Northern New Mexico wares to be displayed at Fall Arts and Crafts Fair

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By Nancy Coombs

Christmas shopping in October? Absolutely! Saturday, the Art Center at Fuller Lodge will host a “gateway to the holidays” show with dozens of artists returning and many new artists joining the 32nd annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair at the Los Alamos Middle School. If you are already planning to visit the Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair for a flu shot, why not reward yourself with a trip to the middle school to explore the beautiful array of unique and artistically crafted goods arriving from  across northern New Mexico?


David Trujillo will join the arts and crafts fair for the first time. Trujillo, a Los Alamos resident, fabricates animals from materials such as motorcycle chains, car rods, pistons and transmission parts. Trujillo said he is having a blast exploring the world of art, also studying oil painting with Richard Guzman. Trujillo said he hopes everyone will stop by his booth and give feedback on his metal creations.

Roger Felthauser of Mountain Engraving entered his first arts and crafts fair in August and enjoyed it so much he will return Saturday. Felthauser will offer not only his finely etched pictures on leather, metal and wood, but also holiday ornaments.

On a more whimsical note, Mary Val Whitesides’ stuffed animals crafted from antiques will available for purchase.

Chie Yasuda of Albuquerque had her first Los Alamos experience at the summer fair and she too, is returning, hoping to attract fall shoppers with her origami. Her delicately folded paper cranes are enclosed in glass Christmas ornaments and the rings she fashions out of kimono material accessorize any outfit, as well as make great conversation pieces.  

Those in the mood for some new clothes will find hand-knit clothing, painted and dyed silk clothes, sewn children’s clothing and costumes. Melissa Alexander, well-known as an energetic elementary school teacher, developed her passion for knitting after retirement. She maintains contact with the younger population by participating in a lunchtime knitting group at Barranca Elementary School, and she can be seen working her knitting needles at the front desk at the Art Center, where she volunteers twice a month.

Susan Young of Santa Fe will again offer her fleece -covered hats that kept many heads warm last year while Renee Brainard Gentz returns with hand-painted silk scarves and clothes. Judy Terra of Taos calls her work “Fine Art Fabric Designs.”

She pieces together jackets, vests and purses from a variety of materials.

Plus, Deborah Suess will sell her shawls.

Homes can be dressed up this year with a stone clock made by Sandra Miller on a mantel, some ceramic dinnerware by Will and Joanna DeMay; or a metal wall hanging sculpted by Terry Adams.

Additionally, Rita Sanchez shares traditional tinwork, including crosses, and Jim Shiver offers non-traditional but folksy barbed wire crosses.

There will be a wide variety of art cards printed from paintings, as well as photographs and an assortment of jewelry for shoppers.

 Paul Birchak expands his offerings this year. In addition to his graceful ceramic sconces and figures, he promises to bring a selection of his pastel landscapes.

Load up on goodies from Eagle Ranch Pistachios and get ready for the holiday season by stocking the pantry with dip mixes from Southwest Lifestyles.

Also, Bee Chama Honey will help satisfy people’s sweet tooth.

The Fall Arts and Crafts Fair will be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. See a preview of the vendors’ arts at artfulnm.org/ArtsCraftsFall09/index.html.