Workshops & Activities

Contact if you would like to submit a proposal for a workshop, class or lecture. Proposals are due by July 15, 2017

6:30pm 6:30pm

Picnic & Sculpture walk at Bear Mountain Lodge

Join us for a Fiesta weekend finale at the incomparable Bear Mountain Lodge for a picnic dinner and sculpture walk on the trails of this former Nature Conservancy site, minutes from downtown Silver City. Hang out on the patio, visit the horses and cows or join us on a leisurely trail walk and discover beautiful sculptures set in the beautiful high desert environment. If you stay until dark you can enjoy a great view of every star in the Milky Way and more.

Registration is necessary for a meal, RSVP is appreciated for a visit!


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1:00pm 1:00pm

Monotype Printing Party & Open Studio

  • Western New Mexico University - McCray Bldg (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drop in any time between 1pm and 3pm and try some Monotype printing, see the newly re-opened print studio on campus in room 105 of the McCray building. Meet faculty, students past and present in a casual, conversational open house. Try your hand at some monotype printing or watch others create works of art before your eyes.


RSVP appreciated but not required!

Print Studio located in the McCray Bldg - Rm 105

Print Studio located in the McCray Bldg - Rm 105

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1:00pm 1:00pm

Guided Hike in the Gila National Forest

Guided Hike at Dragonfly Loop Trail - #720

Where to meet: Visitor's Center, Silver City. Meet at 1:00. We will carpool to Fort Bayard, approximately 7 miles east of the Western New Mexico University campus.

Difficulty: This 3 to 4 hour loop hike travels through pinon/juniper savanna and is suitable for everyone. Depending on the forecast, it may be hot, but the hike itself is easy. The Fort Bayard area is relatively flat with an occasional elevation gain of less than 100’. Dragonfly Trail follows and crosses Twin Sisters Creek, so be prepared for wet toes. The trail is known for petroglyphs located approximately two miles from the trailhead.

What to bring: A backpack to hold your stuff: water (1 to 2 quarts), sunscreen, hat, lunch, a camera, binoculars, and/or sketch book. Bring trekking poles if you use them, and wear closed toed shoes/sneakers (please, no Teva’s, Keen’s, flip flops, pumps, or any open toed shoes). It’s advised that you hike in long pants to protect your legs from cutting grasses, forbs and prickly shrubs. If rain is in the forecast, you should also bring a rain coat or poncho. We will eat lunch at the Dragonfly archaeological site.

Hike led by Dr. Kathy Whiteman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Director of the Outdoor Program at Western New Mexico University.

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Clay Monoprinting with Mitch Lyons

Clay Monoprint Workshop

Student will learn to make Clay Monoprints from their own wet slab of clay. Mitch will demonstrate during the workshop various techniques, i.e. slip trailing, stenciling, and mark making onto/into the slab to prepare for the printing.

Dampened substrate is placed over the slab and rolled with a wooden rolling pin. A thin layer of clay is "printed" onto the surface. Many mono prints can be pulled without recharging the matrix.

Get ready to use clay in a very different way.

$95 + materials fee        Class size limited to 10

About Clay Monotypes

Since 1968 he has been pioneering his image making from a slab of clay. First a slab of stoneware clay is rolled out about 1/4" thick. After allowing the slab to dry to a "leather hard" consistency, colored slips are made using China clay and permanent pigments. These colored slips are brushed on, dried and rolled into the clay slab, one color over another, building the design with images, colors and textures on the "matrix".

Once the slab is rolled flat, a moistened piece of paper/canvass is placed over the slab. Pressure is applied using a rolling pin to transfer the clay slips onto the substrate. Because China clay is inert and the pigments used are permanent and stable, the clays remain intact and will give pleasure for many years.

About Mitch Lyons, Instructor

Mitch Lyons earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art, and his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  His clay monoprints can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Woodmere Museum, American University and the University of Delaware.

Lyons has had exhibitions of his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; the Noyes Museum, New Jersey; Kalmar Lans Museum, Kalmar, Sweden; and the Vonderau Museum, Fulda, Germany.  He is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts visual arts grant.  He has taught at West Chester University, Moore College of Art, Rowan University, Alfred University, and the University of Delaware.  In the past ten years he has led over 100 workshops. 

Syzygy Tile is a timeless sophisticated and distinctive line of handmade ceramic tile produced in America. Dedicated artisans work to produce innovative design for a truly hand made, aesthetically pleasing product that is durable, environmentally safe and benefits the local community artistically, economically and environmentally.

