FARMINGTON — Colorful, abstract paintings by Barb Luther will decorate the walls of Farmington's Studio 116 throughout July.

The studio will host a reception for the art exhibit Friday evening.

Luther's journey in the art world started as a way to deal with depression.

"Art was a way for me to imagine a new me," Luther said.

Art soon became more than that and transformed from a hobby into a passion.

Luther said she started in the art world by taking a class at a community college in Cheyenne, Wyo.

When she started, her style was realism — she wanted to "duplicate reality." However, she now paints abstract art.

She said creating art has become a part of her.

 "Teardrop" by Barb Luther is displayed at Studio 116 in Farmington
"Teardrop" by Barb Luther is displayed at Studio 116 in Farmington ( Courtesy of Studio 116 )

"I love color," she said. "I think color is what inspires me the most."

The color is one of the aspects of Luther's art that caught Studio 116 owner Karen Ellsbury's attention. Ellsbury is also an abstract artist with a love of color.

"I like the combinations of the looseness and freedom of some of her pieces with the calmed control of the mandalas," Ellsbury said about Luther's artwork.

She said she thinks this variety in Luther's artwork "shows a great depth of character."

IF YOU GO

What: Art reception

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Studio 116, 116 W. Main St. in Farmington

More info: 505-801-5998

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