FARMINGTON — Downtown businesses and art galleries are coming together to show off the work of local artists during Summer Art Walk.
Summer Art Walk is from 5 to 9 p.m. June 13 in downtown Farmington.
Studio 116 is one of the various art galleries participating. Karen Ellsbury, the studio's owner, said it will be displaying black and white art work by community members. She said everyone is invited to participate by submitting one piece of art no larger than 10 inches by 20 inches to the studio, located at 116 W. Main St. In order to be in the show, the art must be submitted by June 10.
"Part of our mission is to have a place for other people to show their art as well," Ellsbury said.
In addition to showing off artwork, Studio 116 is also celebrating its one year anniversary.
"I think it's just been wonderful all the people I've got to meet and I like how art brings the community together," Ellsbury said.
She plans on expanding the studio to incorporate more of the community with a paved patio space out behind the gallery. In order to pay for the project, the studio is selling bricks for $10 each, which can be painted or customized.
The community space will be a place for something like open mic night
"So many people miss that from Andrea Kristina's," she said, referencing the bookstore and cafe that shut down more than a year ago.
Artifacts Gallery, located at the corner of Wall Avenue and Main Street, will also show off work as part of its themed show "Tools of the Trade."
"We've got some really fun pieces (coming) in," Bev Taylor, the gallery owner, said.
She said one is art done on a hard hat.
She is also hoping people looking at the art will stop by the gallery's chile store.
"We do have a whole bunch of new chocolates for the chile store," Taylor said.
In addition to adding new chocolates, the studio has added a new artist, oil painter Catherine Blascovich Downing, to its collection of artists.
Downing contributed an oil painting for the themed show as well.
Taylor said the themed shows are chosen based on the ability for multiple mediums to work with the theme.
"I try to think of something that has possibilities on all levels," she said.