New Exhibitions Manager To Coordinate Fuller Lodge Arts Center, Mesa Public Library Gallery Shows

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Diane Stoffel has joined Fuller Lodge Art Center where she will be the exhibitions manager for both the Mesa Public Library Gallery and Fuller Lodge Art Center Gallery. Courtesy photo

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New Mexico Stars – a fiber art piece by Nicole Dunn. Photo Courtesy FLAC


Fiber artist Nicole Dunn with her jaguar piece. Photo Courtesy FLAC


On Nov. 1, Fuller Lodge Art Center Director, Ken Nebel, was again contracted by Los Alamos County to provide exhibit coordination services for the art gallery on the top level of Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Nebel and his staff will continue to provide expertise in curating art shows and informational exhibitions on a monthly basis, marketing and promoting public attendance and shaping the content to both inform and inspire Los Alamosans and visitors alike.

Nebel has hired new staff member, Diane Stoffel, to manage the transition and then continue as exhibitions manager for both the Mesa Public Library Gallery and Fuller Lodge Art Center Gallery. Stoffel is a professional artist who has shown work locally at the Fuller Lodge Gallery and taught painting and drawing for the Center’s very successful Summer Art Camp.

A native of upstate New York and more recently western Iowa, Stoffel moved to this area two years ago. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, a Masters in Archaeology from the University of Buffalo, owned an advertising agency, taught art to K-12, and worked in field archaeology in both New York and New Mexico. Curating and managing exhibits will draw on her lifelong dedication and experience in art.

The current show at Mesa Public Library Art Gallery, Threading the Path, FIBER ART by Nicole Dunn, opened Nov. 7 with an evening reception and runs through Nov. 30.  Forty quilted pieces, ranging in size from 12 x 12” to 100 x 100” adorn the upstairs gallery space. The quilts are all original designs by Nicole Dunn, a Los Alamos resident.

Her key interest has been in creating visual and real texture with either one-inch strips or many, many, different small pieces of fabric that together create an image, as well as using more subtle fabrics like silk and wool. Many of the quilts have strong, colorful images including a jaguar, rooster, thunderbird, bobcat, desert landscape, and winter aspens. Others focus on patterns of color, texture and geometric form.

Many reception attendees were fellow quilters who recognized the immense talent and the meticulous work that has gone into these quilts. Most quilts in the show are available for purchase directly from the artist, however, sales are steady. The gallery is open the same hours as Mesa Library: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday located at 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos.

On Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, fiber artist Nicole Dunn will give a Gallery Talk on the subject of her creative process and inspiration for pieces in the Threading the Path, FIBER ART show. The public is invited to attend at no cost.  

For more information, please contact the Art Center at or (505) 662-1635.


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