramics at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Ceramics at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Ceramics at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Painting at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo

Meet San Ildefonso Potter Jeanne Gonzales

For Jeanne Gonzales, making pottery includes a spiritual component. “I always give thanks to the spirits when I make a new batch of pottery, and ask for guidance that each piece comes out good.” Gonzales is from San Ildefonso Pueblo and has devoted her summers to making pottery for the past 20 years.

Gonzales learned the centuries old tradition of pottery making from her father Lorenzo Gonzales. Her mother Dolores Gonzales was from the Winnebago Indian tribe in Nebraska. Gonzales says that of the seven children in the family, “almost all of us know the art of making pottery, and other arts and crafts.”

Each piece Gonzales makes is first hand coiled, then etched out and painted in with mica to give it a sparkle effect. She also adds some turquoise or coral stones to her pieces. She still uses some of the tools that her father used, including his polishing stones and his paring knife. “Someday I will hand these down to my grandkids also.”

Gonzales has been actively showing her work in the Southwestern Association for Indian Art (SWAIA) for the last 15 years. She is looking forward to sharing her work in Los Alamos where she will share a booth with her grandson Jonathan Gonzales. “My grandson is keeping the tradition alive. He has been making pottery since the young age of four years old; he is now 17 years old. He also does drawings.”

Pottery by Jeanne Gonzales. Courtesy photo

Pottery by Jeanne Gonzales. Courtesy photo

Pottery by Jeanne Gonzales. Courtesy photo

Blanket by Jeanne Gonzales. Courtesy photo

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