Art for Sale

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By The Staff

The 41st Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be a homecoming for John Trujillo. The jewelry-maker grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High Sschool in 1966. The community holds another significance other than childhood memories. It inspired him to do jewelry.

Trujillo said his high school art teacher taught him to make jewelry, although it didn’t impact him until later.

It will be his first time at the arts and craft fair, Trujillo said. “I just thought it would be a good venue for me.” He started making jewelry in 1974 and gained the attention of some big names. While working as an actor in Los Angeles, his creations have been bought by celebrities such as James Brown, Robin Williams, Harrison Ford, Diane Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Sinatra.

Trujillo joked that sometimes he made more money from his jewelry sales than from acting gigs. His jewelry has appeared in Rock and Gems Magazine and People magazine.

“I just enjoy doing what I do,” he said. “I work at it seven days a week.”

Trujillo will not be the only newcomer to the fair; Shari Kesenbaum will also be making her debut at the fair. Kesenbaum said she explores a wide range of art forms. She produces oil and acrylic paintings, designs jewelry with semi-precious and precious stones and paints wildlife on drums.

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