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Topper Revue Opens Today!

on February 1, 2013 - 8:32am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions will kick off the 2013 Topper Revue at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Topper Revue is the annual talent and variety show at the high school. Topper Revue showcases the talents of student performers in a madcap variety show atmosphere.

Six student MCs from the Olions Thespian Club keep things lively with comedy skits and hijinks.

"I am thrilled with the variety and caliber of talent being presented by LAHS students this year," said Olions' sponsor and show producer Rachel Peck.

Go ‘Behind the Scenes’ at Fuller Lodge Art Center

on January 31, 2013 - 9:25am

Kim Aeby’s scale model of a stage set for a production of 'It Is So If You Think It Is So' by Luigi Pirandello. Courtesy/Fuller Lodge Art Center

By Bonnie J. Gordon

We’ve all wondered what inspired a particular work of art. Or maybe we’re curious about the process that an artist used to create a particular piece.

The new show at the Fuller Lodge Art Center will take us “Behind the Scenes.” The show opens with an artists’ reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and will be up through March 9.

Knitted hat by Melissa Alexander. Courtesy photo

Many of the artists will be on hand Feb.

Aspen Art Teacher Receives LAPSF Grant

on January 31, 2013 - 8:38am

Britt Williams

LAPSF News:

Britt Williams, art teacher at Aspen Elementary School, received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 

Williams’ grant will impact 55 6th grade students. The students will learn about the Empty Bowls events from Gillian Sutton. 

Then, they will learn about clay process, see examples from other artists and do the preliminary sketches of their bowls. 

After constructing their bowls using slabs and forms, the students can add texture to their bowls or build up features on the bowl’s surface. 

Once their pieces have dried and been

Brown Bag Concert Features Lads of Enchantment; Hot Flashes Two Piano Quartet

on January 30, 2013 - 6:37am

The Lads of Enchantment perform a Christmas Concert in Espanola. Courtesy photo

By Maxine Schmidt

The Los Alamos Arts Council will present The Lads of Enchantment Chorus and The Hot Flashes Two Piano Quartet at the February Brown Bag concert.

The concert will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge. The Brown Bag Series is free and open to the public.

The Hot Flashes. Courtesy photo

The Lads of Enchantment Chorus is the Los Alamos Area Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). The Los Alamos Area Chapter was granted a charter in 1993.

The founding

Hopi Artist Presents Kachina Doll Talk to Rotary

on January 29, 2013 - 8:19am

Hopi artist Glenn Fred, an accomplished kachina doll carver, presented a program about kachina doll traditions and carving during the Jan. 22 meeting of the Los Alamos Rotary at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Kachina dolls and carving tools used by Hopi artist Glenn Fred to create his art was on display at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Los Alamos Rotary at the Dixie Girl Restaurant. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Calling Creative Young Artists for Dog Jog Logo Contest

on January 28, 2013 - 12:28pm

DOG JOG News:

Tails are wagging all over Los Alamos in anticipation of the 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog, to be held on the morning of Saturday, April 27. 

The Dog Jog is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter, who provide medical services and needed items for animals housed at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

The Dog Jog Committee is calling on all creative young artists to put your imaginations and love of dogs to work by submitting a drawing for the 2013 Dog Jog Logo Contest!

The Logo Contest is open to youngsters in grades 3 through 6 whose families live or work in Los Alamos County.

Column: Just Trust Me on This, Go to a Poetry Reading

on January 26, 2013 - 7:41am
Just Trust Me on This, Go to a Poetry Reading
By Bonnie Gordon
 
Last night I went to a poetry reading. The poet was Jon Davis, Santa Fe’s newest poet laureate.

Jon was reading at Mesa Public Library as part of Authors Speak series. I love poetry readings but I hadn’t made it to one for a couple of years.

Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon

I should go to more poetry readings and you should too. Here’s why.

Poetry reveals the inner workings of another person’s mind and how they perceive the world as no other medium can.  

Most people process things through

Poetry Reading Primer for Tonight's Authors Speak Event

on January 24, 2013 - 9:46am

By Jane Lin

If you have never been to a poetry reading, this month's Authors Speak event is a great way to get your feet wet.

Jon Davis, Santa Fe's newest poet laureate, reads at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 24, at Mesa Public Library. Davis' poetry appeals to the mind and the heart in a language that you will understand.

A poetry reading is just what it sounds like. A poet reads a selection of their poems, usually from any books they've published, and sometimes new work they've written. Rarely do they recite from memory, but when they do, it's a treat!

Sometimes they start with a few words about

Creative Classes Abound at Fuller Lodge Art Center

on January 24, 2013 - 7:00am

FLAC News:

Fuller Lodge Art Center will offer art studio experiences for children on Wednesday afternoons.

