LA Arts Council hosts holiday fair

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The original Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is here and better than ever this year and at a new venue. A Los Alamos tradition for 46 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Bible Church. Admission is free.
To keep the tradition of a pre-Thanksgiving, holiday shopping spree alive, the Los Alamos Arts Council has lined up artists from nearby regions and across New Mexico. As in past years, jewelry, pottery, painting, metal work, fabric arts and photography will be among the highlights, as well as a wide range of holiday-oriented crafts.
New artists and longtime favorites will be on hand to make this year’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair better than ever. Kathy Hjeresen who sells handmade jewelry and woodworker Adrian Martinez both favorites at the fair will be returning this year. Mary Ann Somers and Marilyn Lisowski two more local jewelers will be also at the fair.
Fiber arts will be well represented, including Hillary Harrell who will have wool scarves and shawls. Los Alamos fiber artist Jeanne Robinson and her daughter, Elise Koskelo, will also have knitwear, wraps and shawls.
Erika Eckerstrand will have her vinyl fiber baskets and bags. The baskets are great for decorating and the bags are wonderful for traveling here and abroad- both stylish and durable.
New to the fair this year is Melody Sauceda, award-winning jeweler from Santa Fe.
There will be several wood artists from Colorado who are new to the fair are also slated to appear, despite current weather woes.
Specialty vendors will have pistachios and honey for sale. As always, there will be food and beverages offered for exhibitors and shoppers alike.
Nonprofit organizations will also be present at the fair. Among this year’s groups, the Animal Shelter will be on hand selling the newly released 2014 calendars.
The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is a major fundraising event for the Los Alamos Arts Council.
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, lunchtime Brown Bag performances at Fuller Lodge, seasonal celebrations such as the Chalk Walk, Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow and Scarecrow Contest. Senior Recitals, and Guitars at the Lodge, as well as Coffee House performances round out the calendar year.
LAAC Executive Director Marlane Hamilton invites the community to attend the upcoming fair and support the region’s artists.
“Come and get a jump on your holiday shopping. There is sure to be something for everyone on your list,” Hamilton said.
Anyone wishing to support the Los Alamos Arts Council, may do so by becoming a member. Individual memberships are $15. Drop by the registration table during the arts and crafts fair, call the office at 663-0477 or visit LosAlamosArtsCouncil.org for more information. The council can also be found on Facebook.