"Old October's purt' nigh gone, And the frosts is comin' on
Little heavier every day--Like our hearts is thataway!" - James Whitcomb Riley
October at the Art Center
Another busy month of arts and culture are upon us! October is National Arts & Humanities month and the Fuller Lodge Art Center plans to celebrate. Join the party!
Plein Air Painting Show Closes
On Saturday, October 6, the PAPNM Los Alamos Paintout show came to a close. This impressive exhibit was extremely well received by the community. Thank you to everybody who participated in the event and who came by to check out the show.

What a pleasure to have had these beautiful paintings in our gallery! Thank you PAPNM!!

Closed on Monday, October 8
The Fuller Lodge Art Center will be closed on Monday, October 8 for Columbus Day/Indigenous People Day.

We will reopen on Tuesday, October 9
at 10am.
National Clay Week
October 8 - October 14
Ceramics are broadly defined as “inorganic, nonmetallic materials that exhibit such useful properties as high strength and hardness, high melting temperatures, chemical inertness, and low thermal and electrical conductivity but that also display brittleness and sensitivity to flaws".
National Clay Week’s focus for 2018 is exploring clay in all its forms through the lens of industry.
Follow NCW on Instagram to see what's going on in the world of clay!

Speaking of Clay...
Did you know that the Fuller Lodge Art Center has a Ceramics Studio on the premises? The studio is run by the FLAC Clay Club and runs on a membership basis. If you've ever been interested in joining up with a group of people who share the love of clay, the Clay Club might be a great fit!

Artist Spotlight
Have you seen the latest edition of Los Alamos Daily Post's PRISM published on September 27? There was a lovely write up on two of our local potters, Alison Ticknor and Catherine Ozment.
Here's a little preview:

Fuller Lodge Art Center brings together artists of all types. Alison Ticknor and Cat Ozment met through the co-op-style club that maintains the Art Center’s ceramics studio, and they quickly became friends through a shared enthusiasm for developing new glazes. Over the last year, they’ve also become more involved with the Art Center: both have started teaching classes for FLAC, and both have begun displaying their very different styles of pottery in the gallery.  

Alison has been involved in ceramics for nearly twenty years, while Cat is a relative newcomer. Ali teaches beginning and intermediate wheel classes through FLAC, and Cat says she feels “fortunate” to be able to learn challenging throwing and decoration techniques from her friend. Ali’s undergraduate degrees are in ceramics and physics, “which makes perfect sense to me,” she says. 
“People sometimes don’t see any connection, but pottery is full of science.” Glazes and the clay itself are crafted mixtures of compounds that, when fired, form a permanent object. “The possibilities really are endless, and it’s exciting to see students turn a lump of clay into a finished piece that they can take home and enjoy."

Both artists continue to develop their own creative projects, but, as usual, they also have some new glaze colors in the works, and they can’t wait to open the test kiln.
Sculptural Vessels at UNM-LA
On display in the library at UNM-Los Alamos is "Sculptural Vessels" featuring the artwork of Sharon Brush
"I have always been drawn to objects whose history is written upon their surface: The river rock worn smooth from centuries of tumult; the bleached, chewed bone found on the desert floor; the bare-bones landscape of the American Southwest. These things speak to me of timelessness and mystery and rouse a thousand questions that will never find an answer. It is all that I don’t know, that deepens my viewing experience. The influence of such objects and landscapes seep into every piece I make.
 
I approach the construction of each of my vessels as a sculpture -- working to create rhythm, flow, reverberation and quiet within each one. Intrigued by contrasts, I move from slow, sweeping curves to staccato points and ridges; from enclosed space to open passage; from deeply textured surface to river-rock smoothness; from black to white. It is my hope that the finished piece will bring the viewer a sense of calm and quiet."

The show will remain on display until November 1, 2018.
An Evening of Arts & Culture
Friday, October 12
On Friday, October 12, businesses in the heart of downtown Los Alamos will keep their doors open late to bring a cacophony of music to the public during the annual Evening of Arts & Culture event. The Fuller Lodge Art Center is pleased to be a part of the event again this year. Not only will we have live music, but we’ll be hosting a party as well!
 
From 5:00 to 7:00 pm, FLAC will hold an opening reception for the newest exhibit, "Shadow Boxer" as well as Michael Red ondo's show, "Fe 7 (CN) 18"  in the Portal Gallery.
While artists are mingling and refreshments are being served, Joy Charles will be playing cello live in the gallery. Listen to the bold sounds of the strings while taking in the haunting artwork throughout the gallery. Then let your ears guide you through the night, and follow the trail of music into a fabulous evening of arts and culture!

Booklets can be picked up around town, including at the Art Center.

