News in the New Year….

Fall of 2018 was an exciting time at Light Art Space. The two featured exhibitions, Age & Seduction by Karen Hymer and the group exhibition Arizona Print Group were well received. Twenty-five people participated in the October cyanotype workshop with great results. Construction is on going in the back of the building – darkrooms and studio space are emerging. The plan is to offer workshops by summer 2019. Listed below are exhibitions, publications, and workshop opportunities. 


Upcoming Exhibitions at Light Art Space

Multiple Views: Photographic Imagery from Grant County

February 2 – March 3     Reception Saturday Feb. 2nd,  5 – 7 pm

This unique photographic exhibition features the work of 30 artists from Grant County, NM. A wide variety of approaches to photography will be exhibited including techniques such as Silver Gelatin Prints, Image Transfers, Van Dykes, Cyanotypes, and Archival Pigment Prints on paper, canvas and metal. Curated by Karen Hymer.

Featuring the work of George Austin, Fred Barraza, Michael P. Berman, catherine bialopiotrowicz, Bruce Bloy, Tom Boblett, Carolyn Cogan, Jeremiah Cogan, Paul Doherty, Dave Egan, Julie Enos, Sandy Feutz, Len Giusti, Natalie Good, Ned Haw, Stephen Hoglund, Brenda Holzinger, Kaitlyn Hopwood, Janey Katz, Chip Leavitt, Lara Leavitt, Christopher Martinez, Jim Mathews, Tom Maxfeldt, Ann McMahon, Jim Pendergast, Eric Renner/Nancy Spencer, Carmen Ruiz, and Tom Vaughan.


Crafting Art: Explorations in Mixed Media

March 7 – 17th       Reception Friday, March 8th, 5 – 7 pm

Featuring the work of Daniel Garver, Lara Leavitt, Jamie Karolich, Art Peterson, Mimi Peterson, Gerry Szajer and Susan Szajer.






Dead Art

March 23 – April 28th       Reception Saturday, March 23rd, 5 – 7 pm

Photographic Imagery celebrating analog and the hand – made print.  Work by Steve Hajdu, Jessica Knight, Maegan McCarthy and Davey Miller.

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Cyanotypes     The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ  March 16th 9am – noon

Photopolymer Gravure Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ March 17th 9am – 5pm

Cyanotypes  Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. June 7th (catalogue will be public Feb. 26th)

Photopolymer Gravure  Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. June 8 – 10 (catalogue will be public Feb. 26th)


Publications Featured in:

Polymer Photogravure: A Step-by Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their creative Practice. Clay Harmon, A Focal Press Book, 2019. ISBN-13: 978-0815366041

This is an amazing book and a must have for anyone interested in photogravure.




Salann Magazine: Giving Artists a Voice. January 2019.


Print Austin: The Contemporary Print 2019. Austin, Texas. January 18 – February 16.

Print Exchange:

Ambos Lados International Print Exhibitions 2018 – 2019. Horned Toad Prints and Taller Grafica Libre.

Hope to see you in Silver City at one of the Light exhibitions and come play at a workshop in Arizona or Oregon!

Happy Winter!


Print sale and Luminaria walk

You are Invited…

Small Print Sale

Saturday December 15th   10 to 7pm

Sunday December 16th    10 to 4pm

Prices range from $20 to $150

Give the Gift of Art

Luminaria and Carolers       Saturday 5  to 7pm 

Participating Galleries   Blue Dome Gallery . Borderlands Gallery . Catherine Russo’s Roots Cellar Arts . Creative Hands Roadside Attraction . Finn’s Gallery . Leyba & Ingalls Arts . Light Art Space . Lois Duffy Art . Mariah’s Copper Quail Gallery . The Makery . Soul River  Gallery . Sterling Fine Art . Tatiana Maria Gallery . Wild West Weaving . also Tranquil Buzz Coffee


Age & Seduction Traveling Exhibition

Age & Seduction

Traveling one-person exhibition of Photopolymer Gravures by Karen Hymer with accompanying book

The exhibition is comprised of (30) 8×10-inch photopolymer gravure prints, floated and framed 14×18-inch.

Prints are limited editions of 3. Optional Silk banners (2) and 60 x 60-inch archival pigment print

also available. Accompanying book is a softcover trifold with hand-sewn binding, foil stamping on front

and back, 56 pages with 26 full-color plates, 8” x 9.5”. Printing and binding by Arizona Lithographers.

200 copies including 164 trade copies and 36 Collector’s Edition copies presented with an original

signed and numbered photogravure created by the artist.


Rental Fee: $500 plus shipping per 8-week venue

10% discount offered to educational institutions

Space Requirements: 50 – 60 running feet

Insurance value: $15,000

For traveling exhibition booking information contact:



Throughout her work, Karen Hymer intentionally brings the aging female body into view. The images

presented in this artist’s debut monograph are culled from two of her recent series of photopolymer

gravures: Remnants (2013-2016) and Flesh and Food (2015-2017). Her series Flesh and Food was influenced by

the intriguing cookbook Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses by Chilean writer Isabel Allende who states

that food, like eroticism, starts with the eyes. Hymer’s images pair the body with foods believed to be

aphrodisiacs. Fruits and vegetables, once young and luscious but now past their prime, are paired with

bodies that display the evidence of age—speaking to us of the memories of youth and beauty.

