FARMINGTON — From paintings of horses to sculptures of lamps, the Farmington Museum is displaying a wide range of art this month as part of an annual show.
About 120 pieces by artists from around the United States are displayed at the Farmington Museum as part of the Gateway to Imagination juried art show.
The show started at the Farmington Civic Center 16 years ago, but moved to the museum the second year.
About 320 pieces of art by 170 different artists were submitted for consideration for this year's show.
Digital images of the work were sent to the juror, James Trigg, who narrowed them down to the 120 pieces currently displayed.
"You see the images in digital form or a slide form when they enter it, but it's totally different when they send you the actual work," museum director Bart Wilsey said.
Wilsey said that is his favorite part of the show.
"It's kind of like Christmas," he said about opening up the boxes containing the pictures and sculptures.
Wilsey said many artists enter the show year after year.
"It's a way of getting some bragging rights and win a prize," he said.
Each year features a different juror. Because of the differences in taste and style of the jurors, each year brings in a different variety of art.
Wilsey said previous jurors have had expertise in realism, photography and painting.
Trigg is an impressionist painter and the work selected for the show reflects his preference. There are many impressionist-style paintings and a variety of sculptures displayed this year.
Trigg was selected as the juror later than usual when the original juror dropped the show. Some of the artists complained to the museum about the change because changing jurors after the submission deadline also meant a change in styles and expertise chosen.
The museum offered refunds and some of the artists dropped out of the show.
However the majority of artists remained in the show and their art is now on display. While many artists are local, some are from as far away as West Virginia.
Wilsey said he likes to bring in art from other places so local artists can see other regional styles and trends, however the museum still supports the local arts.
"I am very proud of the New Mexico artists and especially the Farmington artists who get into the show," Wilsey said.
IF YOU GO
Lecture by James Trigg: 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday
Reception: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St.
More info: www.farmingtonmuseum.org.