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County employees unveil their artistic side

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By Kirsten Laskey

At first glance, it may seem like they are just the ones who drive the county transit buses, send out the utility bills or patrol the streets. On Saturday, however, the Los Alamos County employees are going to show a side of themselves not often seen in public.

The Los Alamos County Employee Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. During this fair, 28 vendors, which will include county employees, their spouses and friends, will unleash their artistic side.

Shoppers will be able to browse through knitting, jewelry, photography, dolls, pottery and wood works.

Shirley Huber, organizer of the fair, said this year is the 20th year for the fair. Throughout the years, Huber said the number of vendors has increased and the fair has opened its doors to people outside the county.

The fair is more than just an opportunity to kick-start holiday shopping; it supports the county employee fund.

Huber explained the fund goes toward everything from purchasing flowers for an employee who has had a loved one die to the county employee picnic in the summer – an event everyone, she said, seems to enjoy. “Everybody seems to enjoy the county picnic … they all love it,” Huber said.

Additionally, employee fund committee member ReyAnn Nastacio said the arts and crafts fair is an opportunity for the county employees to come together.

“It gets artists together to sell crafts,” she said. “People enjoy that and the artists meet each other … (they) look forward to seeing each other the next year.”

Putting the fair together is a lot of work, Nastacio said, but “I like it because people come together.”

Another plus is the quality of the arts and crafts at the fair, she said. “I think each artist takes their time to make their work.”

She added, I think every artist takes pride in their work.”

Everyone, Nastacio said, puts their heart into their art.