Two Great Art Events Oct. 16-18: Part 3

Pendant by jeweler Melody Sauceda, one of the artists taking part in the Gateway to the Holidays Arts and Crafts Fair. 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 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at Crossroads Bible Church. A list of particating artists and their work can be viewed at .

Meet Jeweler Melody Sauceda

When Melody Sauceda was a young girl she loved collecting shells and stones that would find their way into her mom’s hand crafted jewelry. She learned to cut the shells and then the stones and finally her mother introduced her to the art of bezel wrapping and she began creating her own designs. Today Sauceda’s children help her in these tasks, continuing the family tradition.

Sauceda herself is now a master jewelry maker, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate designs symbolizing family, nature, life and divine patterns. In addition to shells and stones, she is fond of using fossilized mammoth tusk from Alaska. This ivory can be carved with intricate detail; her eagle heads include fluidly detailed feathers and beaks.

As a member of the Ma-Chis Nation, Sauceda places importance in honoring her heritage and preserving her culture. She finds designing, cutting and shaping jewelry becomes meditative, as well as providing a means of working while staying home with her children. Her signature pieces include leaf and vine embellishments, all of which she creates.

Sauceda mainly works with sterling silver, although she enjoys working with gold upon request. She enjoys taking in commissions and designing personal pieces for customers incorporating their requested styles and stones. Collectors of fine Native American jewelry will appreciate the coral, turquoise, lapis and mother-of-pearl inlay in Sauceda’s Monarch Jewelry collection.

Sauceda not only does it all, she does it well.

Earrings by Melody Sauceda. Courtesy photo
Pendant by Meldoy Sauceda. Courtesy photo
Meet Glass Artist Fran Stoval

Versatility is what Fran Stoval likes about being an artist. Trained in graphic design at Weber State College and working many years as an illustrator, she and finally turned her attention to creating fine art. 

She discovered pastels and studied pastels painting techniques at the University of New Mexico, as well as taking workshops. She is now a signature member of the New Mexico Pastel Society.

In 1999 Stovall was in the process of updating her home and decided to create stained glass piece for her front door. She took a workshop and before she knew it she was using her graphic design background and her computer skills to create amazing stained glass panels.

In 2009 she started doing mosaics. It helped her use up some of her mountain of small leftover glass that needed to be repurposed and what better way than to cover objects in glass designs.

Stoval shows her work in her gallery and studio on Canyon Road in Los Alamos and at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. She creates custom stained glass window panels for homes.

In the spring and fall she teaches stained glass workshops at the Fuller Lodge Art Center. Check out her website for dates and times at

The Lone Raven by Fran Stoval. Courtesy photo
The Pharoh’s Cat by Fran Stoval. Courtesy photo
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