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 Marcee Sarracino
Marcee Sarracino is one of the artists participating in the Los Alamos Studio Art Tour
“Art is my life and has always been my life,” Sarracino said. “From the age of 20 when I rented my first apartment, I’ve maintained an art room with a drawing table and an easel. I studied art at both the University of Denver and Fort Lewis College in Colorado, earning my Bachelors of Arts degree from Fort Lewis College. The year preceding my college graduation I opened my first pottery studio and launched my career as a fine artist in 1977.
“It has been my deliberate choice to live in places with outstanding visual beauty for my inspiration. The refreshing, expansive views from the mesa top and the close access to the outdoors prompted me to relocate 31 years ago in 1984 from Durango a place of magnificent beauty, to Los Alamos, another place of magnificent beauty.
“In 1984, my primary medium was high fired stoneware and porcelain clay. When I arrived in Los Alamos I immediately opened Mud-Dauber Pottery, which was a combined retail shop and studio in the Hilltop Shopping Center while continuing to maintain my successful wholesale business. Mud-Dauber Pottery proved to be a great success and provided me with an immediate home as an artist in the community.
“Within a few years I became a member of the Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board serving as a chairperson for two years. During those early years I also became a founding member of the original Los Alamos Artists Studio Tour and participated in that event for several years displaying both pottery and watercolor paintings as well as an occasional pastel piece. Since then I have been involved with numerous professional and volunteer organizations exhibited my work locally, regionally and nationally.
“In 1992 I changed directions and concentrated on painting, which was my second area of study while finishing my bachelor’s degree at Fort Lewis College. Over the next few years I worked in both watercolor and oil painting using whichever medium suited the subject matter best. I have worked steadily between watercolor and oil paints since then regularly showing my work through one person shows, small group shows and juried exhibitions.
“The integrity of my work is of high importance to me leading me to seek out materials that withstand the test of time. I utilize archival paper or canvas and light fast, permanent pigments in my paintings. I frame my own work with archival mounting and framing materials so to ensure the safest method possible in contributing to the preservation of my work.
Meet Michael Wieclaw (aka Metal)
Fuller Lodge Art Center is excited to welcome Burqeño artist Michael Wieclaw, aka Metal, as a fresh addition to the Fuller Lodge “Gateway to the Holidays” Arts & Crafts Fair.
Metal is a graphic designer, screen printer and illustrator awarded Best Visual Designer in Albuquerque The Magazine in 2012.
Metal The Brand (MTB) is the personal art of Wieclaw, a communications professional and people-adventurer in Albuquerque. The name Metal is Wieclaw’s nickname, which stuck through nearly a decade of touring/playing/working in the music industry. His personal art is comprised of Pop art, graphic illustration, screen-printing, apparel and molded toys and gummi snacks.
Best known for his Breakfast Zia sticker and apparel, Metal has a wide variety of unique colorful designs on both unisex and childrens’ apparel, as well as an array of stickers, prints, watercolor paintings and other things.
In January of 2013, the staff of the show Breaking Bad approached Wieclaw to design and print 800 shirts for the entire cast and crew. He still offers the Breaking Bad tribute t-shirt, which replaces the traditional heart shape with blue crystals to proclaim “I Love NM.”