There are a few single session classes, as well as a number of serial classes.

Longtime Los Alamos artist Thelma Hahn will teach a 4-week "Clay Creations" class, first for grades 1-3, then later in the semester for grades 4-6.

Artist Dee Homans returns with some new classes and also some repeats of popular classes.

Classes will be held Feb. 2 through May 23. The Center also offers adult classes. Check out all the classes at fullerlodgeartcenter.com.

Join Gillian Sutton of

'Show Some Class' Closing Reception Saturday

on January 23, 2013 - 7:20am
Doris Jackson builds a stained glass piece. Courtesy/FLAC

By Nancy Coombs

Three summers ago, Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted a week-long 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.

Stained glass lamp by Patricia Kokesh. Courtesy/FLAC

Show Some Class will feature more than 100 works by students, their teachers and also

¡COLORES! Returns to New Mexico PBS

on January 20, 2013 - 7:03am

NM PBS News:

¡COLORES! returns to New Mexico PBS as a weekly local and national art series beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 on CH. 5.1.

The popular art series presents stories devoted to the creative spirit, featuring local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theatre, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance.

¡COLORES! provides an in-depth look at the inspiration, challenges and processes of a wide range of artists.

Descriptions of the first eight episodes are listed below with air dates:

Friday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. on Ch. 5.1
• One of New

Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America to Sponsor 'Gentle Zephyr' Class

on January 20, 2013 - 6:37am

PCEGA News:

Local embroiderers have a unique opportunity to learn Romanian Point Lace and Surface Embroidery from guest teacher Sylvia Murariu at a workshop on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28.

The class, Gentle Zephyr, is sponsored by the Pajarito Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America and is open to non-members.

It will be held in the classroom of the Fuller Lodge Art Center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Registration with a deposit for $70 must be received by Feb. 15.

The cost of the two-day session will be less than $90; the exact amount depends on expenses and number of

Art in Public Places Board Meets Jan. 24

on January 20, 2013 - 6:16am

‘Industrial Machine’ created by artist Robert Davis is on display at the Los Alamos Eco-Station on East Jemez Road.

COUNTY News:

The Art in Public Places Board is set to meet 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room #3.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. PUBLIC COMMENT (This section on the agenda is reserved for questions and comments from the public on items that are not otherwise included in this agenda. Speakers will be limited to 4 minutes each.)

III. APP BOARD BUSINESS

  • A. Approval of Minutes from Dec. 12, 2012
  • B.
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Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets

on January 19, 2013 - 9:52am
'The Three Amigos' by Los Alamos Artist Melissa Bartlett. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner
 
Bartlett Shares Color and Design Secrets 
By Mandy Marksteiner
 
Do you ever wonder what makes a painting interesting enough to buy? There’s always something about the piece that is especially attractive, whether it is the way the images are balanced or the way the color of the sky contrasts with the color of the rocks.
 
How do they do that?
 
Starting next week, Melissa Bartlett answers that question during her class at the Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery.

Cameras Sought for Local Photography Students

on January 18, 2013 - 9:26am

Light painting long exposure. Photo by Los Alamos High School student Erin Kober.

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Photography Department still teaches the art of black and white photography and film and is in need of 35mm SLR film cameras.

These camera donations will help students learn about the art of photography and gain an appreciation for the process. The donations are tax deductable.

Contact Brittany Felton at b.felton@laschools.net to donate a camera for the students. 

Back-lit trees. Photo by Los Alamos High School student Gabriel Montoya

Surrealism deer, created by

Crowd Packs Metal Menagerie Show at Mesa Library

on January 17, 2013 - 12:23pm

Community members filled the upstairs gallery at Mesa Public Library for Wednesday's opening reception of the Metal Menagerie Show. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scrap Metal Artists Richard Swenson, left, and David Trujillo speak with Marsha Gilford, vice president public affairs for Smith’s Food and Drug Centers. Gilford is in Los Alamos visiting County officials and local business owners. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Bonnie J. Gordon

Metal Menagerie, showcasing the work of two Los Alamos metal sculptors, David Trujillo and Richard Swenson, opened Wednesday, Jan.

Wednesday's FAN Club Coincides With Library's Metal Menagerie Opening Reception

on January 15, 2013 - 10:43pm

Scrap metal fish by David Trujillo. Courtesy photo

CHAMBER News:

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce has a "really fun" FAN (Food and Networking) Club planned for Wednesday evening Jan. 16: it will be held in conjunction with the opening reception for the Metal Menagerie show in Mesa Public Library's upstairs gallery.

The hosts are the Friends of the Library ... the caterer is Peggy Pendergast ... the artists are David Trujillo and Richard Swenson who are represented by Karen Wray Gallery ... if you don't know at least some of these people, you need to get out more!

