Saba, a Navajo muralist, will be the 2022 Artist-in-Residence for the Mancos Common Press. (Courtesy picture)

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The 2022 Artist-in-Residence for Mancos Common Press will feature visual artist Saba from July 5-11.

Saba is a Diné artist from northern New Mexico and specializes in murals, screen printing and painting.

During her residency at the Common Press, Saba will combine screen printing and letterpress to create a series of prints using historic presses and type. It will also provide opportunities for the community to learn more about his work and participate in live screen printing.

On July 8 at 7 p.m., he will give a talk at the Mancos Community Center, 130 Grand Ave.

On July 9 from 2-7 p.m. there will be a community open house at the Common Press, 135 Grand Ave. Saba will do a live mural at 4 p.m. People are welcome to print their own t-shirt using Saba’s designs. Bring a T-shirt to print.

Saba posted a YouTube video of him creating a “Water is Life” mural.

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Nine artists working on an installation at the Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center visited the press in June to learn more about the historic letterpress’s integration into the exhibit.

Led by photographer and muralist Chip Thomas, the artists explore a larger story of the Buffalo Soldiers’ time at Fort Garland during the United States’ westward expansion. Typography was the medium at that time.

Rosie Carter is the new store manager of Mancos Commons Press. (Courtesy picture)

Pressroom manager Rosie Carter is one of the artists involved in the project. Printers Annie Seder and Matt Neff assisted the group. The artists plan to collaborate with the press over the next year. The show will open in Fort Garland in June 2023.

Carter, a local artist and printmaker, recently joined the press as the new store manager. She and Jamie Karolich were artists in residence in 2021.

Carter dug deep into the world of typography, learning new skills and teaching classes along the way. She will work at the press on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., coordinating community programming and opportunities as well as keeping things organized and running smoothly.

The Mancos Commons project envisions a mixed-use development in the lot adjacent to the Common Press building. (Courtesy of Mancos Commons Press)

The press shared plans for the Mancos Commons project and received community feedback at a well-attended meeting last week.

The Mancos Commons is a mixed-use development in the lot adjacent to the Press Building. It is envisioned as a two-story building with three or four reachable accommodations, ample workshop space for Mancos’ common press and community use, as well as retail and office space. For more information on the project, contact [email protected]