Since its founding almost 50 years ago, printmaking has at the heart of Self Help Graphics & Art, an organization in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, dedicated to spurring the creativity of Chicana/o and Latinx artists. Through their Professional Printmaking Program, artists are given the opportunity to work with SHG’s Master Printer to produce silkscreens, intaglio, relief prints, or more experimental formats, with part of the proceeds of their sales going to support the program. A portion of each edition is also distributed to archives at UC Santa Barbara, the National Mexican Museum of Art in Chicago, and other institutions, thereby disseminating the work of a diverse group of artists.
This week, they’ll be holding their People’s Printmaking Week, a series of talks and workshops, which culminates in an annual People’s Printmaking Fair. The fair offers the community a chance to see the breadth of work produced in the program, featuring almost 60 new prints created this past year, as well as over 200 prints from the archives for sale. The afternoon will also include a sunprint workshop led by female collective Ni Santas, an artpunk workshop led by artists Victor Rosas and Martha Carillo that fuses fashion and linocuts, and food from Sus Arepas.
When: Saturday, June 29, 12–5pm
Where: Self Help Graphics & Art (1300 East 1st Street, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)
More info at Self Help Graphics & Art.