Downtown art walk planned for this weekend
FARMINGTON – The first quarterly art walk of 2016 takes place Friday, Feb. 12, when four of the district’s businesses plan to welcome visitors as part of the event.
Taking part in this walk is one newcomer, the Dusty Attic at 111 W. Main St., while the other three participants — Artifacts Gallery, Studio 116 and the Three Rivers Arts Center — are mainstays of the event.
Artifacts, located at 302 E. Main St., will feature three new exhibitions that will showcase the work of dozens of local artists. The gallery’s annual woodworking show leads the way, while an exhibition by photographer Richard Knyast and the themed show “Textures” also will be displayed.
Artifacts owner Bev Taylor said she expected at least 20 pieces to be submitted for the woodworkers show, which her gallery took over in 2014 after the exhibition originated at the Henderson Fine Arts Center gallery at San Juan College. Such artists as Glen Crandall, Ramon Valdez, Jesse Russell and Jacob Morgan will feature their work in the show.
The themed show “Textures” is exactly what it sounds like, Taylor said.
“It’s anything that follows the theme,” she said. “It’s most paintings, but we’ll also have collage, recycled work and assemblages. … We thought a themed show looking at texture would work well with a woodworking show.”
At Studio 116, 116 W. Main St., owner Karen Ellsbury said she will feature new work by photographer Patrick Hazen, as well as several small pieces of art that will be sold for $10 apiece as a fundraiser for the annual People’s Choice competition this spring. The pieces are works that have been donated to fundraisers by local artists in the past, and the list includes work by the likes of Marilyn Campbell, Crystal Hazen, Robb Rocket, Roswell, Rachel Sitton and Jody LaRue. Ellsbury said the work covers a variety of media.
Studio 116 also will sell decks of cards that feature the artwork entered in previous People’s Choice exhibitions for $6. The cards have proven to be a popular item with local art fans, and each year’s deck focuses on a different theme — Day of the Dead, steampunk and the New Mexico centennial.
If the weather cooperates, Ellsbury said she plans on having live music at her gallery. She encouraged art lovers to venture out for the art walk, the most recent of which took place in late November.
“We’re ready to celebrate,” she said. “Spring is on its way.”
Many visitors will get their first chance to see the new home of the Three Rivers Art Center, which is now located at 123 W. Main St., just a block from its former home at 109 N. Allen. Owner Sue Johnson opted to relocate to what she considered a site with better visibility, and the center will be featuring the work of its members this weekend.
Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.
If you go
What: February Gallery Walk
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12
Where: Downtown Farmington