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Art Center displays a different kind of exhibit

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By Kirsten Laskey

When Village Arts co-owner Ken Nebel saw that quite a few people were coming into his business requesting spray paints, his interest was peaked in what they were creating.

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Then Nebel met artist Marshall Jansen and became inspired.

Graffiti, tattoos, video, vinyl art and industrial jewelry are just a sample of what this inspiration has lead to at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

Nebel said when he saw this artwork he knew “it was something I just had to show off.”

The exhibit, which is titled “TAG,” originated from a spark of inspiration but, Nebel said, “it sort of morphed into it’s own creature.”

Inside the center, there are floor to ceiling panels featuring everything from buxom angels and demons to a tranquil adobe house.

One artist created a three-minute animation show while another created collages featuring the original images of Alice from Lewis Carroll’s book “Alice in Wonderland.”

There are necklaces made out of clock gears and busts of heads featuring gargoyle-like expressions and painted every bold color of the rainbow.

Nebel said artists got enthusiastic about the project and started “coming out of the woodwork” to participate in the show.

He added most of the participating artists either live in Los Alamos or in                                                             Northern New Mexico.

A unique show calls for a unique opening reception. The reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the art center.

Two lamp workers will hold demonstrations on how to manipulate glass and break- dancers are expected to perform.

Meanwhile, artist Dave Delano will do caricatures.

Nebel said the reception will be celebratory. “I’m excited,” he said. “This is going to be a neat show.”

He explained there is a lot of appeal for this type of art. “For one, it’s bringing in people who haven’t been in before … I think it’s important to show their work … I think it can appeal to everyone (because) the art is done with thought and passion.”

The show will run through July 1.