FARMINGTON—Downtown is gearing up for one of its largest fall events as 22 businesses prepare to feature more than 50 local artists for the 2012 Fall Art Walk.

Friday's Art Walk will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature exhibits and events in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, welcome new businesses to downtown, and run concurrent with the Four Corners Storytelling Festival at the Totah Theater.

The seventh annual "Unhooked" decorated bra show at Artifacts Gallery and Chile Store will bring awareness to breast cancer and will benefit the Cathy Lincoln Memorial Fund. The exhibit is geared toward raising awareness of breast cancer and promoting women to get mammograms and perform regular self-exams.

The bras are donated by local artists and will be for sale along with pink artwork, said gallery owner and artist Bev Taylor.

Artifacts also will feature a tasting of assorted chile products.

"We might just bust out some chocolate habanero fudge sauce," she said.

The "Get Pinked Art Auction and People's Choice" show at the TRWC and InCahoots! Gallery also plans to bring awareness to breast cancer and benefit the Cathy Lincoln Memorial Fund.

The annual "A Healing ARTmosphere," exhibit and auction at the Three Rivers Banquet Room will bring awareness to domestic violence. The San Juan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force is expected to host the event. The auction will close at 8 p.m.


All proceeds from the auction are planned to go toward raising domestic violence awareness and the support resources available to victims, said Georgette Allen, a victim advocate with the Farmington Police Department. The task force hopes that the exhibit will continue to grow, attract more artists and patrons.

An annual candlelight vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Orchard Park in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

An annual favorite is the Quilters Guild show at the Civic Center, which will celebrate the state centennial this year. The show will feature hundreds of quilts, a small-quilt silent auction, raffle and quilt challenge.

Friday's Art Walk also plans to welcome three new businesses to downtown and celebrate the return of a studio.

B&B Bridal & Tuxedo Junction, Sherrie's Studio and SnS Skate Shop all recently moved to locations in downtown and look forward to growing business in the area.

"We're really excited," said Randy Large co-owner of Sherrie's Studio. "It's been really good. Downtown offers more opportunities. We're excited to be part of downtown, part of that renaissance."

Emerson Gallery will celebrate their return to downtown, at 121 W. Main St., with new work by Anthony Chee and Zachary Emerson.

The Fall Art Walk is historically the largest of the four annual Art Walks, and organizers hope that it continues to grow.

"The tricky thing about downtown is the traffic," said Ken Collins, a member of the Art Walk Committee. "You have to put people on the sidewalk, but we're just excited. We've got people moving back in to downtown."

For more information about the Fall Art Walk, contact Ken Collins at 505-947-0422 or Elizabeth Isenberg at 505-599-1419.