Arts Fair has plenty to offer

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By Jennifer Garcia

Chilly, overcast weather didn’t stop vendors from setting up their booths Saturday in front of Fuller Lodge.


Nor did it stop people from stopping by to view the first-rate artwork.


Vendors from around the state turned out to sell their wares at the annual Spring Arts and Craft Fair, which ran from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


The fair, presented by the Los Alamos Arts Council, featured about 100 artists who offered both contemporary and traditional art.


Some of the offerings at the fair included ceramic wall hangings and pots, dragon figurines, jewelry, scenic photos and paintings, wooden children’s toys and food items such as chile from Tijeras, spices and sauces for cooking and pistachios from Alamogordo.


Shari Ubechel was one of the featured artists at Saturday’s event. A resident of Taos, this is Ubechel’s second time exhibiting at the fair. “The people were so nice last year,” she said. “They’re a very intelligent group.” Ubechel runs a business called Earth and Spirit Art by Nature.


She does jewelry, pet portraits, paintings and wildlife and Celtic designs, which she paints on drums.


“They’re completely playable,” she said of her drum creations.


Christopher Atkinson and his wife came from Truchas to exhibit their artwork.


“I take the photos and she does the weavings,” Atkinson said of his and his wife’s work. The couple runs a business called Images in Captivity.


Other offerings included wind chime made out of soda cans, bears carved out of tree stumps, a stand that was selling honey based in Socorro, hand-painted T-shirts and canvas bags and a booth that offered lavender sachets, soaps and lotions.


Neal Crosier and his wife Ofelia Cabrera were another couple that was setting up their booth early Saturday morning. The duo was selling Christmas ornaments that Crosier carves out of cottonwood bark and gourds.


The pieces feature carvings of churches from around the Southwest.


“We’ve been coming here since 1988,” Crosier said. The gourds that he carves are unique from other gourd ornaments in that his light up. There’s a little hole in the back of the gourd through which a Christmas light can be put.


This will light up the inside of the gourd, according to Crosier.


Throughout the day, live entertainment was featured and began at 10 a.m. with the Lads of Enchantment, followed by Ellen Walton’s Pajarito Spanish Dancers at 1 p.m.  Scottish Dancers performed at Ashley Pond, while the Brass Trio serenaded passersby in front of Starbucks.