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FARMINGTON — Artists and downtown businesses are preparing to celebrate five years of successful partnership.

Farmington's Holiday Art Walk will be held from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 14 with more than 40 artists and 19 businesses participating.

"This is the fifth anniversary of our first art walk," said Elizabeth Stannard, an artist who serves on the city's Art Walk Committee. "I feel pretty good about that. We started out small and the momentum has just built up over the years."

When the city's first Art Walk was held in December 2007 only a few businesses and artists participated.

The event continued to grow, attracting more businesses, artists and public turnout.

"Retail shops are becoming art venues," said Elizabeth Isenberg, the city's director of government relations and special projects. "It really grew from there. It started off as an event, but it's turned into a business promotion."

Pieces submitted this year include paintings, pottery, mixed media, photography, jewelry and sculpture.

Andrea Kristina's Bookstore and Kafe, Artifacts Gallery and Chile Store, B and B Bridal and Tuxedo Junction, Bedrooms Plus, Brown's Shoe Fit Co., Dance Castle Boutique, Dusty Attic, Emerson Gallery, Patchwork Pig, Rendezvous, Sherrie's Studio, SnS Skate Shop, The ARC of San Juan County, Teec Nos Pos Pawn, Totah Theater, TRWC and InCahoots! Gallery, Wal Art Gallery and Willow Tree - Natural Fibers, Yarns and More will be participating in the Holiday Art Walk.

Piedra Vista High School Students will display photography, drawings, paintings, pastels and sculptures of horses at 112 West Main St. Sales proceeds will go to benefit the Four Corners Equine Rescue Center.

Kirtland Central High School students will display work at Rendezvous at 110 West Main St.

"It's the concept of the artists and businesses working together to generate community," Stannard said. "That potential to generate community is there in the art walks."

For more information on the Holiday Art Walk, contact Elizabeth Isenberg 505-599-1419.