IF YOU GO

What: Layers themed art show

When: Reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 14. The show continues through July 27.

Where: Artifacts Gallery, 302 E. Main St., Farmington

Contact: Artifacts Gallery can be reached at 505-327-2907

Gallery hours 10:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

About the Gallery: Artifacts Gallery, located in the historic Farmington Lumber building, features around 50 local and area artists. There are various mediums including watercolor, oils, acrylic, collage, calligraphy, pottery and handmade books. More than a dozen artists have studios within the gallery. The studios are open to the public. Visitors can talk to local artists and watch them work.

Farmington — When Bev Taylor picks themes for her gallery, Artifacts, she goes with broad strokes.

She chooses themes that are general enough to encourage all types of artists to participate. But, at the same time, she keeps it specific enough to maintain some semblance of a uniform theme.

"Whatever type of artist you are, you should be able to come up with some kind of idea," Taylor said.

Artifacts' themed show "Layers" began on Saturday. An opening reception will be held during Summer Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 14.

The show has a variety of different types of mediums displayed, from an encaustic piece by Janet Burns made using painted fabric and wax to a layers of folded paper by Tara Churchill. Medardo Gonzales, an emerging local artist, submitted a piece showing flies trapped in silvery spider webs.

Taylor said landscape painters were able to work with the layers theme by painting landscapes like sandstone and mountains.

For some artists, the art portrays layers of objects. For example, Elaine Frink digitally manipulated a picture of smashed cars piled upon each other for her piece entitled "Auto Graveyard."

Other artists, such as Burns, went a different route and used layers of different mediums to create their masterpieces.

Maria Kompare, another local artist, rose to the challenge by creating a mixed-media piece based on the 1985 movie "Ladyhawke."

"Ladyhawke" tells the story of a noble woman and her lover, a knight. The star-crossed lovers are cursed by a powerful man. During the day, the woman is stuck in the form of a hawk. She flies around and lands on the knight's arm. But, at night, when she is in her true form, the knight is stuck in the form of a wolf. The wolf guards her through the night.

Every sunset, for one moment, the two lovers can see each other while they are both in their human forms.
An acrylic painting entitled  Teddy  was created by local artist Ann Bauer. It is one of the pieces of art on display at Artifacts Gallery as part of the
An acrylic painting entitled Teddy was created by local artist Ann Bauer. It is one of the pieces of art on display at Artifacts Gallery as part of the Layers show. (The Daily Times)


The art is created using a variety of art techniques included paint, paper, and oil crayons. In the foreground, a silhouette of a bird can be seen. In the background, there is an eye staring out. The piece also include layers of archways and even a snowflake.

"The story has layers and then the artwork has layers," Kompare said.

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