This place is crawling with art!

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By Kirsten Laskey

Los Alamos has always nurtured the arts and on Friday, its artistry will be in full bloom. Village Arts, Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos Historical Museum and the Art Center at Fuller Lodge will all be bursting with color, creativity and innovation during the Arts Crawl from 4-8 p.m.


The timing for this event is perfect since Los Alamos has designated September as Arts and Culture Month.

“September is officially Arts and Culture month in Los Alamos and these four cultural organizations have gotten together to promote the wonderful visual art in the downtown area,” said Carol Meine, program support specialist at Mesa Public Library.

The library will kick off the event with a reception at 4 p.m. for its exhibit of Shannon Hale’s oil paintings featuring New Mexico landscapes. The show is located in the library’s upstairs gallery.

The tour continues with the exhibit, “Still Life Revisited,” at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge. The center will host a reception starting at 5 p.m.

Nancy Coombs, the Art Center communication coordinator, encourages people to take part in the event because, “This is a chance to honor the spirit of creativity in our town.”

The public can view the Los Alamos Historical Museum’s newest exhibit, “Petroglyphs for Today: White Rock’s Rock” until 7:30 p.m. The show features photographs of the boulder located at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4. Los Alamos photographer Jack Clifford has captured many of the designs that have been painted on the rock throughout the years.

Village Arts will offer the finale to the event with its display of paintings by Gloria Sharp and Kathi Geoffrion-Parker until 8 p.m.

Sharp will showcase her batiks, which is a traditional dye technique used on textiles, while Geoffrion-Parker will display her watercolor paintings.

Marilyn Warren, owner of Village Arts, said she is calling the show, “You Say Hello, and I’ll Say Goodbye,” a play on the words of The Beatles’ song, “Hello, Goodbye” because the show will be her last one as she hands ownership of the store over to Jim O’Donnell and Ken Nebel.

“The last art reception that I’ll be having is not about saying goodbye,” Warren said. “It’s about saying hello to great local artists, Kathi and Gloria, and to the two soon-to-be new owners, Jim and Ken, and to help say hello to great friends and customers and enjoy an evening together.”

Warren encourages people to check out Sharp’s and Geoffrion-Parker’s work because “They’re just two great artists.” Nebel added Sharp and Geoffrion-Parker are big names in Los Alamos. “It’s going to be extremely bright and colorful show and it’s a way for Marilyn to go out with a bang. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said.