Salida hospital displays prints by Sherrie York

Early Snow – Ponderosa Pine
eduction linocut, Edition of 12
Image size 18″ x 12″
Hand printed on Hosho paper

An exhibit of hand-pulled linocut prints by Salida artist Sherrie York is on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center through March 31. 

York created all of the prints in the exhibit using a reduction process, in which she continues to carve more material from the same linoleum block for each color pass. Since the printable area is reduced with each color, she must print the entire edition as she works, printing all the copies of one color before moving on to the next color and printing on top of the previous color. 

“I am notorious for starting complex reduction prints with nothing more than a vague plan,” said York. “I have an idea of what I will carve first, and what I will carve last, but in between? It’s pretty much up for grabs. There is a certain amount of risk and tension working this way, but I find it more interesting, and sometimes more challenging, to have the process unfold as it will. I think best when my tools are moving.”

Inspired by the natural world, York’s prints capture the flora and fauna of the West. “I like to consider the ‘whys’ of observed animal behavior, or the ‘what happened here’ of a newly fallen tree or other anomaly of my regular walk along the Arkansas River,” said York. “Creating a new linocut is a way for me to remember and share those discoveries.”

York’s work has been included in national and international exhibitions as well as several books and corporate and museum collections. All prints in the hospital exhibit are for sale, and 25 percent of the proceeds are donated to the HRRMC Foundation. 

HRRMC is hosting four art exhibits this year, as part of its mission to create a healing environment. The hospital displays the work of regional artists, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley. For more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call 719-530-2217. 

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Jimmy Sellars

Jimmy Sellars has been exhibiting his work since 1978. He is a professional artist, designer, gallery director, and consultant for individual artists, art centers, creative professionals and museums. He has worked with the Denver Art Museum's Alliance for Contemporary Art and DAM Contemporaries, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, and a variety of galleries and corporations around the U.S. and Western Europe. His work has been exhibited in over 70 countries on traveling and invitational exhibitions and has been included in a variety of corporate and private collections around the world. He has been featured in several national and international publications including GEEK Magazine and ArtByte Magazine in the U.S., the Het Parool in the Netherlands, the Deccan Chronicle in Hyderabad, India, O Globo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Russia, and The North Shore Times in Sydney, Australia. As of 2011 Sellars has curated over 300 exhibitions internationally including My Gay Valentine in 2006 which received national coverage on NPR (National Public Radio), Changes an exhibition of photography which received Best Photographic Exhibition, and Unstitched, an exhibition of his own work which received Best Political Show of 2005. In 2007 Sellars received the Village Voice's publication Westword Magazine's 3rd MasterMind Award in the Visual Arts in the state of Colorado which carried with it a monetary award of $4000. As an active part of the art community Sellars was chosen by the Denver Public Library to participate as a panelist on the State of Art in their EatArt Conference, worked as a gallerist and artist with DADA (Denver Art Dealers Association) on a variety of projects in the community, volunteered for the Denver Art Museum's AFCA and DAM Contemporaries and was chosen as one of their featured artists in 2007 during their Summer Salon Series. From 1998-2004 he was asked to be a Juror and member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Art Awards headquartered in Sydney, Australia. In 1993 he opened Sellars Project Space in Denver, Colorado and subsequently in 20010 another location of the award winning space was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico's Railyard District. In 2014 Sellars moved Sellars Project Space to a sole location in Colorado's largest Historic and Creative District in Salida, Colorado. Sellars also founded several art organizations including The Foundry Arts (1993-1997), The Center for Creative Exploration (1994-1998), Studio 211 (physical location and online 1992-2001) and the ARTBOX Program (2004-present) where donated art materials are gathered into backpacks and donated to police stations, shelters, or in person to children in need. Sellars' work focusses on creating intimate and emotional spaces between inanimate objects that hold already established stereotypes or perceptions. He is currently furthering his work of creating art digitally by using the iPad and other digital input devices and creating more affordable methods of output in order to make art more affordable for the public. He works with the organization Think 360 Arts where he teaches technology based art forms to children in both pubic and private schools.