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Take a snapshot of white tents on a green lawn, 100 artists, thousands of pieces of art and hundreds of shoppers and if you’re in Los Alamos, you can bet it’s the annual Fuller Lodge Art Center summer Arts and Crafts Fair.
Most of the vendors are full-time artists making a living from their art. About 75 percent of this year’s group were here last year and said they look forward to returning.
When asked what they like about our fair, many will comment on how the fair still has a friendly community atmosphere, like arts and crafts fairs of yore.
The Rodeo Parade passes by in the late morning and then many of the spectators head back into the park, so it’s a social event as well.
The 35th Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Art Center booth in the center of the lawn will offer ice water and lemonade, along with seating for tired shoppers and people watchers. In a nearby tent, Alexis Palmaffy will draw henna tattoos with an all-natural henna paste that she makes.
Richard Elvis of Ruidoso with his lightcasters, may also set up in the center to better catch the sun.
Gregory Segura of Santa Fe Silverworks comes to Los Alamos for the first time this summer. He crafts silver into rings and pendants with a modern twist on traditional designs. His work encompasses a range from stones set in patterned silver jewelry to skulls, to a Zia collection.
Segura has won awards for his work at the Santa Fe Spanish Market. He said he looks forward to introducing his work up here.
Painter Mike Lafleur of Amarillo is returning by popular demand. His realistic scenes often feature teepees or adobe homes and always include aspens and pines in vivid colors.
Painter Leigh Gusterson of Peñasco will take her maiden voyage into Los Alamos, bringing landscapes of Northern New Mexico. Old trucks, horses, adobes and sheep are just some of her subjects she paints. She plans to have many affordable miniatures available this weekend.
There are two new clothing artists this year as well. Francesca Margaritondo makes clothing for children and Jennifer Martinson designs for adults. Martinson invented “The Magic Dress,” which can be worn in a variety of ways.
She was featured on TLC’s reality show, “Homemade Millionaire,” in an episode featuring women inventors on which her Magic Dress was named best fashion invention.
Other newcomers this year include Tony and Lyn Eden who bring their AZ Totes from Mesa, Ariz. Their work, “Art You Wear,” includes all sizes of bags made with Southwestern-patterned materials.
Chris Ruebush of Southwest Wood Specialties is traveling here from Lubbock, Texas with wood shelving units and solutions.
Those who have been looking for a small shelf for hanging a hair dryer, should visit his booth.
For a preview of vendor work, visit the Art Center website at fullerlodgeartcenter.com/Fair_Summer2012.shtml.