Thursday, August 10, 2017

3 Year Run -- Summary

The YayBig Print Exchange (view the prints at this link) was framed and exhibited pretty continuously for 3 years -- from 2014 to 2017 -- in 10 different locations. That's a pretty good run.

The YayBig Print Exchange grew out of the YayBig Gallery run by printmaker Joe Marshall in Tucson (2013 - 2015).  

Tanya Rich and Krrrl then took works by the printmakers in this gallery on the road -- touring as "YayBig Southwest." They did pop-up print shows in El Paso, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Las Cruces, and San Antonio, collecting new prints from each city they visited.  In the summer of 2014, Joe, Tanya and Karl  had a homecoming show of the expanding print collection at the YayBig Gallery, for which they published their first print catalog, and announced the YayBig Print Exchange.  


Later a selection of prints were framed for a print show in the Rusteberg Art Gallery at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  Moreover, this print momentum lead to our first trip to see the printmakers of Oaxaca.

The YayBig Print Exchange framed exhibitions debuted at The Drawing Studio in downtown Tucson in 2014, and then immediately traveled to El Paso. In El Paso the prints hung next to the first Horned Toad Print Exchange (the print exchange which it was modeled after), 60 framed prints altogether, during the Chalk the Block festival downtown.  Subsequently a catalog of both prints exchanges was published.

View catalog online at ISSUU

Ultimately the YayBig Print Exchange dovetailed into a bigger print project -- the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta -- which was shown at the El Paso Museum of Art in 2016.




  • TANA -- June, Sacramento



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Horned Toad Print Exchange II 

Our sister and mentor print exchange -- Horned Toad Prints of El Paso -- just finished it's second print exchange in July 2017.

The YayBig Print Exchange exhibited several times with the first Horned Toad Print Exchange:

Also the call for the second Horned Toad Print Exchange was posted on this blog in October, 2016, and also on the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta blog.


 53 printmakers from 3 continents participated:

Worldwide participation

All prints 8 x 10 inches (with one noted exception):

All the prints are also posted on Riot Station, of El Paso:






Saturday, February 4, 2017

New Grounds Remarque opening in Albuquerque

The New Grounds REMARQUE Print Workshop in Albuquerque, featured the YayBig Print Exchange during the first opening under the new management, adjacent to the Members' Show in the main gallery.

The show runs from Feb 3rd -- March 25th, 2017.

They had a great turnout during the opening, on Friday, February 3rd, 2017.

Members' Show
in the main gallery

Crowd collecting in the main print shop area

Entrance to the YayBig Print Exchange exhibition

Curator Augustine Romero
(who will bring the Postre Prints exhibition in El Paso
to the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque
in April)

A visitor plays favorites

Members' Show
in the main gallery

labels prints in the print shop

Jessica Krichels  gives a print demo
with collagraph and milk carton etching prints

Young printmaker
cranks the press

Co-owner Mary Sundstrom
in front of her 
Chinese Zodiac etching series

rooster etching --
2017 is the year of the rooster

giving the demo

"Seed Stories III"
Monotype and Gravure

Co-owner Lincoln Draper (right, with apron)

"Old Pine -- 3 Gun Spring"

Co-owner Jessica Weybright 
(right, in pink shirt and apron)
photo from Facebook

"Postcards from the Abyss III"
Multiple plate gravure

Mandalay Osborn and Matthew Barrett

The Matrix Gallery up front, is also under new ownership, and had an opening on the same night, with many different artists.  Christopher Z Lopez's paintings graced a whole wall in the front gallery.
Christopher Z Lopez
at the opening at 
the new Matrix Gallery