Art by Marybeth Yates displays this year’s Summer Art Walk fundraiser’s theme, 13.
Art by Marybeth Yates displays this year's Summer Art Walk fundraiser's theme, 13. (Courtesy of the Art Walk Committee)

Farmington — Four times a year, people flock to downtown Farmington to look at local artists' work.

This year, the Summer Art Walk, put on by the Farmington Downtown Association, will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

To ensure there are more art walks in the future, the Summer Art Walk includes a special fundraiser. This year's fundraiser, "13" will take place at the Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse banquet hall, 107 E. Main St.

The fundraiser will feature a silent auction of both two- and three-dimensional artwork.

"We've got a variety of work from local artists," said Liz Stannard, a member of the Art Walk committee.

Stannard said the theme "13" is a variation from last year's 2012 centennial theme.

The funds raised during the auction will go to advertising the art walks, as well as creating cards and maps for the art walks.

The first art walk was held in 2007 and was inspired by the monthly art walks that were held in Aztec. Stannard was also involved in the Aztec art walks while working at A. Teasyatwho Gallery. Now Aztec only has one art walk a year, which coincides with the annual Aztec Highland Games in October.

When Farmington's art walks started, Stannard said only three businesses were involved. This year, 16 businesses will be involved in the Summer Art Walk.

New businesses this year include The Daily Times and the Farmington Civic Center.

Studio 116, an art studio in downtown Farmington, will be holding its grand opening during the art walk. A ribbon cutting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the studio, located at 116 W. Main St.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and Follow her on Twitter @hmgrover