Dive into spring at the arts and crafts fair

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By The Staff

Saturday is the Los Alamos Arts Council annual spring arts and crafts fair. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it is the best time to chose an item for mom — whether it be jewelry, pottery or something else that is special.
The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of Fuller Lodge.
There will be many returning artists including Vicki Conley, Amelia Rivard Williams and Marianne and George Schweers.
Conley has been a potter for more than 30 years and her studio is well stocked with functional stoneware, decorative horsehair and raku pottery. She will have some of her popular designs such as white with blue thistle, blue with blue thistle and her plate featuring a hummingbird design.
Williams started her business approximately 20 years ago in California, but came to Taos eight years ago by way of Arizona and Colorado. She is a self-taught artist using the medium of gemstones, beads, crystals and metals to create jewelry and unique window hangings using these materials.
Marianne and George Schweers are back at the fair with their Heart of the Desert farm fresh pistachio nuts, cookies and candies. Their family farm contains New Mexico’s first and largest producing pistachio groves. The first trees were planted in 1972 and today Eagle Ranch has more than 12,000 pistachio trees. Arik Glesne will also be selling his Bee Chama Honey at the fair. These products always make good gifts. Coonridge Dairy will present its goat cheese.
Jewelry designs and a large selection by artists such as Kathy Hjeresen, Mary Ann Somers, Vickie Deane and Audra Short Items of gold, silver and pearls will be shown in both traditional and contemporary art forms.
This year the fair will have three of new metal artists, Greg Gowen, Trey Morelock and Eric Rivera.
As in past years there will be food and beverages offered for exhibitors and shoppers alike. This year fair-goers will find a variety of food items from the Eloysa Archuleta, such as Navajo tacos, Frito pies, fries, hot dogs, nachos, fajitas, quesadillas and cold drinks for lunch. Orlin Rickard will be there with his Kettle Korn. Fusion Café will have pastries, burritos, cookies and smoothies.
The Spring Arts and Crafts Fair is a major fundraising event for the Los Alamos Arts Council. Proceeds from booth rental fees are used to present cultural programs throughout the year. In the past year, the nonprofit council has presented more than 50 arts-related programs, which include an annual Art/Flight Kite Festival, Missoula Children’s Theater, lunch time Brown Bag performances at Fuller Lodge, seasonal celebrations such as the Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow and Scarecrow Contest and Senior Recitals.
Anyone wishing to directly support the Los Alamos Arts Council by becoming a member (individual memberships are $15) is invited to drop by the registration table during the arts and crafts fair or call the office for more information.
For more information about the Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, call 663-0477 or check out the LAAC website at laartscouncil.org.