Following fine art scholarship studies in Florida, Montana and Mexico, von Conta pursued graphic design studies in New York City. This culminated in a 25-year career in advertising as an art director in New York. Artist Sally Hayden von Conta. Courtesy/Historic Santa Fe Foundation HSFF News: Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) is hosting Chasing the Heart, an exhibition of Sally Hayden von Conta’s plein air pastels July 5-26 with the opening 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 5 at HSFF’s El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road. Arriving in Santa Fe in 1986, von Conta quickly became established as an artist specializing in mixed media fine-art, and since 2001, she has been working in plein air pastels. She has exhibited at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Mo.; Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, Texas; and Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas, among other venues. Her one-person exhibitions include shows at Galeria de los Colorines, Mexico City, Mexico; Century Gallery, Santa Fe, in “Reflections in the Moment” and Leech Studio Gallery, Sarasota, Fla. Her plein air pastel paintings have been honored with numerous awards and included in many invitational group exhibitions. von Conta lives and paints in Santa Fe. ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONvon Conta’s newest exhibition features plein air pastels that she created in visually compelling and inspirational locations around New Mexico. These places bring her solace and often provide an expansive landscape for quiet examination. While she selects them for their visual appeal, the locations solicit more that an optical and cerebral reaction. She said she feels a sense of place that many experience in New Mexico – the warmth of its landscape, the history of the land, the recognition of the passing of time through the light and shadows, the evidence of the movements of the waters and winds – and manifests the feelings in vibrantly-colored paintings. She was led by her heart to New Mexico and her work captures this emotional connection to the grandeur of the vistas of the state. This exhibition features 16 recent plein air pastels by von Conta. For more information on the exhibition, contact Melanie McWhorter at 505.983.2567 or [email protected] ABOUT THE ARTIST A plein air pastel by Sally Hayden von Conta. Courtesy/Historic Santa Fe Foundation
On the job in Los Alamos is Research Associate Chuck Hannaford ,from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, teaching young students Tuesday at Ashley Pond Park about Native-American life in New Mexico, as part of the History Adventures children’s summer program presented by the Los Alamos History Museum. The program includes hands-on history activities that has kids moving, making, thinking, sharing and learning every Tuesday morning through July at Ashley Pond Park. History Adventures is free and no registration is required. For more information, click here. #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Ken HansonResearch Associate Chuck Hannaford from the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies, with Los Alamos History Museum Educator Aimee Slaughter, center, shows students archeological artifacts Tuesday at Ashley Pond Park as park of the History Adventures children’s summer program. Photo by Ken Hanson
COUNTY News:The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:Diamond Drive Paving:Star Paving is working on mill and overlay of the roadway surface between Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and Sandia Drive/Orange Street with an anticipated finish date on or before high school begins Aug. 14. Mill and overlay will then proceed to between Sandia/Orange and the roundabout at San Ildefonso Road by Sept. 20. Final project completion is set for Sept. 27, weather permitting.Asphalt milling and paving work the week of July 29 through Saturday, Aug. 3 will involve work only at night. Star Paving will begin at 6 p.m. and work throughout the night. Traffic will be restored with all lanes open for the morning commute before 7 a.m. With the constricted schedule to complete work between Omega Bridge and Sandia/Orange, night operations have been deemed to be more efficient than working through the day time work hour restrictions that were previously announced in Cone Zone last week.Residents and businesses along Diamond Dr can expect to see and hear activities related to road construction overnight this week.Two lanes of travel, one in each direction, will be maintained on Diamond Dr during working hours overnight.If time permits, crews may elect to mill and repave the roundabout at San Ildefonso before Aug. 14. This will require the use of flaggers to direct traffic and result in some delays.Work will begin Monday at Los Alamos Canyon Bridge (aka Omega Bridge) and proceed north to the San Ildefonso roundabout, with a goal to complete work in front of UNM-LA and the High School before school/college resumes for the Fall session Aug. 14. On-going Manhole Repairs – Ponderosa Estates in Los Alamos: Crews continue adjusting manholes in Ponderosa Estates along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive. Work continues through the end of this week. The concrete being used is a high strength mix and requires a cure time; therefore, residents are urged to avoid driving over these manholes for the first few days after they are poured. Traffic control will be set up daily in several locations along the project route and residents are urged to use caution when driving through and walking near these work zones. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.Roadway StripingWork is focused in the area of local school zones in Los Alamos over the next two weeks. All crosswalks are being pressure washed and painted in the early morning hours; no traffic impacts expected but motorists are asked to slow down and use caution in these areas.Road striping in White Rock has been suspended until after school begins in mid-August.Questions on the above projects? E-mail [email protected], or call 505.662.8150.Other road construction projects:N.M. 502 Roundabout and Road Reconstruction (NMDOT project):Work continues 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The speed limit is reduced to 25 mph. N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) east-bound traffic is being detoured to 4th Street and Central Avenue. After a full stop, motorists should turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east-bound out of Los Alamos on N.M. 502. West-bound N.M. 502 traffic entering Los Alamos and approaching the roundabout construction zone is being detoured onto Central Avenue; continue west to Knecht Street (or alternatively, continue to the traffic light at 15th Street) then turn left to return to Trinity Drive. There is only one lane of traffic in each direction on Central Avenue.Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak commute times.Traffic advisories from NMDOT are available on www.nmroads.com and motorists are asked to check the site for updates on this project as it proceeds.TA-21 Clean Up Project – DP Road (N3B project):No change in truck traffic on DP Road from last week’s report. Clean-up work on the LANL TA-21 Site at the far eastern end of DP Road continues. Large trucks carrying away demolition debris containers will be exiting DP Road at an average of approximately three trucks per day. Motorists are asked to be alert for trucks exiting; use caution when entering or exiting DP Road, as this area is near the N.M. 502 Road Reconstruction project.
