Farmington — Ten-year-old Eliza Marrion sat in a small studio space at Artifacts Gallery on Tuesday afternoon, adding the finishing touches to a colored pencil still-life of three fruit.

Two years ago, her father signed her up for lessons with Artifacts' owner, Bev Taylor.

"She just is the wiz kid," Taylor said. "She learns everything I can teach her."

Marrion's artwork will be featured during the upcoming Artifacts Gallery themed show, "Fruits of Our Labors." The show will have a reception on August 16 in connection with the gallery walk. The gallery walk will feature three downtown galleries -- Three Rivers Art Center, Artifacts Gallery and Studio 116.

Eliza Marrion adds color to her picture on Tuesday at Artifacts Gallery
Eliza Marrion adds color to her picture on Tuesday at Artifacts Gallery (Hannah Grover The Daily Times)

As part of the show, Artifacts Gallery decided to show off their child artists, whose artwork will be displayed at the front of the gallery.

"We decided to do a fun show to show off what they've learned," Taylor said.

In addition to Marrion, Taylor's grandchildren Emryck Churchill, 13, Ayden Churchill, 9, and Owyn Churchill, 5, will be displaying their artwork. The three usually have art in the Artifacts shows, Taylor said. However, this time, they will be the featured artists.

Taylor began Marrion's lessons by teaching her to draw. She has since progressed to painting and woodworking.

"The basis of it all is the drawing," Taylor said.

Marrion's pieces in the show demonstrate this concept. The art she will display is a series based off a single drawing of an apple, a pear and a strawberry. After drawing it, she traced the image onto other canvases and recreated it in other mediums such as collage, acrylic and watercolor.

In order to get the exact same shadows, Taylor took a picture of the still life on her iPad and Marrion looked at these images while painting and drawing.

An incomplete drawing by Eliza Marrion is seen on a table at Artifacts Gallery in Farmington on Tuesday.
An incomplete drawing by Eliza Marrion is seen on a table at Artifacts Gallery in Farmington on Tuesday. (Hannah Grover The Daily Times)

All of those images will be displayed. And Marrion said this is the first time her art will be for sale.

Marrion said her favorite of the pieces is the acrylic.

Marrion often takes what she learns during lessons to make gifts and presents for her friends and family. She is also currently working on a wooden box with carvings on it that Taylor is encouraging her to enter in San Juan College's woodworkers show.

"She uses everything I teach her," Taylor said.

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