FARMINGTON — Lou Mancel has been a silversmith since she was a young teenager. Now, the Aztec woman is one of 12 artists who will participate in an art show and sale at Crash Music in Aztec Saturday. Mancel will have chains and jewelry for sale at the show.

"Basically, with my artwork, it's always evolving, always changing," Mancel said.

She said she never does duplicates of her pieces.

"It's not something you can find at Walmart," she said, explaining that though she thinks the store has a variety of jewelry, hers is unique.

When Mancel has a cold or is on medication, she said she had a rule: she refuses to go into her studio because it could be dangerous with the fire and other materials she uses. Instead, she often sits down and does chain work, such as making the chains for the necklaces or chain mail.

"I find doing chain work extremely relaxing," she said.

She also does chain work while listening to college courses from The Great Courses on DVD that she and her mother are taking. They are currently studying a course on Egypt history.

Those courses allow Mancel to continue learning. She said because she often travels, attending college classes was out of the question.

Mancel, who works with computers doing internet security, said art helps her balance her brain.

Mancel has shown her work at Crash Music in the past. And she said that she enjoys showing there, as well as attending the concerts and art shows the venue hosts at the Aztec Theater.

"It makes me feel really happy to live here in Aztec," Mancel said.

Sue Rys, one of the owners of Crash Music, said Saturday's art show will also include live music and refreshments.

Local band Living Door will play and various Crash Music students are also scheduled to perform, including those in Crash Music co-owner George Rowe's drum class.

"We were just looking for a way to have an open house for several artists," Rys said.

The art show and sale also provides opportunities to shop locally.

"Instead of supporting a big box corporation, you're buying one-to-one," Rys said.

But, Rys said, it's not only about selling art.

"It's the kind of thing where people can come and hang out," Rys said.


What: Art Show and Sale

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Crash Music, 104 N. Main Ave., Aztec

More info: 505-427-6748 or

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.