"Mindscape Formations" by Trudy Farrell
"Mindscape Formations" by Trudy Farrell

FARMINGTON — Although Trudy Farrell has been friends with Ken and Mary MacAdams since she moved to Farmington in 1989, until now, the three friends have never shown their art together at a single exhibit.

Now, their pieces are on display at The Daily Times' Community Center as part of an exhibit entitled "Two Easels and a Camera." A reception is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, during the Holiday Art Walk. The Community Center is located inside The Daily Times, 201 N. Allen Ave.

Ken and Mary MacAdams live three houses away from Farrell, who is a New Mexico native. She was born in Roswell and moved to Farmington after her husband's job prompted the couple to transfer.

"I just worked my way diagonally up the state," Farrell said.

During the moves, she taught art and eventually became an art history teacher at San Juan College.

Ken and Mary MacAdams came to Farmington for a similar reason. Ken MacAdams worked for IBM while the couple lived in Pennsylvania, and he requested transfer to the west.

"We're so appreciative of ending up in the Four Corners," Ken MacAdams said.

In addition to the art opportunities, the MacAdams have enjoyed the outdoors in the Four Corners and said it has been a perfect community to raise their children in. Their son and daughter grew up alongside Farrell's son and daughter and the girls were friends in high school. Farrell and the MacAdams remember Girl Scout activities, teaching art in classrooms and soccer practice with their girls.

When Farrell's daughter married in Arkansas in May, the MacAdams were beside her, and Ken MacAdams took the pictures.

Ken MacAdams has been taking pictures since he was a child.

"I grew up with a dark room in my basement," he said.

About 15 years ago, his son needed an elective class at San Juan College, and Ken MacAdams suggested they take a class together. They enrolled in one of Jim Burgess' digital photography classes, and Ken MacAdams said he hasn't looked back since.

"Anasazi Solitude" by Mary MacAdams
"Anasazi Solitude" by Mary MacAdams

Usually, he photographs landscapes, portraits and weddings and said he enjoys it all.

Like her husband, Mary MacAdams finds herself drawn to landscapes and the outdoors. She is a member of the Four Corners Plein Air Painters and described her art as impressionist style.

"I really like being outdoors and love just kind of capturing the essence and spirit of the moment," she said.

Farrell also creates paintings, although she doesn't do landscapes. Instead, she is drawn to painting skies and flowers.

"I do an awful lot of florals," she said.


What Holiday art walk

When 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13

Where Downtown Farmington

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.