UNM-LA Participates In Los Alamos Art Studio Tour

Barbara Yarnell, left, and advanced student Sufong Milonni hard at work in the UNM-LA ceramics studio. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

For the first year ever, UNM-LA will be stop #6 along the Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour (LAAST). Fine art students’ drawings, paintings, and ceramics will be on display and for sale to the public.

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, with 20 artists’ studios open across the city.

Instructors and students will host an all-day reception Saturday serving snacks and drinks in the Jeanette O. Wallace Hall at UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University Dr.

Fine Arts Instructor and General Studies Department Chair Barbara Yarnell said she is excited to have works from her advanced and beginning students in the show.

“There will be hand-built and thrown—on a potter’s wheel—works included, and much of it will be for sale,” Yarnell said. “I hope that members of the community will come and see the great work that is being done here at UNM-Los Alamos, especially those who have not visited our campus before.” 

An accomplished ceramicist, Yarnell will show clay pieces from her vast collection during the tour as well. Some of the students who have works in the show are: Sufong Milonni, Cathy Chapman, Brenda Robertson, Alicia Hammer, Rick Trujillo, Justin Garcia, Kelly Naranjo, Thelma Hahn, Holly Vigil, Bonnie Peterson, Carol Furchner, Marlene Grey, Robert Jump, Diane Vanoudenhagen, Gloria Gilmore House and Anfernee Casados.

UNM-LA Fine Arts Department Chair Patrick Harris said, “I believe that the Los Alamos Artist Studio Tour is an important event in the community bringing diverse and talented artists together with patrons and art lovers. It creates an audience within the community.”

Harris will show two of his own paintings alongside the art of his Drawing and Painting classes.

First year drawing students in the show include: Courtney Carson, Samantha DeWulf, Benjamin Hanlon, Jennifer Hernandez, Matt Lopez, Katie Pecos, Kathryn Pocaterra, Bianca Ponce, August Sandoval, Jenna Trujillo and Max Christopher Windsor-Dixon.

Painting is represented by beginning and advanced students: Santana Bartholomew, Chelsea Cantrup, Nels Krakowski, Jesse Lewis, Elizabeth McNaughton, Jacqueline Quintana, Elannah Venhaus, Patti Wills, Sabria Hankins, Aline Parliman, Bonnie Peterson and Angel Ponce Calderon.

“By joining LAAST in this event, our students will be exposed to the diversity of people in the community, what these people do to promote the arts and to see the arts as a viable and exciting force in Los Alamos,” Harris said.

“The more our community knows about UNM-Los Alamos the more involved we can all be in education and lifelong learning,” Yarnell added. “There are a number of students who take clay classes that are not typical degree seeking students. Some of my students also submit works of art for entry into shows at Fuller Lodge Art Center, including Sufong Milonni who won Best of Show in Conversations in Clay last month.”

One of Yarnell’s students, Gloria Gilmore House, helped start the new Ceramics Club that will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday next door to Fuller Lodge Art Center. They also will be giving some demos and tours of their new space.

For more information about the UNM-LA studio art classes, visit http://losalamos.unm.edu/degrees-certificates/certificates/studio-art.html. For more information on the Los Alamos Studio Tour, visit http://losalamosstudiotours.com/index.php.