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El Paso Downtown Artist Market Welcomes Artist Kyle Durrie

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department welcomes cross-country adventurer and artist, Kyle Durrie, to the Downtown Artist Market this Saturday, December 17, 2011, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Union Plaza District. Kyle Durrie  will be offering free letterpress printing at the Artist Market, and encourages the public to join her as she shares her journey of creating the mobile print shop made out of an old 1982 Chevy delivery truck.

Kyle Durrie is a letterpress printing artist from Portland, Oregon, and owner of Power and Light Press. Inspired by history, road maps, vintage office supplies, road trips, and printing; Kyle figured out how to print and travel at the same time. Kyle converted a 1982 Chevy step van into a mobile letterpress shop through donations from the fundraising campaign, Kickstarter.com.

Kyle travels cross country teaching workshops and sharing her knowledge of traditional letterpress printing straight out of her truck. She attends schools, farmers markets, festivals, city parks, arts spaces, and anywhere that has a desire to learn about printing. “Letterpress printing, specifically, has so much history and tradition behind it. I think it’s a really powerful contrast to today’s computerized world, and can actually serve as a useful tool to better understand that world”, said Kyle Durrie.

The weekly market features artist vendors, food and free seasonal arts and crafts for children. Regular Artist Market hours will be 09:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the fall and winter months.  Market operations will continue every Saturday with the exception of the two Saturdays following the Christmas holiday.  Artists and food producers interested in vending must attend an orientation and should contact mcad@elpasotexas.gov or call (915) 541-4481.

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