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The original Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is just around the corner and this year, it will be at a new venue.
A Los Alamos tradition for 45 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church — a new venue, as the middle school is being remodeled.
The Los Alamos Arts Council is hosting the event and admission is free.
To keep the tradition of a pre-Thanksgiving, holiday shopping spree alive, the LAAC has lined up artists from across New Mexico and nearby regions.
As in past years, jewelry, pottery, painting, metal work, fabric arts and photography will be among the highlights, as well as a wide range of holiday-oriented crafts.
New artists and longtime favorites will be on hand. Kathy Hjeresen, who sells handmade jewelry and woodworker Adrian Martinez, both veterans of the fair will return. Mary Ann Somers and Marilyn Lisowski, two more local jewelers, will also be at the fair.
Fiber arts will be represented, including Hillary Harrell, who will have wool scarves and shawls. Los Alamos fiber artist Jeanne Robinson and her daughter Elise Koskelo, will also have knit wear, wraps and shawls. Susan Young Tweet will be back with her fleece items for both adults and children.
Meanwhile, Erika Eckerstrand will have her vinyl fiber baskets and bags. The baskets can be used for decorating and the bags can be used for traveling.
New to the fair this year is Marilyn Ray, award winning Acoma potter. She makes traditional storytellers, nativity sets, friendship bowls and other small pottery.
Specialty vendors will be will also be at the fair, offering pistachios, goat cheese spreads and honey for sale.
As always, there will be food and beverages offered for exhibitors and shoppers alike.
This year, hungry shoppers might be pleased to find a variety of food and beverage items from the Fabulous 50’s Diner Kaleidoscoop Bus available.
Nonprofit organizations will also be present at the fair. Among this year’s groups, the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter will be on hand selling their calendars.
The Holiday 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, noontime Brown Bag performances at Fuller Lodge, seasonal celebrations such as the Chalk Walk, Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow and Scarecrow Contest. Senior Recitals and Guitars at the Lodge, as well the Coffee House performances that round out the calendar year.
LAAC Executive Director Marlane Hamilton invites the community to attend the upcoming fair and support the region’s artists.
“We hope that everyone will come out and support the artists who have traveled from all over New Mexico to this fair,” she said.
Get a jump on holiday shopping. There is sure to be something for everyone on the list.
Anyone wishing to support the Los Alamos Arts Council, can do so by becoming a member. Individual memberships are $15.
Drop by the registration table during the arts and crafts fair, call the office at 663-0477 or visit LosAlamosArtsCouncil.org for more information. The council can also be found on Facebook.