FARMINGTON — Dar Trost first saw the canvas she used for one of her paintings when she was at an antique store in Illinois.

The canvas an old turtle shell was damaged. Something was glued to it. But Trost bought the turtle shell and cleaned it off. And then she proceeded to paint and string beads onto the shell.

Trost is one of many local artists whose work will be featured at 15 downtown Farmington businesses during the Spring Art Walk on Friday. Trost's work will be displayed at the Dusty Attic, 111 W. Main St.

Trost describes her work as Southwestern. She uses a lot of Native American symbols, such as kokopellis and cachinas. Trost grew up in Oklahoma surrounded by Native American culture and said she loves it.

"I get lost in it," she said.

Trost typically makes clay posts and masks. She starts by placing a pattern onto the clay and then carves away from it to create a three-dimensional look. Afterwards, Trost takes the pot to get fired Êplaced inside a hot kiln and cooked.

Then she gets out her paintbrush.

Trost paints the pattern she created and, occasionally, wraps the pot with leather.

One of Trost's art pieces on display at the Dusty Attic is part of the People's Choice Art Exhibit, which started several weeks ago. Artists were permitted to submit one piece of art for voting, and visitors have come from as far away as California to vote for their favorite pieces.


Ballots must be dropped off by Friday at the Three Rivers Art Center, 109 N. Allen Ave. Kathy Johansen, one of the center's members, said there has been a steady flow of ballots.

"I think it's been good for the community," she said.

Art in People's Choice is marked with a special tag to separate it from other pieces. Artists from around the Four Corners are participating in the show, and many are expected to travel to Farmington for the art walk.

In addition to People's Choice, two local businesses will host opening receptions for their shows as part of the art walk. Three Rivers Art Center will have a reception for its recycled show and Artifacts Gallery will host a reception for its themed show, Blue. The receptions and art walk start at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Participating businesses:
  • Artifacts, 302 E. Main St.
  • Altered States by Design, 612 N. Dustin Ave.
  • Sherrie's Studio, 101 W. Main St.
  • SNS Skate Shop, 123 W. Main St.
  • Dusty Attic, 111 W. Main St.
  • Farmington Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Broadway Ave.
  • Brown's Shoe Fit, 124 W. Main St.
  • Three Rivers Art Center, 109 N. Allen Ave.
  • Affordable Furniture and Moore, 224 W. Main St.
  • B&B Bridal and Tuxedo Junction, 217 W. Main St.
  • Bedrooms Plus, 225 W. Main St.
  • Eternal Color, 221 W. Main St.
  • Mikasa, 400 W. Main St.
  • Wal-Art, 422 W. Main St.
  • La Petit Salon, 406 W. Broadway Ave.

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