Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio announced yesterday the name of their new artist in residence.

Welcome Devan Penniman, a creator who specializes in paper, printing, and bringing people together through art, as 970West Artist in Residence.

Penniman, a Fruita resident, is a baker, letterpress printer, zine creator, and co-director of the Colorado Mesa University Art and Design Alumni Chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design.

Penniman will host open studio hours at the 970West Studio, 502 Ouray Avenue, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday through August 6. She also has scheduled a variety of public classes and workshops throughout the summer.
Through my artist in residency, I am hoping to share my love of paper-based goods with my community. I love letterpress printing, and I love being able to share it with people. Paper is something we can touch and hold, and the opportunities to create with it are boundless. My work is mostly centered around words and the manipulation of letters. I thoroughly enjoy destroying to recreate, smearing ink across paper, and making art for art’s sake. - Devan Penniman via Mesa County Public Library press release
The first few classes with Penniman include:
  • Introduction to Paper Marbling - 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Central Library’s Mesa Community Room, 443 N. 6th St.
  • Intro to Letterpress Printing - 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Central Library’s Monument Community Room, 443 N. 6th St.
  • Introduction to Paper Marbling - 6 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the Central Library’s Monument Community Room
  • Intro to Letterpress Printing - 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the Central Library’s Monument Community Room

Supplies are provided for the classes. Seating, however, is limited. Preregistration is required via the Events Calendar. You can also register by phone at 970-243-4442. Welcome Devan Penniman to her new post as artist in residence, and please give serious consideration to participating in one of the classes.