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Fair promises to be the best one yet

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By Special to the Monitor

Saturday, the 42nd annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. This year’s fair will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the spring fair since 1967 and this year’s event will be one of the best ever.

Featuring more than 100 of the finest artisans in New Mexico, the fair offers both traditional and contemporary art forms. All of the items displayed are handmade or handcrafted and must have originated in New Mexico. The fair will feature items such as pottery, weavings, clothing, wood workings, paintings, jewelry and many art forms.

This year, as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of Los Alamos County, the fair experience will be enhanced by entertainment both at the fair and at Ashley Pond. The ever-popular Lads of Enchantment will perform at  10 a.m. on the portal at Fuller Lodge while Ellen Walton’s Pajarito Spanish Dancers will grace the portal at 1 p.m. In addition to these performances, Sol y Luna will also take the stage.

Meanwhile, at Ashley Pond, the Scottish dancers will perform at 11 a.m. and the Brass Trio will play outside of Starbucks.

As always, the Arts Council is pleased to have a number of new artists attending the fair. Bryan Kitson is one of these featured artists. He is a native of Blissfield, Mich. He attended the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design where he perfected his love of watercolors and graduated with a bachelor’s in illustration.

After graduation, Kitson returned to Michigan and worked for two years doing restoration and original design of stained glass for a local artisan. Afterward, he decided to move to Albuquerque and pursue his dream of blowing glass.

He paired with a fellow Savannah College alumni and entrepreneur to form KBGlassworks, an art venture that exclusively focused on lampworking borosilicate glass.

The company eventually dissolved and Kitson now works for himself.

At this year’s fair, there will be some new local artists, too. David Tubbs, Pete Sandford and Kathi Parker will offer a variety of art for shoppers. Tubbs is a photographer whose goal is to celebrate nature through photography and produce a faithful and enduring record of what he experiences.

His images have been included in private collections, exhibited at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge and published in Nature Photographer and Nature Conservancy magazines. His work has also appeared in brochures by the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.

Parker’s colorful watercolor paintings and drawings will be up for sale at the fair. Parker, a native of Los Alamos, was awarded Signature Member status in the New Mexico Watercolor Society in 2004. Her watercolors have been in juried shows at the Art Center and she has participated in local, state and national shows.

Sandford is a sculptor and industrial designer by education and a graphic designer by profession.

He used to do some freelance graphic design but eventually turned to designing and building furniture.

He enjoys working with woods of all types but his favorite project is building rustic furniture with distressed wood.

If shoppers are looking for jewelry, a large variety will be found at the fair. For instance, Kathy Hjersen of Los Alamos, will participate in the fair.

La Coffeehouse Café will provide food and beverages.

The fair is a major fundraiser for the Arts Council. For more information, call 663-0477.