Hymer’s series Remnants explores the relationship between the aging human body and the processes of

decay in the natural world. By combining natural elements from the Sonoran desert with the human form,

Hymer reveals hidden connections. Hymer states, “I grew up in the desert collecting dead animals, dried

plants and rocks…Combining photography with printmaking, I emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern,

light and shadow, working with the muted earth tones I know best.” In many of these images, Hymer

exposes details typically hidden from sight, creating abstract representations that defy recognition. Devoid

of context, these images cannot be confidently identified even as male or female, internal or external,

healthy or marred. Each texture, crease, and coloration unapologetically marks the vagaries of time, an

intimate testament to the mysteries of the aging body.

Age & Seduction

Photopolymer Gravures by Karen Hymer


Karen Hymer is a visual artist and educator. Hymer earned her BFA in Photography from The School of the

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, continuing on to earn her MA and MFA in Photography

from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Hymer actively exhibits her work both nationally and

internationally. Recent venues include the Phoenix Art Museum, The Los Angeles Center of Photography,

The Washington Printmakers Art Gallery, The Center for Photographic Arts, and The Center for Fine Art

Photography. Her work is in several public collections, including the Polaroid International Collection and

the Center for Creative Photography, as well as many private collections. Hymer received two winning awards

from the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2018, was the recipient of an Rfotofolio Choice Award, and

received the Grand Prize in the International Juried Photographic Solarplate Exhibit at Alex Ferrone Gallery,

both in 2016. She received a Contemporary Forum Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and an Arizona

Commission for the Arts Fast Track Grant in 2014. Hymer taught photography at Pima Community College

for 26 years and is currently the Director of Light Art Space in Silver City, New Mexico.

Copyright Karen Hymer 2018


Today, November 24th, is  Shop Small Day  in New Mexico

No SALES TAX when you shop at Light Art Space!

15% off all unframed prints today and tomorrow

Art makes great gifts!

10am – 5pm   Today           10am- 4pm Sunday

Light Art Space Opens!

September 1st was a great day at Light Art Space. It started with the Desert Aunties (my closest female friends from Tucson) organizing the food and drink for the reception. At 3pm the Silver City Chamber of Commerce honored me with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The mayor was in attendance as were about 30 other well-wishers. Between 3pm – 7pm over 100 people attended the reception for the opening exhibition, Age & Seduction. Many friends, family and former students as well as my new Silver City community attended the lively event. It warmed my heart to be surrounded by so many supportive, loving individuals. The exhibit was well received, a few Age & Seduction books and prints were sold and many people were excited to see the transformation of the space.  As the event wound down we celebrated the Late, Great Aretha by dancing to RESPECT.

To see more images of the reception and space visit

In two weeks the second gallery space will be finished and ready for the hanging of an exhibition of prints by The Arizona Print Group. The Arizona Print Group (APG) is a professional organization of printmakers from around the state of Arizona who are united in the practice of hand-pulled, original fine art prints. The membership shows work locally, as well nationally, and many also teach and give workshops.

This exhibition feature work from two of the APG series: “Squared” and “Color Blind”. Techniques include silkscreen, Monotypes, Serigraphs, Linocuts, Intaglio, Photopolymer gravure, and Woodcuts.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, October 6th from 3pm – 7pm.

Aslo taking place that weekend is the Red Dot Artist walk and the Southwest Print Fiesta. It will be a great weekend to be in Silver City – the streets will be filled with vendors and the Steam Roller print event will take place Saturday. On Sunday there will be a variety of printmaking workshops. I will give a photopolymer gravure printing demo and a cyanotype sun printing workshop. For more information go to:

In October work will begin on the front bathroom and office. Next comes Phase two, total renovation of the back of the building, which includes the construction of darkrooms, studio space, storage and a rear entrance. I hope to be ready to offer workshops by April of 2019. We shall see! Stay tuned and come visit!


Remnants Exhibition

Umpqua Valley Arts Association

(541) 672-2532 | 1624 W. HARVARD AVE. ROSEBURG, OR 97471 | UVARTS.COM

May 4 – June 29th, 2018

In Gallery II, Remnants 4 will features photographic works by artist Karen Hymer. Although “trained” as a photographer and educator, Hymer’s approach to image making explores the blending of photosensitive materials, digital media, and printmaking. She is fascinated with how the passage of time affects the human body and other natural elements in the world. In addition to working as a fine art photographer, Karen has taught photography for over 25 years at Pima Community College, Tucson and currently offers workshops and private sessions in Photopolymer Gravure, digital printing and alternative photographic processes.