Twelve Things to Do and See During Mo’Print, Denver’s Month of Printmaking

Get your fill of printmaking during Denver's Mo'Print 2016.
Get your fill of printmaking during Denver's Mo'Print 2016.
Firehouse Art Center

The biennial event Mo’Print — Denver’s Month of Printmaking — is taking over metro Denver and spilling beyond in March with shows, tours, workshops and related events celebrating every aspect of printmaking, from nuts-and-bolts monotypes and woodcuts to the more complex realms of intaglio and lithography. For a complete historical overview, you might choose to begin with A Century of Printmaking in Colorado, a trifecta of shows including the main exhibit, which runs March 3 through June 1 on the south end of level 5 of Denver International Airport, next to the Westin Hotel, and two sideshows: Hand Prints, through April 30 at the Denver Central Library, and Colorado Landscapes in Print, through June 29 at Tam O’Neill Fine Arts in Cherry Creek.

Beyond that, be prepared for an onslaught of great variety. Here are our picks to help get you started on an in-depth exploration of printmakers making work in Colorado.

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Art Students League of Denver

Pressing Matters: In Celebration of Mo’Print
Art Students League of Denver
Now through March 25
Opening reception: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12

Bud Shark, the legendary master printmaker behind Shark’s Ink in Lyons, stepped up to jury Pressing Matters, a big group printmaking-hug sponsored by the Invisible Museum at the Art Students League of Denver. Anything goes in this show honed by the ultimate expert, which allows original print works using any and all hands-on techniques. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m. during the March 12 opening.

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Kwiatkowski Press

Conecut Print Show
Pablo’s Coffee
Now through April 30
Reception: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1

Denver street artist Frank Kwiatkowski perfected — and most likely invented — the conecut print, a DIY relief-style technique in which the image is carved into and pulled off of inked slabs of cut-up traffic cones. Kwiatkowski’s political and personal printed messages will hang alongside work by Moeh Haywood, Pickle, Erin McMillin, J.PARTYLORD, Emily Moyer and other unnamed artists at Pablo’s through April, with an April Fool’s Day reception planned for April 1.

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Chloé Besson, madelife

Black Box at madelife
Now through March 31
Reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4

Boulder’s madelife continues to support the area's emerging artists with this print-centric solo show by Chloé Besson, which crosses genres to include lithography, cyanotypes and photography.

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Lindsey Clark-Ryan, RedLine

Now through April 3
Reception: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4

Curated by former RedLiners Sarah Wallace Scott and Chinn Wang, Conveners presents collaborative print works that paired up twelve artists for a hanging of grand printmaking experiments. And just for fun, participating artist Imin Yeh, a current RedLine resident, invites viewers on a scavenger hunt throughout the gallery and its outer environs to search for hidden stamps they can use to create their own prints.

Don Ed Hardy, "Climber."
Don Ed Hardy, "Climber."
Pattern Shop Studio

Shark’s Inc – Collaborations II
Pattern Shop Studio
March 4 through May 6
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday March 4

Collaboration — the magical kind that takes place between the artist and the technical master — is also explored in this salute to the painstaking craftsmanship of master printmaker Bud Shark, which doubles as a who’s-who exhibition of name artists who’ve worked with Shark over the years. Betty Woodman, Red Grooms, Hung Liu, Robert Kushner, Don Ed Hardy, John Buck and Enrique Chagoya are just a few of them; the work on view runs the gamut of printmaking techniques.

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Melanie Yazzie with a print.
Dairy Arts Center

Salt Water/Bitter Water Girl: Monotypes by Melanie Yazzie
Dairy Arts Center
Now through April 8
Opening reception: 5 p.m. Friday, March 4
Artist talk: 7 p.m. April 6

Encounters 2016: 14 Amazing Printmakers
Firehouse Art Center
Now through April 3
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11

Navajo artist Melanie Yazzie has a strong presence in this year’s Mo’Print, with a show of her own at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder and another she curated, Encounters 2016, at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont. A pioneer in the quest to find more natural and nontoxic printmaking alternatives, Yazzie creates beautiful work steeped in the symbology and philosophy of her heritage. In Longmont, she’s chosen a collection of artists working in the Southwest, most of whom hail from the Denver/ Boulder area.

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