Syzygy Tile is a timeless sophisticated and distinctive line of handmade ceramic tile produced in America. Dedicated artisans work to produce innovative design for a truly hand made, aesthetically pleasing product that is durable, environmentally safe and benefits the local community artistically, economically and environmentally.



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Intro to Letterpress

In this workshop, we will demystify the process of letterpress printing and learn to see it as an approachable means of communication and expression.  We'll cover basic press safety and protocol, as well as the fundamentals of relief printing, typesetting, impression, and ink mixing.  Students will come away with a small edition of posters or cards, which they will have designed and printed themselves.  Come get inky and learn about antique machines!

Minimum 2 students, Maximum 5.

Kyle Durrie, Instructor and Owner of Power & Light Press


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Guerilla Street Printing (shhh!)

Using public street fixtures as printing elements to produce shirts, bags, or paper, imprinted with manhole covers, vents and utility grates. Overlooked geometric patterns and typographic forms of urban signage make surprisingly bold graphics. A local clandestine crew will lead a small group of guerrilla artists on a tour of downtown Silver City to create these first-ever editions. 

We will provide the ink and a guided walking tour of 4-5 sites. 

Bring your own t-shirts/bags/whatever to print on.

Limited to the first 15 registrants. 

Shhh! We are secretly meeting here....

Shhh! We are secretly meeting here....

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Children's Printmaking at Silver City Museum

Make a Styrofoam Printing from a Piece of Styrofoam, a Pencil, and Tempera Paint.  Come to the Silver City Museum, 312 West Broadway, on Saturday, September 3, 2016, from 10:30 am to Noon. 

These will be made with pieces of Styrofoam, a pencil, and tempera paint. The kids will draw a design in the Styrofoam (to create a printing plate) with a pencil and then pick a color of paint and roll it over their etching. Then they will imprint a piece of paper with their drawing. When dry, they can frame it and hang it in their rooms.

The best part is when they take the printing plates off the paper and see what they have created.

 Meet us at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway on Saturday, September 3, from 10:30 to noon. See you here!

 The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting the region's unique history.

For more information, please contact the museum at (575) 538-5921,, or go to the museum's website.

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Welcome Reception & Studio Tour

Silver City Tourism & Visitor Information Center 201 N Hudson St    (575) 538-5555

Silver City Tourism & Visitor Information Center
201 N Hudson St    (575) 538-5555

Arrive a day early for the Southwest Print Fiesta! for a very special studio tour and welcome reception at the Silver City Visitors Center. Meet Fiesta Featured Artist in Residence, Mitch Lyons from New London, Pennsylvania. A mini exhibit of his unique clay monoprints will be on display. After some snacks and refreshments, explore downtown Silver City on your way to our last stop, Power & Light Press, an awesome letterpress studio in town, run by the incomparable, Kyle Durrie. Other surprise stops are being planned. This is a fun way to check out the great arts scene in Silver City and meet other Fiesta attendees from Tucson, El Paso, Las Cruces and all parts of New Mexico. This will be a completely walkable event. Bikes, skateboards, roller skates and most other forms of transportation are welcome as well.

See the exhibition >    [Print] Process : A group exhibit highlighting Lithographic and Photographic print processes.

The full list of contributing artists is still being determined but includes both well known and up and coming artists including John Baldessari, Thomas Demand, William Eggleston, Mark Erickson, Anthony Hernandez, Barbara Kruger, William Leavitt, Mary Peterson, and Constance Walsh.

**** Just Added ****

Pop Up Exhibition:  ONE OFF: Monotypes by Jamie Karolich, Natalie Good, Stacey Heim and Kyle Durrie  at 406 N. Bullard


Meet Us at the Visitor's Center at 6:00 pm

Wrap up your visits by 9:00 pm

Maps will be provided at the Visitors Center

201 N. Hudson - Welcome Reception for Fiesta Artist-in-Residence, Mitch Lyons at Visitors Center

108 W. Broadway - Lumiere Gallery - [PRINT] Process

406 N. Bullard - ONE OFF -Pop Up exhibition of monoprint by Jamie Karolich, Natalie Good, Stacey Heim and Kyle Durrie

108 E. College Ave - Studio Tour of Power & Light Press

Enjoy exploring downtown Silver City!


RSVP Appreciated

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