Meet the artist of Farmington's public art mural at Sunday talk

There’s a lot going on in Farmington’s latest foray into public art. An event is scheduled with the artist, giving residents and visitors a chance to learn all about it.

John Martin’s mural debuted late last year, greeting those as they enter downtown. The colorful 8 ft. by 36 ft. mural, attached to the south wall of the CVS Pharmacy, features a wealth of imagery that represents the community, and some of it more obvious than others.

Maybe you recognize one of Farmington’s founders Nathan Powers but are puzzled by his Elton John-style sunglasses. Or maybe you can identify some but not all of the 19 languages that spell out Welcome.

Well now’s your chance to learn all about the mural. Artist John Martin will be giving a presentation on the making of his mural on Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Mi.Mosa restaurant in downtown Farmington.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be kept relatively brief on account of the Super Bowl later that evening.

Martin is a professional artist with a studio at the old Powerhouse Winery and a professor of illustration at the College for Creative Studies. His digitally-produced mural is on an aluminum composite to withstand the weather.

For those attending the event, expect an introduction of the artist, a slideshow and discussion of the historical significance of each image, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

"The beauty of these things is not necessarily what I say in the presentation but in the question-and-answer segments," says artist John Martin.

This is the second artwork installed as part of Downtown Farmington’s Public Art Program. The David Barr Sculpture Exhibit was installed in Riley Park in early 2018.

An Evening of Public Art with John Martin is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Mi.Mosa, which is located at 23360 Farmington Rd. in downtown Farmington. It is free and open to the public.

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