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.


We delivered the last Desert Triangle print to Las Cruces on October 9th :

Chris Bardey unloading the last of the Desert Triangle prints --
from Albuquerque to Las Cruces

We are PREPARING FOR PRINT DEMOS during the Las Cruces exhibition, and had an image laser cut at Cruces Creatives, to make relief prints.  This "Horned Toad Prints" image came from Meño Miranda of Guadalajara, where they made prints from the original hand-cut linoleum on the streets of Guadalajara, using a tortilla press.

Laser cut woodblock plate made at Cruces Creatives,
 ready for printing-- 
image by Meño Miranda of Guadalajara,
commemorating Horned Toad Prints in El Paso


We had a great opening in Silver City, New Mexico, for another print exhibit -- the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange -- on October 11th, 2019, kicking off the 4th Annual Southwest Print Fiesta.  This is a great lead up to the exhibit at the Las Cruces Museum of Art on November 1st.  A lot of the Desert Triangle printmakers also participated in Ambos Lados (a later print project, started in 2018).

Manuel Guerra in the middle at the opening in Silver City,
organizer of the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange,
and also participant in the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta

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.