The event is designed to showcase some of the best screenprinters around the Coastal Bend as well as special guests from across the globe, and it sits in the heart of Corpus Christi’s First Friday Art Walk event in downtown Corpus Christi.
Artists showcase all their different styles of screenprinting and are on hand to answer questions as well as sell some of their work.
Ryan O’Malley, the assistant professor at Texas A&M University art department, throws this massive shindig every year and always seems to outdo himself.
This year was no different, as a number of off-site art shows ran as well, including an art opening titled “Shastra” by St. Louis based printmaker Travis Lawrence at Youga Yoga studio, 410 Starr St.
The always interesting and entertaining Art Tunnel at Retama Park exhibited a special exhibition by Austin based artist/printmaker Matt Rebholz. Also featured was a larger-than-life, walk-through reading of “Floating Head Bounty Killers,” which is the first chapter of his epic graphic novel The Astronomer.
Some of the featured artists this year included Paulis Liepa of Riga, Latvia, Tom Hück, Carlos Hernandez, Dennis McNett, Matt Rebholz, Curtis Jones, Julia Curran and, of course, Ryan O’Malley himself as well as many others.
Later in the evening, live music accompanied the art provided by Corpus locals The Blind Owls, Kingsville natives The Most and Funeral Horse coming in from Houston.
And if you missed the ball on Friday, make sure to head out to the TAMUCC campus today (Saturday) for the open portfolio session starting at 1 p.m. at the Center for the Arts rooms 204-205.
As always, the event is free, family friendly and open to all ages, but be warned that some portions of artists’ exhibits may have adult themes or grown-up material.
For more info about the Ink Slingers’ Ball or any questions, head over to facebook.com/ryan.omalley.18 and drop him a line.