Artist Richard Swenson donated several of his creations, including this frog.
Council gives nod to new art

The lonely humpback whale on display at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will soon have some company.
Artist Richard Swenson has offered to donate two more fish, a seal, a crab and a sea turtle to join his original donation.
On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council accepted that donation, along with four other recommendations from the Arts in Public Places Board (APPB) for inclusion in the county’s public art collection. All recommendations passed 6-0. Councilor Steve Girrens was not in attendance.
Swenson also donated two frogs to join his lizard at the White Rock visitor center.
APPB has allocated up to $1,500 for plaques, a dedication event and installation — including special brackets to attach the frogs to the visitor center’s water catchment tank.
APPB Chair Steve Foltyn has also donated two paintings by the late Dorothy Hoard, “Hikers in the Woods” and “Heading Home.” Hoard asked that her artwork be sold to benefit the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Foltyn purchased the pieces at a silent auction.
“I think I probably don’t need to tell anyone what a true treasure Dorothy was to this community,” Foltyn said.