Two Great Art Events Oct. 16-18: Part 12

Designs by Elise Koskelo. Courtesy photo

Designs by Elise Koskelo. 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

Meet Artist Elise Anne Koskelo

Elise Koskelo is a young local artist who started knitting with her mom in the 2nd grade.
She loves architecture, language, and the arts as well as engineering! Over the years, she has created many unique designs ranging from the cape style to the stole style. As a high school senior this year, Koskelo is looking forward to college where she plans to study an artistically-combined major, archeogeoengineering.”
Elise Anne currently shows her work at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. In 2015, she was also recognized by the National Young Arts Foundation for Exceptional Artistic Achievement in Design Arts.

Meet Woodworker Olaf Heintz – The Wabi Sabi Of A Rocking Chair

Socorro woodworker Olaf Heintz has his own saw mill and says, “I am able to bring an aspect of materials not commercially available: live edges, spalting, wild grain and knots that give so much character to each piece. This past year I have pursued even more of a ‘wabi sabi’ design philosophy, using the ‘perfection’ of the material in the design.”

Heintz applies his skill to the creation of original pieces using beautifully finished natural materials and does not limit himself to a specific type of object. From furniture to jewelry shelves, his work is all original design with an emphasis on organic shapes.

“I consider how an object fills its space, keeping the design simple and basic, unadorned, with the joinery exposed. I strive to pursue an elegant simplicity in my furniture designs.”

Heintz builds tiered cutting boards that serve as a cutting board when flat and then can be propped up to serve as a bread basket. He has a unique version of a coat rack on which the pegs are shaped like dolphins built of layers that can swing out separately to hold scarves. But what he most loves to see is people fall in love with his chairs.

“I get many compliments on my chair’s unique design and comfort, and an appreciation that this is obviously not manufactured, but a handcrafted individual piece. People recognize the care and thought that has gone into every aspect of the design and often say so. These are all reasons to bring one home.”


Chair designed by Olaf Heintz. Courtesy photo
Cutting board designed by Olaf Heintz.mCourtesy photo
Cabinet designed by Olaf Heintz. Courtesy photo