FARMINGTON — Every few months, the Artifacts Gallery challenges artists to submit artwork based on their interpretations of chosen themes.

The next themed show starts Monday. For this show, the gallery asked artists to come up with pieces focusing on the theme "Blue." The show will mark the first of six themed shows this year.

A reception for the show is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 12 at the gallery, 302 E. Main St. It will take place in conjunction with the annual Spring Art Walk.

Bev Taylor, the gallery's owner, said artists have submitted altered books, paintings, origami and pottery, as well as various other mediums.

Taylor's daughter, Terra Churchhill, submitted an origami piece with 30 to 50 folded birds. Taylor said it took Churchhill a few weeks to complete the piece.

Taylor also has art in the show. She will multimedia piece is part of a series she's making entitled Random Links. The artwork is made using painted, rolled-up paper, fibers, beads and painted sticks.

Taylor studied art history in college and taught art. In 1995, after finishing her teaching career, she opened 16 studios and later, in 1999, she opened Artifacts Gallery. The studio space is still available for rent.

Before each show, Taylor sends out a call to artists to announce the show's theme. One of her favorite themed shows is the October decorated bra show. She said the pieces submitted are always unique and surprising.


In addition to the themed show, the gallery is also taking part in the People's Choice Art Exhibit. People's Choice is an exhibit that allows community members to vote on their favorite artwork. Artifacts Gallery is one of the downtown businesses displaying several pieces of artwork.

The next themed show, Layers, will start in June.

Hannah Grover can be reached at; 505-564-4652. Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover