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Fuller Lodge Art Center calls their Summer Art Camp “The Best Six Weeks of Summer” and countless children from Los Alamos, surrounding communities and even foreign countries will agree. This summer, between 80 and 100 students from age four through sixth grade filled the classrooms at the Art Center each week, while teens met for classes at Village Arts. Whether painting, drawing, sculpting, dying yarn and knitting or creating things from recycled materials, these young artists were exploring their creativity with enthusiasm and laughter.
To celebrate this next generation of artists, the Art Center will share the fruits of their artistic endeavors with the public in the “Summer Art Camp Showcase” starting Monday. The weeklong showcase culminates with a cookies and Kool-Aid open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11.
The adults who teach at Art Camp are all artists and said they look forward to sharing their working expertise with children in the summer. Living Treasure Thelma Hahn brings her joy of art to the children — and maybe even grandchildren — of her former Los Alamos Public Schools students.
Cosby Lindquist just finished up his master’s degree in fine arts in Ohio.
Joyce Yarrington lives in Hershey, Pa. and teaches art classes each summer while she visits her children and grandchildren in Los Alamos.
Katie Brousseau recently opened Warm Hearts Yarn with craft supplies and gifts in White Rock.
Casey Greenling is a clay artist who works out of the ceramic studio at the Art Center and pioneered the teen classes this year.
Dina Alexander started the art class for four- to six-year-olds and will continue the program this fall.
The Art Center began offering summer art classes in 1994, and the program has evolved over time into its current six-week format, with weeklong, three-hour sessions in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Some students sign up for both sessions and spend a supervised lunch hour on the lawn with high school student interns. This year, there were more out-of-town families bringing their students up to Art Camp for the day, while a parent worked in town, as well as families here on vacation, enrolling their children for a brief immersion into the world of art.
Connie Maness, a teacher who has led art workshops for children across the country raved about the Art Center.
“I hope this town knows how lucky they are. This is an amazing facility and the students are wonderful children.
Diane Norwood, Josephine Boyer of Sonshine Art and the Beader Babes, all donated art supplies for the classes and the Emily Bradley Foundation provided scholarships for 20 students.
The public is encouraged to visit the display. The Art Center is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday with free admission and parking.