State of Flux
Sep 20-Oct 25, 2016
Shanna Stiles | LujÁn PÉrez Hernandez| Corin Robidoux
“State of Flux,” an exhibit of three artists from Central Florida University who are working with local artist Ke Francis at Hoop Snake Press in Tupelo, will be on display through October 15, 2016, at Gumtree Museum of Art.
Hoopsnake Press was founded by Ke Francis in 1970 at the studios located at 1249 North Coley Road in Tupelo, Mississippi. At that time the press facility consisted only of a Charles Brand etching press and technical facilities to print small scale etchings and woodcuts. The press operation slowly expanded to include typecasting equipment, large etching and relief printing presses, and two letterpresses to handle the design, illustration and printing of books. In 1996 the press moved to research space at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where it established a collaborative publishing venture with Flying Horse Press, the fine art press established by the university art department. Ke Francis became director of this press, which came to be known as Flying Horse Editions, and Ke and Mary Francis continued to publish under the Hoopsnake logo from 1996-2014. Ke, his daughter Kerry, and Mary agreed to revamp the Tupelo facilities and combine the presses and resources from both locations at the original Tupelo studio in 2014. Currently the print and book-publishing projects, exhibitions and archiving efforts of the press are administered by Ke, Mary, and Kerry Francis.
The Hoopsnake Press Associate Artists are a group of talented young artists whose artistic interests and aesthetic concerns parallel the mission of the press. They are skilled professionals with unique personal visions. I am pleased the Gum Tree Museum has offered them the opportunity to display their artworks to the community.
Artist, Hoopsnake Press