Spring is in the air at the arts fair

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The Los Alamos Arts Council announces the 46th annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fuller Lodge lawn.
The LAAC has been presenting the spring fair every year since 1967, and this year’s fair is sure to be the one of the best ever, according to executive director, Marlane Hamilton. Featuring nearly 100 artisans from across the southwest, the Arts and Crafts Fair offers both traditional and contemporary art forms. All of the items displayed are hand made or hand crafted.
The Arts and Crafts Fair will feature items such as pottery, weavings, clothing, woodworking, jewelry and more. In addition to the art, Sol y Luna will be performing guitar music and the Lads of Enchantment, the Los Alamos barbershop quartet will be at 2 p.m.
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, there will be a separate area where fathers can bring children to create special handmade gifts for mom. The service is free and provided by the First Baptist Church. Valynn Purvis will have an inflatable castle for children. Josephine Boyer will be on hand to do face painting and temporary tattoos.
While at the fair, take time to answer a few questions on the LAAC survey and receive an opportunity to win a round trip plane ticket to Albuquerque provided by the new Los Alamos air service, New Mexico Airlines.
The Fabulous 50’s Diner is providing snacks and/or lunch and many other local restaurants are within walking distance.
There should be something of interest for everyone with lots of new and returning artists. Some artist newcomers are:
• Christian Olsen, a jeweler from Arizona who has been hand making and designing contemporary southwest jewelry for 10 years and has done fairs all over the southwest including Aspen, Colo., Sedona, Ariz. and Santa Fe. His work features hand carved and hand cast beads, pendants and clasps in sterling silver, 14K gold and bronze mixed with semi precious stones.
• Alex Meyer who will have a great selection of cutting boards made of various woods.
• Traveling from Texas is David Ruebush
of Southwest Woods
Specialty. He makes a number of wood items.
• Katie O’Hara who hails from Durango, Colo., with a selection of handmade jams, jellies and mustards.
• Brian Edwards, photographer, has some exciting landscapes.
A variety of jewelry will be featured for purchase with many different styles for selection. Also, food items are available, such as pistachios from Heart of the Desert, Coonridge goat cheese and Bee Chama Honey.
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 Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow and Scarecrow Contest and Senior Recitals.
Anyone who wants to support the Los Alamos Arts Council by becoming a member (individual memberships are $15), is invited to drop by the registration table during the Arts and Crafts Fair and pick up a form or call the office.
For more information about the Spring Arts and Crafts Fair, call 663-0477 or visit the LAAC website at LosAlamosArtsCouncil.org.