Monday, July 15, 2019

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

We had a meeting today (July 15), planning for the exhibition of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta at the Las Cruces Museum of Art -- November 1, 2019 - January 4, 2020.






PRESS RELEASE

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: museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 541-2137.

From the Las Cruces Museum of Art, Norma Hartell


LAS CRUCES MUSEUM OF ART


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.


FOUR POINTS PERSPECTIVE


Chris Bardey's studio


Chris Bardey unlocking his studio


Chris Bardey and his new refurbished printing press




REVIVER PRINTING





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




LAS CRUCES CREATIVE MAKERSPACE

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.




ALBUQUERQUE

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.







EXHIBITION AT 
HECHO A MANO GALLERY

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




















PODCAST

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).



MEANWHILE...in 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.