LOCUS (March 16 - April 15, 2018)

Celebrating Denver's Month of Printmaking with new work by Fawn Atencio & Sharon Strasburg

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In celebration of Denver’s Month of Printmaking, Mai Wyn Fine Art presents Locus featuring new work by printmakers Fawn Atencio and Sharon Strasburg. Both artists utilize traditional printmaking processes and environmental inspiration as a point of departure for more experimental abstract works. Meet the two artists at the Opening Reception: Friday, March 16th, 5-9pm. In addition Sharon Strasburg offers a hands-on demo at the gallery on Saturday, March 24th 10am-4pm as part of the Mo’Print Studio Tour. All are welcome to attend. Exhibition runs through April 15th.

During a yearlong excursion to North Africa and Asia, artist Fawn Atencio became greatly affected by both the scarcity and abundance of water she witnessed in different parts of the world. Her recent process-based works are a reflection on water...its movement and behavior, the transformative nature of evaporation and the environmental repercussions of a warming planet. Atencio has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Her work is included in many private and public collections including: BMA — Braunschweigsche Maschinenbauanstalt AG (Braunschweig,Germany), Siena Art Institute (Siena, Italy),  Denver Art Museum (Denver, Colorado), The Collection of Cork Printmakers (Cork, Ireland) and Proyecto 'ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Artist Sharon Strasburg also draws on her connection to the environment in her creative process. She begins by creating large, colorfield monotypes in oil on paper that are inspired by specific landscapes. A passion for maps led her to experiment with laser cutting these prints along the lines of topographical maps and reassembling them into richly colored abstract works on panel. Strasburg has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Select corporate collections include: Museo Aeronautico (Rome, Italy), Vance Kirkland Collection (Denver, Colorado), Lancaster General Hospital (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Anschutz Outpatient Integrative Medicine Pavilion (Denver, Colorado) and Bank of the West (Ogden, Utah). Sharon Strasburg is also an adjunct professor at Regis University in Lakewood, Colorado.

Mai Wyn Fine Art is located at 744 Santa Fe Dr. in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe Drive. The gallery exclusively features Colorado-based contemporary artists and makers showcased through rotating curated exhibitions. Regular gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Enjoy extended hours every 1st Friday Art Walk (open until 10pm) and 3rd Friday Collectors’ Preview (open until 8pm). www.maiwyn.com for more info.

We are proud to feature Locus as a part of Denver’s Month of Printmaking...Mo’Print is a celebration of the art of making original prints to inspire, educate and promote awareness through a variety of public events and exhibitions in the Denver metropolitan area, the Front Range region, and throughout Colorado. Mo'Print is supported in part by the Invisible Museum, a Denver-area non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities for visibility within the arts. 2018 marks the 3rd biennial celebration, taking place in March. Visit www.moprint.org for more info.

MaiWyn Schantz