  • Time: 5:30-7 p.m.,

Fuller Lodge Art Show: 'Show Some Class'

on January 10, 2013 - 5:39am

ART CENTER News:


 

Celebrate Adult Learners - This display of student work includes work from any students who have participated in art classes at Fuller Lodge Art Center over the past year or work from individuals in art groups that meet at the Art Center or Village Arts. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
 
Call for Artists: We Who Are Clay - Working in clay is a tradition in many cultures, and New Mexico has had a long standing relationship with the medium.

Chairworks and Dunn Quilting Sale/Store Closing Jan. 15-19

on January 9, 2013 - 7:56am

Courtesy/Dunn Quilting

Staff Report

Chairworks and Dunn Quilting, 3801-A Arkansas Ave., will hold an inventory/closing sale Jan. 15-19 with everything in the store marked down 40 percent.

The store is closed from now until Jan. 15 when it will be opened 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 19, after which it will close for good.

Dunn Quilting owner Nicole Dunn has moved her longarm quilting business to her home studio where she will continue to finish quilt tops, and make one-of-a-kind custom quilts for the community, as well as create and design her own art quilts.

Chairworks owner Pat

Kathleen Veenstra: Molding Psyches and Clay

on January 9, 2013 - 6:53am
'Rocky Mountain Christmas' by Kathleen Veenstra. Courtesy/FLAC
 
Kathleen Veenstra: Molding Psyches and Clay
By Nancy Coombs

Kathleen Veenstra is well known for her many years of work with the Los Alamos Public Schools as a counselor, but fewer people are familiar with her as an artist.

Veenstra is successful as a ceramicist/potter and also as a fine artist, painting landscapes and portraits.

Winter Art Classes Begin Jan. 20

on January 4, 2013 - 7:50am

KWFAG&S News:

Registration is underway for the 2013 Winter Art Classes at Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and Studio.

Community members are invited to join in the fun by participating in one of the classes, all of which will be held at the Gallery's new location, 1475 Central Ave., Suite 125.

"Creative Color and Dynamic Design," is a new evening class taught by award-winning local artist Melissa Bartlett.

Bartlett will teach participants how color theory and design are essential elements of painting. Class starts Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m. and runs six weeks.

The Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery and

Mesa Library: Metal Menagerie by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo

on December 29, 2012 - 2:25pm

Local artist Richard Swenson with his larger than life ‘running man’ piece at Audobon Park in New Orleans. Courtesy/MPL

LIBRARY News:

Metal Menagerie: Scrap Metal Sculpture by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo

Mesa Public Library Art Gallery Jan. 16-Feb. 27

Public Reception 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16

Metal artisits Richard Swenson and David Trujillo are Los Alamos neighbors, friends and fellow sculptors of fantastic forms.

Their delightful rabbits; prancing, stylized horses; plunging and cavorting wild hogs; giraffes; whales; sinuous dragons; armadillos; porcupines, not to

UNM-LA Students Venture Beyond Classroom

on December 25, 2012 - 8:28am

 

'Cloud Dance' by Pablita Velarde at Golden Dawn Gallery. Courtesy/UNM-LA

By Bonnie J. Gordon

For students in American Studies 252, "The Native American Experience," the emphasis really was on experience. The class included four all-day field trips as well as film, Internet and printed materials, and classroom discussion.

“Our first field trip was to the Tewa Basin pueblos and was led by Porter Swentzel from Santa Clara Pueblo,” Instructor Carol Noones said.

Carol Noones

The group visited Santa Clara Pueblo, then San Ildefonso Pueblo where they observed a dance.

Kate O’Donnell Transforms Home, Life Through Art

on December 22, 2012 - 7:48am

'Dancing Poppies' painting by Kate O’Donnell.

'Sitting Still' painting by Kate O’Donnell.

By Mandy Marksteiner

Kate O’Donnell, producer of the Reel Deal Theater preshow, has lived in a beautiful home on Bathtub Row for seven years. She and her husband Jim O’Donnell have restored that home to regain its historic integrity and be an inspiring place to live.

Their guiding principle for the remodel has been "Everything needs to touch you in some way."

Before World War II, the house was the arts and craft building for the Boy’s ranch.

Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday and Saturday

on December 20, 2012 - 10:45pm

 

Moon Over Mesas. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
 
Fall View From Los Alamos. Photo by Leslie Bucklin
 
Staff Report
 
The community is invited to attend the Quaking Aspen Fine Art Holiday Artist Reception Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Dixie Girl Gallery & Restaurant in downtwn Los Alamos.
 
Chat with photographer Leslie Bucklin and browse her greeting cards, matted prints and gallery images. Goodies will be served!
 
Bucklin grew up in Los Alamos and after a few years in Colorado and California, she has returned to Los Alamos to raise her family in the community she

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