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A decorator’s delight

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By Nancy Coombs

Have you been thinking about sprucing up your living room with a new painting? Saturday, a dozen painters will offer their work to fill up the blank spaces on your walls during the 32nd Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair on the lawn at Fuller Lodge.

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Michael McCullough’s paintings hang in the homes of many long-time Los Alamos residents and also in the homes of their relatives who live elsewhere. The popular paintings of Indian pottery, framed along with a pottery shard, are icons of the Southwest.  McCullough returns for the first time in many years to share his newest works. Patricia Ann Massingill, a first-timer to the Los Alamos fair scene, paints the galaxy, working from photographs taken by the Hubble Telescope. Massingill, who also paints Earth-bound scenes, sells works to NASA and believes there must be kindred space-loving spirits here. Mike Lafleur of Amarillo favors textured acrylic for his loosely daubed Southwestern paintings.

The Art Center at Fuller Lodge Arts and Crafts Fair, always renowned for offering a wide variety of unique jewelry, again hosts the works of some amazing jewelers.

Kathy Hjeresen, a master at creating new designs, has work that sells in Taos galleries for triple the fair price. Alice Bailey, who sells in the Art Center’s Gallery Shop and has a featured display at the Santa Fe Opera Gift Shop, will offer a multitude of her beautiful pieces.

Fair first-timer Cara Johnson specializes in recycling glass for her silver-wrapped jewelry. Native American jewelers Andy Marion and Henry Wilson return to share delicate sterling and gold work, also joined by James Sandoval, whose jewelry adopts a contemporary flair.

Will Steerun, a stone-worker, offers his handcrafted jewelry and sculpture. He will also have a selection of stones he has cut available for sale. Copper artist John Finch has a new line of copper boxes alongside his stone-studded copper jewelry.

This summer you’ll find plenty of pottery, both functional and decorative. Trish Behrman of Santa Fe has a collection of decorative ceramic masks nestled among her micaceous clay pots. Find all the functional pottery you need to beautify your dining  room at the booths of Will and Johanna DeMay or Sandra Garcia. And if you’re thinking of warming up your kitchen, take a look at Elizoda’s lovingly refinished wood stoves shown by Pete Bushman.

A handful of photographers share their work in both framed prints and cards. Gail Diane Yovanovich and David Tubbs are joined by Karen Waters, Walt Viney and Michael Guttman, among others.

For something unusual, check out Phil Jones’ chainsaw bears or Thomas Leiblan’s pewter kitchenware accessories, captured as deer, mice frogs, among others.

Chie Yasuda, who calls her work “Japanese mixed art,” has kimono rings and origami ornaments. Artists Judy Terra and David Duran both venture into Los Alamos for the first time with wearable art and weavings. TC Pochoema, a Hopi artist, offers authentic Kachinas, while his partner, Terri Meenagh, has colorful one-of-a-kind painted wood sculptures and boxes.

 John Saunders, another vendor returning to Los Alamos for the first time in many years, may be remembered for his paper sculptures and ornaments.

Now he captures horses and wildlife in affordable paintings.

Vendors offering pistachios, honey, homemade jams and packaged treats will be scattered across the lawn with the specialty treats found only at fairs.

This year the Coffee Booth will set up by Fuller Lodge to provide sustenance for shoppers throughout the day as well.   The 32nd Annual Summer Arts and Crafts Fair will be open from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. See a preview of the vendors’ arts at artfulnm.org/fairs.html.