Self Help Graphics & Art, a printmaking studio and resource for artists, will bring the style and vision of East Los Angeles Chicano/Mexicano art to Santa Monica through the art program at Crossroads School.

Innovation/Collaboration: Prints from Self Help Graphics, an exhibit with limited edition prints by 16 artists, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 17th, at the Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, 1714 21st St., Santa Monica.

Admission is free.

The selected prints were made through Self Help’s Printmaking Atelier program, which has provided training, materials and a facility to about 200 artists to become heavily engaged in silkscreen printmaking.

Printmaking Atelier has been Self Help’s most successful and well-known program, according to Self Help, and is intended to encourage the development of professional careers among its artist participants.

Self Help Graphics & Art started with a small group of artists working out of a garage in East Los Angeles in the early 1970s and was dedicated to creating art that reflected the cultural values and spirit of the local Chicano community.

It’s mission is to foster and encourage the empowerment of local Chicano/Latino artists; to present Chicano/Latino art to a wide audience through its programs and services; and to promote the cultural heritage and contribution of Chicano art and artists to contemporary America, according to the group.

Self Help has its own on-site gallery — GalerÌa Otra Vez — but its name has grown mostly due to a busy schedule of traveling shows at other galleries, schools, colleges, museums and community centers.

Self Help has even organized numerous showings of works in foreign countries, including Germany, France, Spain and nine nations in Africa, according to a Self Help Graphics spokesman.

The printmaking medium is considered a Mexican/Chicano tradition that dates back to the Mayan Codice and JosÈ Guadalupe Posada’s Mexican Revolution prints.

Information, (310) 829-7391 ext. 425.

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