ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jessica Pinto, a VSA Arts of New Mexico student for four years, had a greasy ink applied to the wheels of her electric wheelchair two weeks ago.
Then, she rolled her chair over a metal plate that was lying on the floor of the North Fourth Arts Center, inscribing the plate with swirls of ink.
Other VSA Arts students used grease pens to draw images that sprang from their imaginations onto other metal plates.
On Friday, those plates were treated and inked by master printers and master printers-in-training at the University of New Mexico’s Tamarind Institute, the world’s only training center for lithographic master printers. While the delighted artists looked on, their drawings were replicated dozens of times. The prints will be given away Saturday morning at Robinson Park in Downtown Albuquerque at what Tamarind Director Marjorie Devon calls “a printervention.”