Shadow Boxer Opens
Join us on Friday, October 12 as we open our last themed exhibit of the year, "Shadow Boxer"! Over 30 artists who have battled with inner demons, confronted suspicions, and faced their fears will have their artwork on display. Some artists have conquered their darker emotions and chose to play with light and shadows. A variety of subject matter and media will be showcased throughout this exhibition.
This event is free. Refreshments will be served.
“Shadow Boxer” runs from October 12 – November 10, 2018.
Fe 7 (CN) 18
The Fuller Lodge Art Center has got the blues! Because we always try to make the best of a situation, we are turning it into a party. Join us on Friday, October 12 as we open local artist, Michael Redondo’s solo show, “Fe7(CN)18″.  Michael has given the Portal Gallery a cyan tint with his photographs celebrating Los Alamos locals, landscapes, flowers, manhole covers, and other odds and ends. His show opens in conjunction with FLAC’s show in the main gallery space, “Shadow Boxer”.
Piers' talk will take place upstairs at the Fuller Lodge Art Center on Friday, October 12, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Bastar Metal Casters Talk
with Piers Watson
In preparation for the upcoming "Ancient Metal Casting" class, instructor Piers Watson will give a talk on “Bastar Metal Casters”. This talk will look at how the Luted Crucible technique is completely integrated into the culture of hereditary tribal metal casters in a remote area of India. It focuses on the social, economic and cultural role played by metal casting and touches on questions of caste, religion, arranged marriage, and the different roles played by the men and women of the village. The lecture introduces questions about how we perceive “craft” as it is practiced in rural India and “Art” as it is practiced in the West. 
The Gateway to the Holidays Fair
On Saturday, October 20, the Fuller Lodge Art Center will be holding the 38th annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair at the Crossroads Bible Church at the entrance to town! From 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, check out the work of almost 70 artists! There will be a wide variety of media including jewelry, ceramics, woven garments, photography, paintings, ornaments, dolls, and so much more. Don't miss our Gateway to the Holidays Fall Fair event!
Trick or Treat on Main Street
YouTube Sensations
The Fuller Lodge Art Center will be participating once again in the annual Trick or Treat on Main Street event, happening this year on Friday, October 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm!

Last year, we dressed up as the Avant Garden-an asparagus, pumpkin, eggplant, and chile pepper. This year, we will go as YouTube sensations featuring videos of our chosen personalities!

Be sure to swing by and check us out! And grab some candy for the road.
Do you subscribe to New Mexico Magazine? There's a wonderful write up on Los Alamos' Halloweekend from last year. Check it out!
Looming Deadlines
Affordable Arts
There is still one more deadline for entries for our annual Affordable Arts show. If you make quality art that could make great gifts over the holidays, we would love to see you enter!

Last deadline is Friday, October 12, 2018.

Upcoming Classes
Gourd Painting
Join us for a beginner class in gourd painting! This 3 hour workshop will cover the basics of preparing, painting, staining, and finishing your gourd. Bring your own gourd to paint or you can purchase one from the instructor.
Instructor: Delores Daniels
Date: (Sat) 10/13
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $30

*Later sign ups may be possible--contact (505) 662-1635.
Beginning Wheel
For students exploring the wheel for the first time; practice centering,opening, pulling, trimming, and glazing with a focus on simple forms such as cylinders and bowls.
Instructor: Alison Ticknor
Dates: (Sat) 10/13 - 11/3
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: $80 + $15 Material Fee

*Later sign ups may be possible--contact (505) 662-1635.
Living in a Material World:
Sculpture
All artistic media have their own touch and feel. Take on a world of different 3D media in this workshop such as clay, paper, wire, wax, and more. The goal in this workshop is the journey, not a finished product. But it should lead you to a jumping off point for your creative endeavors!
Instructor: Rebecca Redondo
Date: (Sat) 10/18
Time: 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Cost: $30 + $30 Material Fee
Ancient Metal Casting
Learn the ancient Luted Cruclble method of lost-wax metal casting while creating your sculpture. We work with natural materials such as beeswax, clay, sand, rice hulls, copper and tin, and then cast your sculpture using an outdoor charcoal fired furnace.
**New price on this class**
Instructor: Piers Watson
Dates/Times:
(Fri) 10/19, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
(Sat) 10/20, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
(Sun) 10/21, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $175 + $35 Material Fee
The Luted Crucible method is a pre-industrial lost-wax casting process that is still in use today in parts of India and West Africa and that remains almost unknown in Europe and North America. The focus of the workshop will be to turn beeswax into bronze using the Luted Crucible technique. This transformative process begins by mapping out the expected progression of the workshop, after which we will begin working with beeswax to make our objects.

We begin by making and attaching wax sprues to the wax models, creating sand/clay molds around the sprues and models, building clay crucibles to hold the metal, measuring precise quantities of copper and tin to create the bronze alloy, and finally joining the molds to the crucibles thereby forming the Luted Crucibles.

During the casting the students will assist with time keeping, testing, adding charcoal as well as removing, inverting and cooling their Luted Crucible. It is important that the other students observe and make mental notes so they are prepared when it's their turn as there is a lot to learn. Once the Luted Crucibles have cooled, students will be shown the correct way to open a Luted Crucible so they don't damage their work.

