A painting by Gabi James, 7, is displayed Tuesday at Artifacts Gallery in Farmington.
A painting by Gabi James, 7, is displayed Tuesday at Artifacts Gallery in Farmington. ( The Daily Times photo )

FARMINGTON — A variety of work by artists of all ages will be displayed at Artifacts Gallery this month.

The themed exhibit focuses on artists' interpretations of the word "play." Bev Taylor, the owner of Artifacts, said she received a wide variety of art including paintings by local artists Sandy Nelson and Dwight Lawing.

Nelson's painting, which depicts a scene from her memories of a girl blowing bubbles, sold before Nelson even finished the piece.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in conjunction with a downtown Farmington gallery walk.

Nelson is one of various artists who rent studio space in Artifacts Gallery.

Lawing, another studio artist, painted an image of teddy bears for the show.

 Decorated beach balls by Rod Velarde are displayed Tuesday at Artifacts Gallery in downtown Farmington as part of this month’s themed show.
Decorated beach balls by Rod Velarde are displayed Tuesday at Artifacts Gallery in downtown Farmington as part of this month's themed show. ( The Daily Times photo )

"It's kind of a fun, open-ended theme this month," Taylor said.

Her favorite submission is one of Rod Velarde's mixed media pieces.

"He's decorated the surface on three beach balls," she said.

Taylor is also preparing her own work for the show. She plans on showing a book she has made as well as possibly three small paintings.

Her grandsons also have paintings they will display. In addition to Taylor's grandsons, at least six other works of art by local children will be on display throughout this month's exhibit.

Gallery walks take place in downtown Farmington in between the four art walks each year as another way to encourage the local art scene. While the gallery walks tend to be smaller than the art walks, a handful of galleries will open their doors.

"It just gets people downtown," Taylor said. "Gives people a reason to come downtown."

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.