Daily Postcard: The sun sets Friday behind Griffith Gymnasium. By Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com
By ROBERT FUSELIERLos AlamosNote: This is the first of a two-part series on the emotional system that influences our lighter side. It’s fun but, if we’re not careful, can also cause us some trouble.Many mammals demonstrate behaviors known as rough and tumble (RAT) play. The behaviors and the stimuli that evoke the behaviors are so similar that it’s clear that we and other species share the same innate neural networks that control them. For clarity, I’ll refer to the neural network from which RAT play originates as the RAT Play emotional system.Young rats will respond in apparent joy with a laughter-type noise when they are tickled on the ribs in a way extremely similar to the way our children respond to the same stimulus. They also wrestle, as do our puppies and kittens, in ways that are almost identical to human wrestling, including takedowns and pinning.The RAT emotional system has evolved to help young animals develop physically and to allow them to experience real-life emotional situations in a safe environment. For humans, the latter benefit relies heavily on us as adult caregivers being involved, or at least close enough to supervise, whenever children are engaged in RAT play.We engage in different levels and types of RAT play at different ages. As adults, we modify our play to match the age of the children with whom we’re playing. We’ll tickle infants and toddlers, play “monsters” with 4 to 6 year olds, rough horse with 7 to 10 year olds, and joke around with pre-adolescents and, if we’re lucky, teenagers.Adult-adult RAT play is rarely physical, although competitive sports may have something to do with this emotional system. Yet, RAT play in adults retains a purpose that is similar to RAT play in children: it helps adults deal with difficult emotional settings.Our most difficult emotional experience, the sense of abandonment and separation, is controlled by what Jaak Panksepp calls the Panic emotional system. The RAT play emotional system is designed to help ease social tensions that come with the Panic system’s activation. We’ll join others in enjoying a good laugh at the expense of someone else, especially if the person is someone we view as having a high social standing. Think of court jesters of the past who could poke fun at royalty without losing their heads. Comedians and late night show hosts serve similar roles for us today.The goal of all comedians is to activate the RAT play emotional systems of as many people as possible without activating too many Panic emotional systems. To do so, they like to find someone all the audience can scapegoat in common. The material of many comic routines involves “poking” fun at people with high status, especially the politicians who we elect. We enjoy pretending to see them fall from status with the same joy as watching someone fall on a banana peel in the middle of a crowd.The RAT play emotional system appears closely connected to the Social emotional system, which is the emotion through which we bond with others and is our counterweight for Panic system. In primates, isolation from others dampens the desire to paly even after the young monkeys are reunited with others. According to Panksepp, young primates need to sense support and social warmth before they will engage again in RAT play.Humans are no different. We need to have the Social emotional system activated to enjoy RAT play and comedy. When we feel secure within a group, we can play and joke around with each other. When we don’t, we can easily become wallflowers.The connection between the RAT play and Social emotional systems is often seen when individuals are introduced. A valuable use of the RAT play emotional system in adults is when we engage the system to lighten a difficult social situation. Jokes and laughter are great tools to help people feel connected in social settings that may otherwise be awkward. The RAT play emotional system is a great icebreaker.But our comedic emotional system has its downside. We can take it too far and end up victimizing the poor person at the center of the joke. And, we can find ourselves being the victim as well. When either happens, the beneficial effects of the RAT play emotional system are quickly lost.Next week: More RAT play time.
Snowy scene this morning on the Main Hill Road … motorists are urged to proceed with caution. Photo by Wendy Hime
“Flat story?” Doc asked. “No.” Home CountryBy SLIM RANDLES “Then I think I’ll order breakfast,” Steve grinned. “That’s ridiculous,” Doc said. “You’re kidding.” “No. Really. They said those pictures of earth from satellites and astronauts and the moon was all faked by Hollywood so people wouldn’t know the truth. They swear the earth is flat and that if you go to Antarctica, you can find where the earth ends and I guess you can fall off into space or something.” “Yeah. You know them guys who think the earth is flat and went to Antarctica to prove it?” “Me neither. Always sounded too dang cold a place to have much fun there. But them flat earth folks just had to go.” “Did you read the paper from the city today?” Steve asked. The rest of us shook our heads no. Most everything pertaining to us occurs on the pages of the Valley Weekly Miracle or is deliberately excluded for the same reason. “I’ve been following that flat story, you know,” Steve said, nodding yes to Mavis for a coffee refill. “Haven’t heard how that went yet.” “And if they fall off,” Herb asked. “What then?” “You ever been to Antarctica, Doc?”
On The Job In Los Alamos: County Workers Spreading Holiday Cheer This Afternoon Along Central Avenue
On the job in Los Alamos are County workers decorating lampposts with holiday wreaths and garland this afternoon along Central Avenue. Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.comCOUNTY News:The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter Ad-Hoc Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. today in Conference Room 110 at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.The meeting is open to the public.Agenda:Call to OrderApproval of Nov. 20 MinutesDiscussion of Best Practices Guide – Vision and Goals, Policies, Procedures, Training, Enrichment, Inspections and MetricsDiscussion of Ordinance RevisionsDiscussion of Facility IssuesNew BusinessMeeting Adjourned
The Christmas Tubas perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Kelly Hall in Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Courtesy photo The sound of brass instruments playing Christmas carols is a staple this time of year. When those instruments are tubas and euphoniums, the sound has a more mellow character. Hear the Christmas Tubas perform in a free concert 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, at Kelly Hall in Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Courtesy photo