New studio wants to be arts hub for Farmington

Farmington artist plans to convert home on North Allen Avenue into arts and crafts studio

Leigh Black Irvin
  • Farmington artist Melissa Silversmith is renovating a house at 206 N. Allen Ave. into an arts space.
  • Silversmith wants to host painting parties at the new space, as well as occasional yoga classes.
  • Her business partner will sell natural bath and beauty products and rustic home décor in the space.
  • Silversmith hopes to open in March for painting parties. A grand opening is set for June.
A home at 206 N. Allen Ave. in Farmington is being converted in to an art gallery and studio.

FARMINGTON — The owner of a new art studio opening across the street from the Farmington Civic Center hopes the facility will become a downtown arts hub.

Farmington artist Melissa Silversmith is renovating a house at 206 N. Allen Ave., along with help from her brother, Mark Silversmith, and business partner, Kortney Vick. Her brother recently purchased the home and is leasing it to his sister to house the art studio.

Silversmith hopes to use the renovated space — updates include installing new floors, painting walls and adding trim — to host painting parties and as an art studio where she can create and sell her paintings.

Silversmith, who has owned the business Pallets and Paint for five years, brings canvases, paints and brushes to venues throughout San Juan County for "painting parties.

"If you have a group of friends or a special occasion and you want to paint together, I bring the studio to you," she said.

Vick, who owns a company called Krafty Kortney, will also operate out of the new studio. Vick's business sells all-natural, chemical-free, bath and beauty products and rustic home décor. She hopes once the studio opens, families can visit to work together on crafts, such as making soap.

"The main goal is to make it a place where people feel free to be creative," Vick said. "Arts and crafts bring out the child in all of us, so we want this to be a space where people can come and do something different than just going out to dinner or seeing a movie. We have a lot of fun ideas that no one has ever tried before."

Melissa Silversmith and her business partner, Kortney Vick, talk on Thursday about their plans for a new art studio and gallery.

Silversmith said she won't be ready for a grand opening until June but hopes to have the space finished by March 11 so she can start hosting paint parties.

Her vision for the space also incorporates yoga. As a yoga instructor, she plans to use one room to occasionally offer classes, such as hot yoga.

"I'd also like to eventually rent out one of the other rooms to another artist to use as their studio, or if someone wanted to use a room to offer massage, that could be possible," she said. "People will also be able to rent space for a private party, and they could use our kitchen to make food here."

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Vick and Silversmith are also cleaning and landscaping the large yard with the hopes of offering outside arts and crafts activities.

"We would like a little garden in front, and a patio where people could do outdoor painting or entertaining," Vick said. "The huge yard will be great if people want an outside party. We want to utilize all of the space that's available."

Both women said part of the home's attraction was its vintage nature. The house, which was built in 1925, still has many of original features, including tin ceilings, antique wood cabinetry and vintage fixtures.

"A lot of these old homes don't still have their original windows — it even has the old coal room and pantry in the basement," Silversmith said. "We want people who come in to see the original beauty of the place."

Although many of Silversmith's painting parties will take place at the new studio, she plans to continue offering mobile painting parties at people's homes and other venues.

But, she said, she is looking forward to becoming a regular part of the downtown arts community.

"This location is great. I'm excited to get involved in the downtown art walks and other events," she said. "I want to let people know we're here, and really want it to become a creative hub for the community."

Leigh Black Irvin is the business editor for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621. 

More info

Palettes and Paint: 505-860-9313 or visit the Palettes and Paint Facebook page.

Krafty Kortney: 505-716-6157 or TheKraftyKortney.Etsy.com.