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Annual San Juan Quilters Guild show at civic center one of the event's highlights

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FARMINGTON – Downtown visitors who make it out for this weekend’s Fall Art Walk will be treated to a pair of shows that feature artistic elements largely derived from the 19th century.

The big draw is likely to be the annual San Juan Quilters Guild show, “A Carousel of Color,” at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St., which will feature quilt artworks donated over the years to the guild by watercolor artist Dwight Lawing.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 and continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. It features a variety of categories, including holiday/seasonal quilts, children’s theme quilts, large-format quilts and display-only quilts. It also features a silent auction and attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

Admission to the show is $5, with children being admitted free.

Art Walk Committee member Liz Stannard said the Fall Art Walk, which takes place Friday, is usually the best-attended walk of the year, and she expects “A Carousel of Color” will serve as a major draw.

But the Art Walk will feature several attractions of its own, including the “Steampunk” show at the Three Rivers Art Gallery, 109 N. Allen Ave. The show serves as a fundraiser for the annual People’s Choice show and competition, and a number of local artists have donated 8-inch-by-10-inch wall pieces with a “Steampunk” theme for the show. Those works will be sold for $50.

Additionally, images of those works have been placed on a deck of cards, and those decks will be available for purchase for $12.

TRAC owner Sue Johnson said 49 pieces had been submitted for the show by late last week, with a few artists submitting multiple pieces.

This is not the first year such a fundraiser has been held, but Johnson said the beneficiary in the past was a fund set up to pay for advertising and marketing efforts for the Art Walk series. The fund still has a comfortable balance, however, so Johnson said organizers decided to turn over the money from this year’s fundraiser to the People’s Choice show and competition, which offers cash awards to top finishers in multiple categories.

Johnson said the wall pieces and decks of cards won’t go on sale until 5 p.m. Friday, when the Art Walk kicks off, and she expects some of the works to go quickly.

“There are usually people fighting over them,” she said.

Many of the pieces in the show are the product of a steampunk-theme workshop that was held a few weeks ago at Karen Ellsbury’s Studio 116. Her husband, photographer Patrick Hazen, captured the images, and decks of cards – which will be sold for the third time at this year’s Fall Art Walk – have turned out to be very popular with local art fans, Johnson said, raising several thousand dollars.

Among the artists who have contributed pieces for the show are Delaney West, Doug McNealy, Tim Gordon, Roswell, Deb Latta, Cindy Bunker, Pip Howard, Deb Fisher, Crystal Hazen and Andrea Landon.

“It’s just an assortment, and each year, different artists find out about it and want to participate,” Johnson said.

The first year the cards were created, the theme was centered on New Mexico’s centennial celebration. Last year, the theme was Dia de los Muertos.

The decks are so popular, it isn’t unusual for them to sell out, Stannard said, but Art Walk organizers have ordered more to meet the anticipated demand.

“We were surprised at how quickly they went (the first year),” she said.

Several other shows will be a part of the Art Walk, as well. A group of Native American artists from Capacity Builders – N.A.T.I.V.E Project will be displaying their work in Orchard Plaza, and the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council will be staging a Dia de los Muertos art sale. The Hispanic Culture Month Art Show will be held at 119 W. Main St., while Artifacts Gallery will present its “Bits and Pieces” show that features the work of several local artists. Other steampunk-themed work will be shown at Studio 116.

Additionally, Allen Street north of Main Street will be closed to traffic, and live music, food vendors and the work more artists will be featured there.

Art Walk maps can be picked up at any of the venues that take part in the event.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.

IF YOU GO

What: The Fall Art Walk

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9

Where: Locations throughout downtown Farmington

For more information: Call 505-360-0147

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