Work of 17 local artists to be showcased during event

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FARMINGTON — Even under normal circumstances, artist Janet McHaley Burns says her home studio is a lively place.

"There's lots of color, and it is joy oriented," she said. "I like happy stuff."

But Burns' studio has taken on an especially festive dimension in anticipation of this weekend's annual Art Sale and Studio Tour on Crouch Mesa. Her studio is one of three in the community that will be open and featuring the work of several local artists.

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Burns' home at 1400 Williams Drive will feature work by herself, Sue Johnson, Timithy Minnick, Steven Barr and Michael Billie. Sarah Teofanov's home at 30 County Road 3773 will feature her work, along with that of Lou Mancel, Janet Grenawalt, Beverly Todd, Beth McClure and Tory Teofanov. Liz Stannard's home at 236 County Road 3950 will feature her work, along with that of Doug McNealy, David Trudeau, Jamie Fairchild, Paloma Baron and Clara Nibbelink.

"It's like Christmas in here," Burns said today as she prepared her studio for the tour by setting up the work of the other artists. "It's great. It's like a pop-up gallery."

Burns said she loves welcoming visitors into her studio, which is something she's done almost every year since the tour's inception 15 years ago.

 

"It encourages me to get myself organized and clean it up," she said, laughing and explaining that her studio is normally chaotic.

She especially enjoys having the chance to mingle with visitors in a relaxed atmosphere that an opening reception at an art gallery simply can't duplicate, Burns said.

"I think most artists really like to talk about what they do and how they do it," she said.

Burns will be featuring plenty of new work during the tour. She said she has some mixed-media pieces that employ food wrappers cut into quilt patterns, as well as paintings inspired by her walks along local rivers.

She said she's also ready to part with several older pieces that she had been unwilling to sell before now, which fall into the mixed media and encaustic genres.

"Oh, my gosh, my studio's full," she said of the number of pieces she'll have available for sale.

Stannard is opening her studio for the tour again after taking last year off and said she also enjoys interacting with those who go on the tour.

 

"I really like it because you get in some very good conversations with people about your work, whereas at a gallery, you don't get that," she said.

The tour also will include live music, with Jay Harvey performing in Teofanov's studio, while Eric Campbell will play Saturday in Stannard's studio and Michael McNealy will play on Sunday.

Visitors will receive a tour "passport," and those who visit all three studios and get the document stamped at each stop will be entered into a drawing for free artwork.

All three studios will welcome donations of nonperishable food items for the ECHO food bank.

Maps of the tour can be obtained at the Henderson Fine Arts Center on the San Juan College campus, at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park and at Studio 116 in downtown Farmington or by emailing FMNarttour@hotmail.com.

Both Stannard and Burns encouraged those who have never gone on the tour to give it a try and consider purchasing artwork as a unique holiday gift.

"It's going to be a nice day, and we've got a lot of art," Stannard said.

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

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