Crystal Hazen will be giving a mixed media demonstration during the studio tour.
Crystal Hazen will be giving a mixed media demonstration during the studio tour. (Courtesy of Liz Stannard)

FARMINGTON — Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to glance inside the studios of three local artists during the 11th Annual Art Sale and Studio Tour on Crouch Mesa.

Fifteen local artists will be selling and showing work during the tour, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

"I think it's important for people to see where we work and not just the finished product," Janet Burns said.

Burns will be displaying work both in her house and in the detached studio where she does her encaustic paintings. In that style of painting, the artist mixes pigments with hot wax and the combination is baked in creating an inlay.

Burns said when she and her husband were building their house on Crouch Mesa, she attended Sarah Teofanov's open studio.

"When I saw what Sarah had done, I wanted to be a part of it," Burns said.

She approached Liz Stannard and Teofanov and the annual Art Sale and Studio Tour on Crouch Mesa began.

"It's just a good way for the public to come in and see what we do," Stannard said.

She said many of the people who attend are not the same people who usually go to art shows and receptions around town. The tour allows artists to introduce new people to their art. Stannard said she has had some good conversations with some of these people.

Burns said she enjoys having people come over to her house and look at the art.

"I get to see people excited about the art they're seeing," she said.

Teofanov said it is also way to shop local. When she first hosted the open studio, all five participating artists sold something.

"You get a lot more bang for your buck, literally,when you keep your money local," she said.

Stannard said the wide variety of art available, from paintings and prints to jewelry and cards, makes the studio tour a good place for Christmas shopping.

As part of her exhibition, Stannard will be displaying a 27-foot-long installation outside of her studio. She said the project, which is currently unfinished, has to do with electronics.

"I think the message is how they (electronics) have the ability to take over," Stannard said.

But not every piece of art at the show will be huge. Janet Burns said she will have a lot of small encaustic paintings that are set up as a grid so people can choose if they want a large piece of art or a small, intimate piece.

The studio show will also provide an opportunity for people to see artists at work. Encaustic artist Michael Billie and mixed-media artist Crystal Hazen will be giving demonstrations.

Visitors who stop by all three studios will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a piece of art. Burns said many of the artists have donated pieces of art for the drawing.

While the event is free, the studios will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Echo Food Bank.

"It's a tough time for everybody and bringing a can of something is an easy way to help," Janet Burns said.

IF YOU GO

What: Art Sale and Studio Tour on Crouch Mesa

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: 30 County Road 3773, 236 County Road 3950 and 1400 Williams Drive

Cost: Free

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