Two Great Art Events Oct. 16-18: Part 13

Cowl necked sweater by Jeanne Marie Robinson. 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


Hat by Jeanne Marie Robinson. Courtesy photo

Meet Jeanne Marie Robinson

Jeanne Marie Robinson of Corky and Dode Designs is a life-long knitter who loves to work with color and texture.

She combines her knowledge of knitting and crocheting techniques to create unique, wearable fiber art. She designs and makes hand knit Nordic and Southwest patterned hats that are fleece lined for extra warmth.

She also offers cowl necks, scarves, and fingerless gloves. Her crocheted shrugs and capes are great for a chilly office–pair them with a vintage pin from her eclectic collection.  

Robinson will be sharing her studio space with her daughter, Elise Anne Koskelo. 


Lanyards by Jill Neu. Courtesy photo


Meet Jill Neu

Jill Neu takes the tedium out of wearing a name badge to work. Her lanyards come in many colors different designs, allowing people to express a bit of individuality while sporting their corporate identity.

Neu started designing and making lanyards a little over 15 years ago, first as a family favor. Her sister, a nurse, began working at a different hospital where they gave her a name badge hanging on plastic tubing. The plastic bothered her sister, and she asked Neu to make her a lanyard. “A what?” asked Neu. Once she learned what it was, Neu bought materials and made one.

Her sister sold that first lanyard to someone she met at the grocery store who loved it. Neu made more and her sister sold them at work to coworkers. Next someone at Lovelace Hospital asked if she would participate in their craft show that benefited United Way. That was Neu’s first show. She met other vendors who told her about other shows and it’s been show after show since!

Neu uses a 49 strand stainless steel, nylon coated wire, which is strong and flexible, with only glass beads, other natural beads or crystals. Her southwest four corner cross-style is the most popular. She will convert any lanyard into a break-away by adding a small magnet in the back.

Besides lanyards, Neu also fashions eyeglass necklaces by replacing the lanyard’s split ring with eyeglass holder pieces. She offers necklaces and lariat necklaces with similar designs to the lanyards, as well as matching earrings.

Neu says, “People like to have a variety of lanyards because it’s like wearing jewelry. I love at the shows in Los Alamos; people come early to get the best pick of the lanyards. Many are repeat customers who just want some new styles. They tell me my lanyards last for years.”