Last Best PrintFest

Brianna McLean, "Luck is for Shmucks," a woodcut print.

The city's print-making festival is spreading out to multiple venues this year.

The Last Best Printfest is a chance for the public to see the full variety of print-making facilities out there, said organizer and artist Patricia Thornton.

Residents interested in different styles of prints can head to four different shops on Sunday. The demos run sequentially, so interested parties can see all four if they choose.

At the Zootown Arts Community Center on North First Street West, artist Josh Quick will give a demonstration of four-color screen-printing techniques on one of the ZACC's two printing presses.

At the Clay Studio of Missoula, ceramic artist Jim Heath will show how to create a ceramic monoprint, in which an image is transferred to the surface of clay.

At Real Good Studios, Jack Metcalf will give a performance piece that incorporates prints. Thornton said the exact style of performance will be a surprise.

And finally, Tressa Jones will give a demonstration and tour at the University of Montana Print Shop on campus

As in years past, there is a portfolio exchange, in which artists were invited to create and submit prints on the theme of "Superstition." (The theme was selected since the opening reception falls on Friday the 13th.)

Thornton said it's a way for artists to work collaboratively but separately, choosing their print medium of their preference.

The prints are hanging at the ZACC gallery and are up for bidding. The open reception is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

The participating artists are Tressa Jones, Josh Quick, Tim Thornton, Karleen Kanter, Elizabeth Dove, Beth Huhtala, Trisher Gieser, Alissa Wynne, David Miles Lusk, James Bailey, Courtney Blazon, Kayde Kaiser, Kim Foiles, Pearl Vasseur, Forest T. Bones, Sheila Miles, Steve Apple, Steven R. Holloway, Bev Bek Glueckert and Ty Olomon.

Students from Sussex School who made prints will show their work as well.

At Friday's reception, there will be silkscreening sponsored by the University of Montana Bookstore, using a student design.

Attendees can bring their own surface or T-shirt to have a silk-screen made, or purchase one from the print shop.

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Here are the Last Best Printfest events this weekend:

Friday, Feb 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Opening reception for Printfest artists at the Zootown Arts Community Center gallery, 235 N. First St. W. Free silkscreening, donations accepted.

Sunday, Feb. 15:

Free adult art demonstrations:

9-10:30 a.m.: Four-color screen-printing demonstrations with Missoula artist Josh Quick, ZACC.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Ceramic monoprints with Jim Heath, Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne St.

1-2:30 p.m: Print performance with Jack Metcalf, Real Good, 1205 Defoe St.

3-4:30 p.m.: Print demonstration and tour with Tressa Jones, University of Montana Print Shop, Fine Arts Building, 32 Campus Drive.

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