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Exhibit > A showcase of adult student artwork at Fuller Lodge Art Center

By Special to the Monitor



Three summers ago, Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted a weeklong exhibit of children’s artwork after Summer Art Camp, with the art hung in the regular Exhibit Gallery. The show was so popular that it has become an annual tradition. 

Now the Art Center is expanding the concept of student art shows by offering a two-week exhibit of adult student work from Jan. 11 through Jan. 26. 

“Show Some Class” will feature more than 100 works by students, their teachers and also works produced in art groups that meet at the Art Center or Village Arts.

It might be hard to believe that the four stained-glass lampshades on display are student works, but that’s a testament to the skills of teacher Fran Stoval. 

Stoval first learned the art of stained glass in 1992 at the Art Center, and she has been asked to teach classes every year since 1998. Students Patricia Kokesh, Renida Carter, Louise Hassman and Kandy Frame all show stained glass lampshades completed with Stoval’s guidance. 

Stoval will also display a variety of work reflecting the stained glass and mosaic classes she teaches. She began creating mosaics a few years ago and now teaches the craft to children and adults. 

“Mountains of small leftover glass needed to be repurposed and what better way than to cover objects in glass designs?” Stoval said. Student Doris Jackson shares a mosaic piece that she made this past fall in a one-day workshop with Stoval.

Ceramics classes are also offered at the Art Center, with two different teachers instructing classes this past fall. Casey Greenling, a native of Los Alamos, currently manages the ceramics studio, coordinating firing times and scheduling. 

Greenling trained as a ceramics artist and gained a wealth of knowledge about glazes while working at Coyote Clay. 

Gloria Gilmore-House took her first pottery class at the Fuller Lodge Art Center in 1999 and “hasn’t looked back.” 

Last fall, Gilbert Candelaria offered a welding class. Candelaria creates art from recycled objects and metal “junk.” 

“I’ve taken the challenge of taking mundane objects and turning them into whimsical, unique and inspirational works of art,” he said. 

Other classes are represented as well, including watercolor, oil, charcoal drawing, copper enameling and even “life casting” or making molds of body parts to cast in plaster.

The Los Alamos Photography Club hosts an annual photography exhibit every February at Mesa Public Library, which is open to everyone living or working in Los Alamos. 

Members of three other art groups are sharing work in the show. These groups always accept new members, as well as provide instruction. 

Beader Babes meets once a month, with a different member each month giving the group a lesson on a particular kind of beading. 

The Saturday Woodcarvers take advantage of the full woodworking shop at Village Arts, and under the guidance of Rick Nebel, have learned how to make wooden decoy ducks and intricate walking sticks among other things. 

The Los Alamos Life Drawing Group meets on Wednesday evenings and Sundays to draw from live models, sometimes clothed, sometimes nude.

For more information about these groups visit the Art Center’s website at fullerlodgeartcenter.com, call the Art Center at 662-1635, or stop by 2132 Central Ave. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Art Center hopes “Show Some Class” will awaken the creative urge in some of those who view the work. 

Reception from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 26. Stoval and Gilmore-House will do demonstrations throughout the afternoon in the ceramics studio. The public is invited to mingle with students, teachers and club members while snacking on light refreshments.