FARMINGTON — A local gallery is giving area art teachers an opportunity to show off their work.
Artifacts Gallery is hosting "Connections," a show featuring Farmington art teachers. The show started last week and will have a reception on Friday.
The idea came when Ann Bauer-Lasiewicz, an art teacher at Piedra Vista High School, was talking to the gallery owner, Bev Taylor.
"When you talk about art in schools, everybody always talks about student art in schools," Taylor said.
Bauer-Lasiewicz said when she gets together with other teachers, they talk to each other about school things rather than about art.
"Although we get together, we never really get to see each other's work," she said.
Taylor and Bauer-Lasiewicz invited the teachers to display their art and about a half dozen teachers brought art to be displayed.
Bauer-Lasiewicz brought her art for display as well.
"I generally like to create pieces that tell a story," she said.
Because of her background in graphic design, she focuses on composition and color.
Her co-worker, Courtney Hewett, also took art to the gallery. Although Hewett is a ceramics teacher, she included two glitter paintings in the display.
"A lot of people I know are transfixed as much as I am with glitter," she said.
She has also included some of her ceramic art.
Hewett said it is often hard to create art while teaching, partially because she is so exhausted when she gets home after working with the students all day.
Taylor said she hopes to have more teachers' shows in the future and hopes it provides an incentive for the teachers to continue creating art.
Response to the exhibit, so far, has been good.
"I think it's really cool that all of us teachers are getting together to show our art," Hewett said.