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Creede to host annual National Small Print Show

The 10th annual National Small Print Show will take place in Creede, starting May 28.

Sponsored by the Creede Arts Council, the exhibition is housed in the lobby of the Creede Repertory Theatre. The opening reception will be held Friday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine and refreshments will add to the festivities. The art will be on display and available for purchase until June 28.

The exhibit has garnered national attention from printmakers and collectors alike. This is a juried show of original, hand-pulled prints using various printmaking techniques, including lithograph, etching, serigraph and many others.

The judge this year was Stephen Quiller, owner of Quiller Gallery in Creede. He is an internationally-known painter who works primarily in water media, monotypes and intaglio printmaking.

Award money will be given to the following artists: First Place to Leonard Leibowitz of Forest Hills, N.Y., for his etching aquatint “Spot is the Laziest Dog in the World:” Second Place to Janet Badger of Bangor, Maine, for “Memory of Jennie”, an intaglio; and Third Place was awarded to Gordon Sherman of Hays, Kans., for his monotype “Arch.” Honorable mentions were awarded to Martha Hayden of Sharon, Wisc., for her etching aquatint “Grief,” and to Berry Klingman of Waco, Texas ,for his etching “Trailmarkers: Sighting III.”

The small prints are a great way to start an art collection or to enhance an existing one. The pieces fit well in small places as they cannot exceed 10x10 inches matted, and are reasonably priced, ranging from $30 to $400.

In addition, this year the Creede Arts Council will sponsor a demonstration before the reception with nationally recognized printmakers Steve Quiller and Larry Basky. This educational event is made possible by a grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts. The free demonstration and lecture on various printmaking techniques will take place across the street from the print show at The Mermaid Cafe from 5 to 5:45 p.m., on May 28. Other printmakers may attend as well. Reservations are required for the lecture.

Proceeds from the exhibit help the Creede Arts Council in its mission to promote the arts and humanities in Creede through education, exhibition and performance.

For more information on the show or the Creede Arts Council or to make a reservation for the free lecture, contact Charlene Ameel at (719) 658-2602 or Jessica Baron at (719) 658-0312.