Cloyde Snook Gallery hosts Ventero Open Press exhibit

(09-24-2008)

The Adams State College Cloyde Snook Gallery is currently exhibiting the Ventero Open Press Print show, "Where Artisits Keep Printmaking Alive." The exhibit's opening reception is from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and an artist lecture by Randy Pijoan precedes the reception at 3 p.m. in room 227 of the Art Building on Oct. 3 and the show continues through October 15.

Artists included in the show are Jim Ringley, Bill Baron, Charles Hardy, Randy Pijoan, Gene Schilling, Randall Davey, Holis Williford, Huberto Maestas, Isabella Zaugg, Charlie Ewing, Margaret Doell, Ray Vinella, Albert Hopkins and Steve Waldrip.

According to Pijoan the Ventero Open Press is a non-profit created to off-set the diminishing funding for arts in the public school system. "Funding for public school art programs has been dwindling in the last few years, until there is almost no money for teaching art, music, dance, and theater," Pijoan said.

He said himself, along with other concerned San Luis community members, originally started Ventero as a way to off-set the crisis in the Centennial School District and the idea grew to encompass the entire valley.

"We decided to take matters into our own hands," Pijoan said. "We use the money we raise for art education, including scholarships and supplies for art students in the San Luis Valley, elementary age through college-aged."

Currently the Ventero Press, named for a high mountain spring above San Luis, has a Board of Directors. Some members are artists, including Kris Gosar, Charles Ewing, Gene Schilling, and Ken Anderson. "We have six volunteers working for Ventero Press on any given day," Pijoan said.

Proceeds from the art exhibit in the Cloyde Snook Gallery will benefit Ventero's mission. "I cannot imagine the human race without art," Pijoan said. "Art helps define who we are and art education teaches creative problem solving."

For more information about the exhibit in the Cloyde Snook Gallery call the Adams State Art Department at 719-587-7823 and for more information about Ventero Open Press visit the website at ventero.org

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By Linda Relyea