Two Great Art Events Weekend Of Oct. 16-18

‘Flower Shirt Eagle Man’ is by Victor Vigil, one of the artists who will take part in the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s ‘Gateway to the Holidays’ Arts & 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 will feature artists from both events leading up to the Tour and Fair, beginning today.

The 2015 Studio Tour will be held 10 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 the 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 Artist Victor Vigil

World renowned sculptor Victor Vigil from Jemez Pueblo will be sharing his work Oct. 17 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Fall Arts and Crafts Fair.

Having participated in the SWAIA Indian Market competition in Santa Fe since 1981, Vigil has won awards 13 times including Best of Show in 2007. His stone sculptures portray traditional native men and women as well as animals. Styles vary from quite realistic to abstractions that capture subtle nuances of form. He draws inspiration from things he sees and things he imagines, saying that he has many more ideas than he would ever have time to produce.

Vigil works with alabaster, soapstone, marble and limestone, and prefers to work outdoors whenever possible. In 1978 a friend who went to art school challenged him to try carving. Vigil didn’t expect to like it but to his surprise he immediately fell in love with the process and soon learned to “communicate with the stone.”

The largest piece Vigil ever produced was a sculpture of a woman carrying a baby that was about 5 1/2 feet tall. That piece went to a gallery in Scottsdate, Ariz. Although many of his pieces are a larger table-top size, he also makes smaller sculptures. The last time he participated in an Arts & Crafts fair in Los Alamos he was thrilled to sell several pieces to a particular customer who just loved his work.

Arts & Crafts Fair particating artists and their work can be viewed at


‘Bear Cloud.’ Courtesy photo
‘Wolf.’ Courtesy photo
‘Eagle Whistle.’ Courtesy photo

Meet Artist Leslie Bucklin

Leslie Bucklin is one of the artists participating in the Los Alamos Studio Art Tour.

Bucklin grew up in Los Alamos and after a short time away, has returned to raise her family in the community she loves.

Her passion for art and photography was nurtured by her parents, Jim and Linda Goforth, and led her to pursue her degree in photography and digital imaging from the Art Institute of Colorado, as well as a degree in marketing and business from Eastern New Mexico University. 

She has been doing freelance portrait, wedding, and editorial photography for 21 years, and is currently the Los Alamos County staff professional photographer and visual information specialist.

Her Quaking Aspen Fine Art Gallery in downtown Los Alamos celebrates her true passion for landscape and nature photography, and highlights the Land of Enchantment – especially the Pajarito Plateau and the Jemez Mountains.

Bucklin finds joy in photographing Los Alamos and the surrounding area, and her passion for the community is expressed in her art.


Photo by Leslie Bucklin.

Photo by Leslie Bucklin.


Photo by Leslie Bucklin.

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