What: An Adventure In the Arts exhibit

When: Exhibition opens on Saturday, July 20, and will run through Saturday, Sept. 21. A preview will be held on Friday, July 19. for members of the Farmington Museum Foundation and Friends of the Nature Center. People interested in joining the foundation can sign up at the preview and attend the preview.

Where: Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St., Farmington

More info: Contact the Farmington Museum at 505-599-1174.

Farmington— From Andy Warhol's famous Marilyn Monroe pop art to Jackson Pollack's and William De Kooning's abstract art, the Farmington Museum will be displaying artwork from a few famous artists.

Chuck Close’s "Phil/Fingerprint" will be displayed at the Farmington Museum
Chuck Close's "Phil/Fingerprint" will be displayed at the Farmington Museum (Courtesy of City of Farmington, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs)

The exhibit, entitled An Adventure in the Arts, is a traveling show from the Guild Hall Museum on Long Island, N.Y. It represents various styles and artists. The show opens Saturday, July 20.

"If you only hear Pollack, Warhol and De Kooning, I'll tell you the show is much bigger than that," said Bart Wilsey, director of the Farmington Museum.


Family programming will be offered in conjunction with An Adventure In the Arts exhibit. Family programs are 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10. Programming is free. Kids should be 8 years or older. Registration is required. Call 505-599-1169 or register at the museum.

July 20: Paint like Jackson Pollock, action painting

July 27: Paint like Roy Lichtenstein, pop art portraits

Aug. 3: Paint like Jasper Johns, 3D-painting

Aug. 10: Paint like Andy Warhol, pop art painting

Among the pieces in the show are landscapes and a surrealist sculpture by Max Ernst. Childe Hassam, an impressionist artist known as the American Monet, also has pieces on display.

"There's actually something for everyone," Wilsey said.

Wilsey, who has an art background, said many of the pieces of art on display were in his textbooks in college. But seeing the originals is much different from seeing them printed on pages of a book, he said.

One piece that stood out to Wilsey was a self-portrait by Chuck Close, a photorealist painter and photographer. Close used little squares of gray to create the portrait.

Wilsey said when you stand close to the picture, you can't see that it's a portrait. But when you step back, the image is revealed.

Many of the artists featured in the show have had majors influence on the art world. For instance, Jackson Pollack was "one of the leaders in the abstract expressionism movement," Wilsey explained.

Wilsey said when Pollack painted, he didn't really have any motif for his art.

"It was the process for the process' sake," he said.

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