First Place in 2010 NSPS by Leonard Leibowitz

The Tenth Annual National Small Print Show will open on Memorial Day Weekend in Creede. Sponsored by the Creede Arts Council, the exhibition is housed in the lobby of the Creede Repertory Theatre, chosen in 2005 by USA Today as one of the top ten small theaters in the country. This year Creede won the 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, which honors a Colorado town or city for its arts programs.  The opening reception will be held on Friday, May 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Wine and refreshments will add to the festivities.  Chamber music will be provided by the Rio Grande Ensemble. The art will be on display and available for purchase until June 28th, 2010.


The exhibit has garnered national attention from printmakers and collectors alike. This is a juried show of original, hand-pulled prints using various print-making techniques, including lithograph, etching, serigraph and many others. The judge this year was Stephen Quiller, owner of the Quiller Gallery in Creede, Colorado.  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, New York 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, Kansas for his monotype “Arch”.  Honorable mentions were awarded to Martha Hayden of Sharon, Wisconsin 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 10” x10” 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 Café from 5:00 to 5:45 pm, also on May 28th. Other printmakers may attend as well. Reservations are required for the lecture.

The National Annual Small Print Show is a signature event for the Creede Arts Council.  It has been made possible by the dedication and hard work of the Board of Directors and volunteers of the CAC. The proceeds from the exhibit help the Creede Arts Council in its mission to promote the arts & 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, please contact Charlene Ameel at 719-658-2602 or Jessica Baron at 719-658-0312.