Last year galleries across town gave over all of March to the Month of Photography, a biennial showcase of camera-work from not just around the region but around the globe. This year it's Month of Printmaking's turn, loosely tied together by Marina Graves's arts organization without walls, the Invisible Museum. Printmaking can be technically difficult, but it also produces more affordable artworks for serious collectors; as a workman-like medium, though, it's rarely so celebrated. As with MoP, Mo'Print has plenty to offer on many levels; following are ten shows and printmaking events you won't want to miss.
See also: Open Press 25th Anniversary Exhibit
Open Press 25th Anniversary Exhibit Open Press Ltd. March 6-April 19
You can still catch the centerpiece of Mo'Print -- the sprawling Open Press 25th Anniversary Exhibit running through April 12 at the McNichols Building that's as much a 25-year retrospective of the local art community as it is a tribute to the longevity of Mark Lunning's fine-art printmaking studio. The more condensed companion show, Past and Present Prints, opening March 6, with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., is a closeup view of twelve artists who've been working at Open Press on and off throughout its quarter-century of printmaking. Call 303-778-1116 or visit the Facebook event page for details.
Visibility ArtHaus Gallery March 6-19
More than twenty regional artists will be represented in this print show, which opens with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m. March 6 and runs through March 19, but the opening is more of a full-fledged party with live music, snacks and dancing that doubles as fundraiser for the Invisible Museum. It comes with a reasonable price tag of $15, which you can pay at the door or buy online in advance. For more information go to Mo'Print online or call 303-292-1965. Party on!
Mo'Print Month of Printmaking Show Wazee Union March 7-31
Spearheaded by Wazee Union resident printmaker Patricia Branstead, whose business, Kozo, sells fine papers and printmaking materials online and right out of the studio, this Month of Printmaking exhibition shares work by artists from Wazee Union, as well as the general printmaking community. Attend a reception on March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.; get information at the Facebook event page.
Shark's Ink: Collaborations Pattern Shop Studio March 7-May 2
Bud Shark's internationally known Lyons printmaking studio, Shark's Ink, has been working with artists for decades and Mo'Print wouldn't be complete without a show of work produced there. Shark's Ink: Collaborations, featuring works from Hung Liu, Betty Woodman, Red Grooms, Robert Kushner, Enrique Chagoya, John Buck and others, fills that bill smartly at Pattern Shop Studio, beginning with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. March 7. Shark will give a talk later in the run on April 19; the show itself continues through May 2. Visit Pattern Shop online or call 303-297-9831.
Pressing Matters Art Students League of Denver March 7-April 23
Another local beehive of printmaking (and all other disciplines of art-making), ASLD jumps into the Mo'Print fray with Pressing Matters, a juried show that runs the gamut of sophistication in contemporary printmaking, from woodcut to photo etching. The show opens with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 7 and runs through April 23. Visit ASLD online or call 303-778-6990.
Month of Printmaking: Screen Prints by Eric Michael Corrigan Walker Fine Art Through April 19
Though Walker opened its Corrigan showcase on February 28, the smart show runs through April 19, with additional works by Cheryl Rogers, Kellie Cannon, Carmiella Salzberg, Chinn Wang, Anthony Holmquist and Gary Day in the back gallery. Visit Walker Fine Art online or call 303-355-8955.
Howling Naked on the Road Red Delicious Press March 14-29
Red Delicious, a downtown Aurora printmaking facility so named for its centerpiece, candy-apple-red enameled press that's housed in a mid-century classic designed by Victor Hornbein, will present large-format works by eight printmakers, all inspired by the Beat poets and novelists; the show opens March 14 with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through March 29. Visit Red Delicious online or call 303-366-2922.
White Wine White Gloves McNichols Building 5:30-7 p.m. March 28
Mark Lunning, the master printmaker of Open Press Ltd., and seven artists will give a hands-on talk about the printmaking process while participants sip wine and don white gloves for a touchy-feely workshop that explains the tools of printmaking. This Mo'Print benefit is $15 (or $25 for a couple); find out more at the Mo'Print website.
Mo'Print Studio Tour Denver Metro Area 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29
Artists and printmaking facilities all over town will open their doors for this daylong self-guided tour, so you can see where art is made and lean more about the printmaking process directly from the artists. Visit Mo'Print online for a list of participating studios, which is still being compiled. One stop of note: Good Thieves Press, where you can get your hands dirty during a daylong March Monster Movie Madness poster-making open studio. Visit Good Thieves online for info.
Mo'Print Steamroller Printing Event Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12
You haven't really seen it all until you've seen printmaking so large-scale that it takes a steamroller to serve as a proper mega-block-printing press. RMCAD will host the daylong event in which you can participate if you choose (see the Mo'Print website for all the rules); for every print made, an extra copy will be auctioned to benefit the Invisible Museum. Thing big!
These events are but a few essential parts of Mo'Print, which bleeds into April and spreads to the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. For a complete listing of shows, talks, workshops and other events, visit Mo'Print online.
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