Saturday, September 28, 2019

ReFresh -- El Paso Museum of Art

Two Desert Triangle prints were hanging in the new exhibition -- El Paso Museum of Art: 60 Years of Collecting -- September 27, 2019 - March 8, 2020.  The prints are by Francisco Delgado and Manuel Guerra.

Desert Triangle prints by Francisco Delgado and Manuel Guerra

This exhibition is part of the grand re-opening. The El Paso Museum of Art renovated their main galleries on the 2nd floor, and officially re-opened those galleries on September 27th, 2019 -- ReFresh EPMA.


The day before, on the Last Thursday artwalk (September 26, 2019), the museum was open for a sneak peek, and Francisco Delgado was downstairs, selling and giving out prints.

Francisco Delgado at the end of the re-opening event
at the El Paso Museum of Art,
selling and giving out prints --
seated is print collector Juan Sandoval

Meanwhile, the same Last Thursday night at the Roderick Artspace in downtown El Paso,  Desert Triangle artist Federico Villalba was co-sponsoring his 6th Annual Foto Frontera photography exhibition

The Last Thursday crowd in downtown El Paso
at the Foto Frontera exhibition
on the same night that they re-opened the El Paso Museum of Art
September 26, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

Print Quake Predicted in Las Cruces -- November 1st, 2019

The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta is coming to the Las Cruces Museum of Art -- November 1, 2019 - January 4, 2020.


Desert Triangle: Print Carpeta
And Impress 2 Express
opens at Las Cruces Museum of Art

Join us Friday, November 1, 2019, through Saturday, January 4, 2020 for Desert Triangle: Print Carpeta, an exhibit that features artists from Tucson, Albuquerque, and El Paso. Sixteen Las Cruces-based artists will be featured as an extension of Desert Triangle: Print Carpeta in an exhibit addition titled Impress 2 Express. 

Desert Triangle: Print Carpeta is a southwestern print project initiated by artist and Karrl (Karl Whitaker) who commissioned his colleagues to create an exhibit featuring printmakers from the “desert triangle” (Tucson, Albuquerque, and the El Paso region). Impress 2 Express highlights local printmakers from Las Cruces. 

Desert Triangle: Print Carpeta and Impress 2 Express showcase colorful and thought-provoking images that are exemplary of the Chicano, Hispanic, and indigenous art and culture of the area. 

Opening night, November 1, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm will feature a hands-on demonstration of relief printmaking techniques by Las Cruces artist and educator Chris Bardey. This mini-workshop will allow anyone age 11 or older to make an original hand-pulled print to take home. 

The museum is located at 501 N. Main Street (RoadRUNNER Transit bus route 1, stop 36) and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: or call (575) 541-2137.

From the Las Cruces Museum of Art, Norma Hartell

We had a meeting about this on July 15th, when I took the pictures below:


The current print exhibit at the Las Cruces Museum of Art,
of African American artists from the Bay Area

We are going to include additional prints from a lot of Las Cruces printmakers, and thus toured some of the studios in Las Cruces.


Chris Bardey's studio

Chris Bardey unlocking his studio

Chris Bardey and his new refurbished printing press


Chris Preciado-Shelton (left) and his wife 
run the Reviver Custom Printing shop,
shown here next to Chris Bardey


The Cruces Creatives makerspace is new, and has murals on the walls oraganized by SABA, a Las Cruces printmaker.

Ambos Lados in Santa Fe

We had a great opening in Santa Fe for the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange -- at the Argos Studio/Gallery, on July 12, 2019.

at the Ambos Lados opening at the Argos Studio/Gallery

Many of the Desert Triangle printmakers submitted to the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange:

Exactly one year earlier -- July 12, 2018 -- Tanya Rich made her Ambos Lados print in Havana, Cuba, in the studio of Octavio Irving.  This was the first print delivered to the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.


The El Paso crew also visited all the art institutions in Albuquerque before the Santa Fe opening:

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Ben Muñoz

While Ben Muñoz is not in the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, he is making a huge print making effort in Dallas. We met him in Dallas during the SGCI print conference last March.  He put on a huge print show of Texas printmakers -- which they called "The Print Rodeo."  He came to Santa Fe to show his large prints in July, 2019.


Hecho a Mano gallery at the top of Canyon Road (830 Canyon Road) in Santa Fe, is showing large prints by Ben Muñoz during the month of July, 2019.  The opening and talk was during the evening of June 28th.

The first big print
in a series of six

Gallery owner Frank Rose
introducing Ben Muñoz

Ben Muñoz talking about his large prints


Frank Rose interviewed Ben Muñoz in a PODCAST, which can be heard online.

There are a lot of great young printmakers in Texas right now, many of which we met at the North Texas SGCI print conference last March. I can easily imagine carpeta/portfolio of large prints coming from the print masters of Texas in the near future (including some of the Desert Triangle artists). another part of Santa Fe...

On the 4th of July, we hung all 158 prints of the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange at the Argos Studio/Gallery.  The opening will be on July 12th, 5:30 - 7 PM, and remain up until August 2nd, 2019. 

Many of the Desert Triangle printmakers created and contributed to the Ambos Lados print exchange.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Summary -- Printmakers Updates

 The Desert Triangle artists have been very active since the first major exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art in 2016.  It took 3 blog entries to try to describe their progress, and of course we left a lot out.

Moreover the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta continues to show.  The next scheduled exhibition is at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in New Meixco, opening November 1st, and lasting until January 2020.

where the Desert Triangle will be in November 2019

We are almost 5 years away from the conception of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, at the 2014 Chalk the Block print exchanges exhibition.  A lot has happened since then, while the artists have all spread out, to work on bigger and better things.  That turns the Desert Triangle into a slice of history, of what people were thinking about around 2016.