August gallery walk takes place this weekend

Mike Easterling

FARMINGTON — Three downtown galleries will take part in the August gallery walk scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12.

"Better Times," an oil painting by Steve Unger, is part of a showing of works by the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners opening this weekend at the Artifacts Gallery.

Two exhibitions are planned at the Artifacts Gallery, 302 E. Main St., including a show by members of the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners featuring scenes from the Big Bend area of Texas. A larger version of the exhibition opened in June 2015 at the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The Artifacts show is a pared-down version of that exhibition and features the work of Steve Unger, Kathy Walling, Julane Jenson, Fran Mayfield, Carolyn Dailey, Debbie Doty, Evelyn James, Jane Clayton, Helen Bruski and Marilyn Taylor.

Artifacts owner Bev Taylor said members of the group approached her about showing the exhibition at her gallery so that local art fans would have the chance to see the work. The exhibition is expected to feature approximately 36 pieces.

“The paintings are really good, and it was a great idea and I was happy to show it for them,” Taylor said. “They had to pick the best of what they did, so these are all top-quality paintings.”

Also opening that night at Artifacts is the show “Drawn Image,” which features the work of several local artists, including Lane Wood, Mona Martinez, Ernie Johnson, Maria Kompare, Sandy Nelson, Charity Hoover, Chris Cook and Astrid Campbell. As the title indicates, the subject matter is limited to work done with colored or graphite pencil. Taylor said she expected 15 to 20 artists to submit work for the show.

Both shows will remain on display at the gallery throughout August. Artifacts also will be featuring live music the night of the art walk.

At the Three Rivers Art Center, 123 W. Main St., the annual Members Show will be taking place. The exhibition is expected to feature the work of 15 artists, including Ann Fourr, Joni Casey, Dede Otero, Betty Reed, Sheri Atkinson, Elaine Bakkenson, Catherine Kemp, Susan Armenta, Matt Bahe, Kay Duncan, Tim Gordon and gallery owner Sue Johnson. The work ranges from stained glass by Duncan and metal sculptures by Gordon to pottery, jewelry and photographs by the other participating artists.

Pottery by Ann Fourr is included in the annual Members Show opening this weekend at the Three Rivers Art Center.

Johnson said each artist in the show will be displaying at least eight pieces in various media, so the exhibition is expected to be a large and varied one.

TRAC also will be showcasing gifts for pets, including organic catnip mice and dog biscuits. Proceeds raised from the sale of those items will go to support gallery programs.

"Light and Shadow" by Chris Cook is part of the "Divine Design" show continuing at Studio 116.

At Studio 116, 116 W. Main St., the “Divine Design” nude art exhibition that opened in July remains on display with some new pieces added. The gallery will be featuring live music during the art walk.

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

If you go

What: August gallery walk

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12

Where: Three galleries in downtown Farmington