HeArts and Gifts Fair slated for this weekend

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Find a treat for your sweetheart or indulge yourself at the HeArts & Gifts Valentine’s fair on Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church parish hall.
Vendors will offer handcrafted jewelry and turned wood items as well Scentsy candles and Avon products. The World Youth Day group will provide hot food and drinks throughout the day, beginning with breakfast burritos and hamburgers at lunchtime.
Several artists from the Fuller Lodge Art Center will demonstrate how their art is done, for those that might like to take up a new hobby.
Last year, Immaculate Heart of Mary parishioners produced this fair as an antidote to winter.
Ken Nebel, owner of Village Arts, set up a “make-a-card” table with several different kinds of art papers, colored pencils and collage materials.
He enjoyed the positive response so much that when he heard the church was unable to coordinate the fair this year, he suggested that the Fuller Lodge Art Center might sponsor the event.
Nancy Coombs of the Art Center agreed to coordinate the event, and this year will serve as host of the card table.
Everyone from age one to 101 is invited to stop by and make a card to share with a loved one.
Tiffany Lovell of Crop Around the Corner will bring work from all the artists represented in her White Rock store.
Bhasweti Gewhas creates bejeweled collages and will offer both art for the wall and greeting cards. Many of Karlene Maskaly’s photographic prints feature scriptural spiritual verse.
A number of artists popular with the Los Alamos arts and crafts audience are participating in the fair as well.
Kathy Hjeresen, whose jewelry has charmed the hearts of many local women, will have a great assortment of her work, as well as Akala, who is known for finding unique and unusual stones to adorn her silver jewelry.
Asaera Coté plans to bring a variety of finely milled, pure, handmade herbal soaps. And brothers Mike Harvey and Chris Stacy return again with their hand-blown glass marbles.
Even pets can benefit from this fair. Nancy Ness makes homemade pet treats and apparel. Maybe a new outfit will inspire Fido to learn new tricks.
For the young and the young at heart, Jeannette Depriest creates personalized teddy bears. And for those who lack green thumbs, Bethany Stephens has the solution: ceramic irises make a beautiful floral gift.
Artists’ demonstrations include stained glass by Fran Stoval, airbrush by Geraldine Kerr, Viking weave by Patricia Kokesh and enamel on copper jewelry by Cande Toner. These artists will all teach classes later this spring, and hope to spark some community interest with the demonstrations.
Save the date: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the parish hall of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Canyon Road.
Vendors are listed on the Valentine Fair page of the Art Center website: fullerlodgeartcenter.com, with links to their websites. For more information, call the Art center at 662-1635.