All Luted Crucibles will be cast by the end of the second day. The finishing process begins with demonstrations on how to correctly use a hacksaw and file to remove excess metal, and how to polish the surface of the pieces.
There will also be a demonstration of how to make and use two very basic patinas (brown and blue/green).

After the demonstrations, we will work on finishing our pieces until everyone's work is completed. It's important that everyone's piece is completed during the workshop to allow each person to learn fully from the others and to see how different people have taken different approaches to the process. During this time we will discuss openly and without judgement the aesthetic, conceptual and technical aspects of each persons work as it relates to the creative process with the goal of helping people develop their ability to talk articulately about their work.

A photo cube with lights and tripod will be set up so people can document their finished pieces and there will be time to share all social media contacts for those who want to.
Watercolor Pencils:
The Blue Door
Create a southwestern dwelling using watercolor pencils in this 3 hour workshop at the Art Center.

Instructor:Susanne Harrison
Date: (Sat) 10/20
TIme: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $30

Etegami-Japanese
Picture Letters
Etegami is a Japanese folk art consisting of simple, hand-painted drawings accompanied by a few apt words or a quotation. In this class, students will learn the three basic rules for painting etegami by using traditional tools. Beginners are welcome!
Instructor: Else Tennesen
Date: (Sat) 10/20
Time: 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Steampunk Leather Clutch
Students will create and sew their clutch together and then add ornamentation to bring it to life!

Instructor: Rebecca Roelant-Wauson
Date: (Thurs) 10/25
TIme: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Cost: $15 + $15 Material Fee

Watercolor Workshop:
Grandpa's Farm
A charming farm nestled in autumn woods will really help you to enjoy painting in watercolor! Golden fields add to the Indian Summer mood. The crops are in and the apples harvested so all can enjoy this moment of country beauty before winter sets in.
Instructor: Mary Cardin
Date: (Sat) 10/27
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $70
Bead Images
I n this two day workshop, learn to make an image with just beads, a needle, and thread. No loom or fabric involved. By the end of this class, you will take home a framed, beaded picture you made of a butterfly, bear, or an owl.
Instructor: Ann Greene
Dates: (Sat) 10/27 & 11/3
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $80 + $15 Material Fee

Japanese Ledger Notebook
Students will sew pieces of leather and paper together and add "bling" to bring their creation to life!

Instructor: Rebecca Roelant-Wauson
Date: (Tues) 10/30
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $20 + $10 Material Fee

All class registration can now be done online or in person. Give us a call at (505) 662-1635 for help.
In and Around Town
Bandelier
There's a new Artist in Residence at Bandelier National Monument! Jym Davis lives in Atlanta and is an Associate Professor of Art at Reinhardt University in north Georgia. He describes himself as a mask-making sculptor, a photographer, and myth builder. Since 2016, Jym has been invited to be a National Park Artist-In-Resident four times. He lived and worked at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, and Big Cypress Preserve / The Everglades in Florida.  His work reflects his interest in conservation, environmentalism, and 'otherworldly' landscapes. The unique sculptural masks reflect the animals and landscapes where the artwork was made. "As I work the masks begin to take on the personality of the terrain and the animals that inhabit the area. Sometimes my masks are inspired by a fossil or a single artifact. Each mask becomes an expression of the landscape, with characteristics emerging as sharp angles, prickly spikes, gentle curves, or rounded edges." 

Jym arrived at Bandelier on October 2 and will depart on Monday, October 15.
Rose Chocolatier
On Friday, October 12 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, head over to Rose Chocolatier for a reception featuring photographs from Lemonade Living's Spring Dance. Lemonade Living is a lifestyle healing organization whose mission is to enrich and empower the lives of young adults with developmental disabilities. Listen as they share their vision and mission with the community.
Karen Wray's
Beginning on October 18, Kate O'Donnell and Ann Marie Trapp will have a Duo Art Exhibition titled, "When Oil and Water Mix" at The Karen Wray Gallery. There will be an open house with refreshments on Thursday, October 18 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2, here in Los Alamos. The show runs through November 10.
EVFAC
On October 13, from 10:00 - 11:30 am at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, meet Ann Lane Hedlund, Ramona Sakiestewa, and Peter Hiller for a book presentation and signing of "Navajo Weavers of the American Southwest".
From the mid-17th century to the present day, herding sheep, carding wool, spinning yarn, dyeing with native plants, and weaving on iconic upright looms have all been steps in the intricate process of Navajo blanket and rug making in the American Southwest. Amateur and professional photographers documented the Diné (Navajo) weavers and their artwork, and the images they captured tell the stories of the artists, their homes, and the materials, techniques, and designs they used. These historical pictures illuminate perceived traditional weaving practices. The authors' power point presentation offers a deep and insightful narrative to these historic images and relates them to modern life.
**Background image is "Tangled Ribbon" by Pat Pitcher
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