Fuller Lodge Art Center resides in a wing of the historic Fuller Lodge in the heart of Los Alamos across from Ashley Pond. Fuller Lodge, designed by John Gaw Meem, was erected as a home for the Los Alamos Ranch School in 1928. During the Manhattan Era, it became a restaurant and bar for the great minds gathered on the plateau for the war effort. Art has been an integral part of life in Los Alamos since the Manhattan Project, with the Art Center evolving out of a group formed in the 1940's to put on exhibitions featuring the work of New Mexico artists and to meet to create art. Today this tradition is carried on through the Art Center with an exhibition space, a Gallery Gift Shop, classes taught by professional artists for children and adults and informal art groups. The Los Alamos Life Drawing group meets twice weekly with a live model and is open to all interested artists. The Los Alamos Photography Club, Adobe Users Group, Beader Babes and Woodcarvers are all groups associated with the Art Center, each meeting once a month. The Art Center hosts Summer Art Camp, "the Best Six Weeks of Summer" for children of all ages, providing art workshops on a day camp basis. In the exhibit space, nine different thematic shows rotate throughout the year, featuring the work of profesional artists as well as emerging artists. The Gallery Gift Shop offers high quality arts and crafts, from jewelry to paintings to ceramics, by 100 artists from northern New Mexico.