'Art 350' sale will be at civic center

Mike Easterling
The first 'Art 350' invitational and sale was held last year at the Farmington Civic Center. The event returns to the center this weekend.

FARMINGTON – Artwork may not be the first thing most people think of when it comes to their holiday gift giving, but local artist Timithy Gordon hopes to change that.

“Art is a gift that the recipient can enjoy for many, many years,” said the co-founder of the “Art 350” invitational art sale, which returns this weekend to the Farmington Civic Center. “It’s a lot more personal. I think people who receive gifts of art can appreciate the fact that the person giving the art has thought a little more about that gift they’re giving.”

Jewelry by Catherine Thomas-Kemp will be included in the 'Art 350' invitational and sale.

Gordon and fellow local artist Michael Bulloch organized and staged the first edition of the event last year, designing it as a sale that would provide local art lovers with the chance to purchase affordable art as holiday gifts.

That’s where the name comes in. Every piece included in the show can be priced no higher than $350, Gordon said. Beyond that, there are few rules.

“A lot of people can’t afford stuff more expensive,” Gordon said, explaining that the affordability aspect of the show was very important to him and Bulloch.

Paintings by Debbie Clay will be part of the 'Art 350' show this weekend.

This year’s show will include the work of 21 artists, down from the 28 who took part a year ago. All of the featured artists were invited to participate, and Gordon emphasized the difference between this show and a juried show, in which artists submit specific pieces for inclusion and are judged on the merit of those works.

Wood burnings by Don Dyer will be featured in this weekend's 'Art 350' invitational and sale.

This show’s invitational format allows organizers to maintain the quality of the art, but it leaves the option of what to show up to the artists, he said.

“In this case, artists can show any type of medium that want to work in,” Gordon said, adding that an invitational format also doesn’t take as much time to organize as a juried format.

Gordon said he had no sales figures from last year’s event, but he said the event was enough of a success so that he and Bulloch decided to hold it again this year. The sale is presented by the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council.

Gordon has just finished completing the list of artists who will take place in the sale last week, and he was pleased with the roster.

Photographs by Ken Gordon are included in the 'Art 350' invitational and sale.

The list includes Gordon and Bulloch, as well as Michael Billie, Lou Mancel, John Bintz, Dan Ludwig, Doug Miller, Ken Gordon, Catherine Thomas-Kemp, Don Dyer, Debbie Clay, Marco Arviso, Joyce Brown, Zachary Emerson, Anthony Emerson, Richard Kynast, Roy Hosteen, Sharon Bulloch, Dick Bolie, Steve Barr and Rod Hubble.

Gordon said a wide variety of work will be for sale.

“There’ll be artists there doing metal work, oils, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, pottery, jewelry – pretty much the whole gamut of these mediums will be available,” he said.

Pottery by John Bintz will be included in the 'Art 350' show at the Farmington Civic Center.

The work Gordon plans on bringing to the show may surprise some of those familiar with his work, he said. In addition to his paintings, he’s also been working recently in metal sculpture and clay, and this will be the first time he’s show his work in the latter two media.

“I did metal work and clay years ago, but I haven’t done any in a long time,” he said. “I started working with clay again six to eight months ago, so this is really the first show where I’ve had enough work to show it.”

The event opens with a reception on Friday, Nov. 20 and continues throughout the weekend.

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

I f you go

What: “Art 350” invitational art sale presented by the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22

Where: Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

For more information: Call Tim Gordon at 505-486-0403 or visit nwnmac.org