Sunday, 19 April 2015

Print Houston

I was pleasantly overwhelmed by the print fair in Houston -- It Came From the Bayou -- at the Saint Arnold Brewery, on Sunday, April 19th.

Houston Print Fair
Sponsored by PrintMatters

Big Houston Print Fair
Flickr photos of the event!!!!!!!!!

I bought many very affordable prints for the YayBig Southwest collection from:

* part of the Outlaw Printmakers

Students from Texas A&M Kingsville made me a t-shirt on the press:

Meanwhile, the main event was big steam roller prints.  Between 11 am and 3 pm, they made 50 prints (using Gamblin relief ink):

The previous day (Saturday, April 18) I went to the Open House at Burning Bones Press. Besides demonstrations,they had people from Drive By Press, Gamblin and Speedball.

Burning Bones Press

Letterpress demo

Burning Bones studio

I came to Texas to see the big steam roller prints in a San Antonio museum, which were done in El Paso last October.  On a lark I decided to sleuth prints in  Houston, after finding the Burning Bones Press announcement online.  The print show far exceeded my expectations.  Congratulations Houston!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

San Antonio pop-up -- Gallista Gallery

On the evening of April 11th, I set up a pop-up print table in front of the 3rd Space Art Gallery space, in the back of the Gallista Gallery complex, near downtown San Antonio.  It was so much fun showing the artwork during the Second Saturday artwalk.  Thank you Kim Bishop and Luis Valderas for having me!

A print selection from our collection,
both from the Southwest and Oaxaca

Print connoisseur

The scene in front of me

Projection of video
showing the steam roller prints
that Kim and Luis produced
at Texas A&M San Antonio

Alejandro Macias had the main show at the 3rd Space Art Gallery:

I bought 4 thick books on Chicano Art at the Gallista Gallery:


I also bought a new prints from Jenn Rodriguez and Arthur Morales at the Ⓡspace across the street, least I return to Tucson empty handed.  Last summer we bought one of her prints front Etsy for the YayBig Southwest collection, but I had never met her before.  So this was an unexpected treat, finding her there.  

Jenn Rodriguez

Jenn introduced me to Alex Rubio last night, as she was exhibiting in his gallery.  Alex has prints showing currently at the Vincent Price Museum-- Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection -- and next month we intend to drive out to LA to see them.

Alex Rubio electrifies San Antonio

I came to San Antonio to see the steam roller prints displayed at a fancy  museum downtown --  Texas A&M University-San Antonio Educational and Cultural Arts Center (ECAC)  -- in a show called Texas Sized Breach.  Kim and Luis came to El Paso last October to print with El Paso artists Jesus "Cimi" Alvarado, Zeque Penya and Francisco Delgado.  (and we sided busted, bringing two Tucson artists into the mix -- Ruben Urrea Moreno and Marcus Robiason).

The fancy museum downtown 
*** Texas A&M University-San Antonio Educational and Cultural Arts Center (ECAC)***

Both Tucson prints are on the left side of this picture

Sheet of one large print

Celeste de Luna did a big steam roller print
with the Texas A&M San Antonio group
(not the El Paso group).
She came to the Gallista pop-up print show last night

Other art in San Antonio:

Dr Lakra mural, done 2014 --
he is from Oaxaca, where we saw his work last December

huge parking lot mural
in downtown San Antonio

I also enjoyed Vincent Valdez's work in the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Later I went to Austin and bought two silk screen prints from the Serie Project at the Mexic-Arte Museum:

While in Austin I also visited Flatbed Press and Slugfest Printmaking Workshop.