8 • OCTOBER 2018
Getting Your Prints On
Southwest Print Fiesta grows in its third year
ow in its third year, the Southwest Print Fiesta is a celebration of all things printed. Join us Oct. 5-7, 2018 in beautiful Downtown Silver City to experience the variety of work being made by printmakers from all over New Mexico, as well as El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix and points in between. There are workshops, a vendor market, and the chance to cheer on the steamroller printing spectacle while soaking up the inky good vibes. The fiesta kicks off with a juried exhibition. This exhibition is a testament to the visual culture of resistance – a show of posters addressing the wide variety of political and social issues of our current climate predicated upon broad visions of hope, justice and freedom. The show reception runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday Oct. 5 at Seedboat Gallery, 214 W. Yankie Street. The Artisan Marketplace will be featured 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, on Market Street between the Big Ditch and Texas Street. Watch printmaking demonstrations and try free printmaking activities for
all ages. Artists’ booths will offer fine art prints, letterpress creations and more for sale. The steamroller tunes up at 11 a.m. and every hour on the hour as a large-scale, hand-carved artist block will be inked and placed on Market Street. Once inked, a steamroller (think steamroller without the steam) will roll over the blocks to create large artist prints. On Sunday, Oct. 7, a slate of workshops and print making activities will be offered to those interested in learning new techniques in printmaking and letterpress. New in 2018, in addition to our deep-dive Sunday workshops, we will be offering several more casual drop-in sessions for those with limited time or budgets, or if you just want to sample a few different print techniques without getting your hands too dirty. For information contact the Mimbres Region Arts Council, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, located in the Wells Fargo Bank building, 1201 Pope St., or visit: www. southwestprintfiesta.org, or call 575-538-2505.
ON THE PRESS • ELVA K. ÖSTERREICH
Power and Light
Silver City business uses classic equipment to create contemporary cards
o-sponsoring the Southwest Print Fiesta and site of several workshops for the event, Silver City’s own Power and Light Press moved to a bigger, brighter location almost a year ago and is settled into is new large warehouse space at 601 N. Bullard St., Unit F (in the Hub). Power and Light Press is a print shop “built to handle all of life’s messy emotions,” according to its official website. “Our company is fueled by a fleet of all-female letterpress printers with clean hands and filthy mouths: a bunch of real class acts who like making real-ass things. Because at Power and Light Press, we aren’t afraid to get a little dirty now and then.” Owner Kyle Durrie moved the business to Silver City after starting it in 2009. “I started because I fell in love with the craft of letter press printing,” she said. Accounts Manager and Presswomyn Natalie Good has been working at the facility for two years. The shop employs five women, who all print on the presses and take on different responsibilities of the business. “I do more of the wholesale accounts that we have here,” Good said. The business has more than 375 retailers to which it ships its products across the country. With a tagline of “bad cards for good people,” the business, us-
Natalie Good and Alex Gonzales at work on the presses at Power and Light Press in Silver City. (Photos by Elva K. Österreich)
New Mexico locations for Power and Light Press products: Albuquerque: Circus Posterus, Gruet Winery, Pennysmith’s, Spur Line Supply Co. and The Octopus & The Fox Las Cruces: Art Obscura, Spirit Winds Madrid: Power and Light Press Santa Fe: Meow Wolf, Alembic Apothecary, Morrison Rees and HYPERCLASH Taos: Black Diamond Curio
ing letterpress antiques to make contemporary things, is booming. All products available online and many are available at the press headquarters in Silver City. “It’s about funny jokes for people you love,” Good said. “I love working with the old presses and love sharing that experience with the people who take the workshops.” The Silver City location is also an outlet store, making available not only Power and Light Press cards and items, but also New Mexico-based products and independent creations of some of the
employees. “We have some gift items now,” she said. “We have salves from New Mexico companies, candles from Phoenix, soaps and scrubs, a new selection of products. It’s been great. It’s a really cooperative (work) environment with the gals who work at the shop. Everyone is encouraging of others’ creative projects.” The business is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For information, visit the website at powerandlightpress. com or call 207-772-6584.
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