Of Manhole Covers and Maple Trees

Printmaking utilizing manhole covers by Artworks artists

Access Gallery

February 16 - March 16, 2018

We’re celebrating Mo’Print– aka the Month of Printmaking! With many of our fellow Denver galleries, we are showcasing unique, original prints to inspire, educate and promote just how varied printmaking is in our community. And more importantly, just how accessible printmaking can be for people of all abilities and mobilities.

This show is the culmination of our winter residency program exploring the wide variety of printmaking techniques including reduction, collagraph, and monotype. Pulling inspirations from the beautifully unique manhole covers in cities such as Tokyo and New York as well as creators like Bay area artist Bryan Nash Gill, we focused our final pieces on the patterns and shapes found in some commonly recurring materials– wood and steel. From the earliest Japanese woodblock prints to the letterpress machines that introduced mass printing, wood and steel have always played a central role in printmaking.

Per usual, Access Gallery is taking this idea in a different direction. Our steel comes from everyday objects that we have found in our immediate surroundings. Our wood comes from the allies and scrap piles in our neighborhood. Let’s take what is common and see it through a new lens.

This residency was led by longtime teaching artists and Access Gallery friends – Javier Flores, Doug Foulke, Shari Garzonetti and Rebecca Petty.

Access Gallery/VSA Arts of Colorado
909 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


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