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A collection of original mixed media prints from Buena Vista artist Jude Silva is on display at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) now through September 30.

Silva’s exhibit represents her love of fiber, which can be found throughout her prints.

“I have done artwork in the past made of handmade nets, basketry and weaving,” said Silva.

“My preferred way of working when starting a print is to choose an image, and then build on it with other plates, papers or shapes,” Silva commented.

Artist Jude Silva with an example of her artwork. Courtesy photo.

Silva’s printmaking process focuses on solar plate etching. These have a photosensitive emulsion added on to the plate that hardens when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. The resulting print requires no chemicals, is nontoxic, and only uses regular water to process.

Silva’s art career spans more than 50 years. Silver received a formal art education from San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Spatial Arts. Silva’s work has been exhibited nationally, at locations such as the San Jose Museum of Art, California Crafts Center, Durango Art Center, Colorado Springs Airport and Kaiser Permanente hospitals.

Silva has maintained an art studio in Buena Vista, Colo., for 26 years.

HRRMC displays the work of regional artists each quarter, with an emphasis on the Arkansas Valley. For more information on exhibiting art at HRRMC, call 719-530-2217