Gregory Howell, owner of Pueblo's Kadoya Gallery, calls himself a storyteller. That's certainly true — before he'll tell me anything about the hardcover catalogs he's releasing, depicting the art in each of Kadoya's 2016 exhibits, he makes sure I know a little about how he came to Pueblo and how Kadoya formed. After all, his decision to put his gallery's art into print is just the next step.
"If we're going to elevate the story ... we really need to move into publishing," he says. While he says that community response to Kadoya has been positive, he knows only so many people can come through his doors. With the increased visibility catalogs provide, he hopes to help Kadoya shows find space at other venues. It's odd, then, that he categorizes as selfish his conviction that artists like photographers Kevin Malella and Bob Benvenuto, whose shared exhibit at Kadoya recently closed, should be seen more widely.
"[Publishing catalogs] gives us the ability to broadcast and escalate the message, [and] it also gets [the show] out to a wider audience," Howell says. The catalogs are self-published via lulu.com, which Howell chose for their eco-conscious practices and the option to print smaller runs. The books are available at Kadoya and online, all for $25 to $40, and will be available online long after the shows close. He also sourced a miniature softbound version of the catalog, sold at Kadoya for $5. At year's end, he'll release a sleeve that will hold all of the full-size catalogs together as a single volume.
"It's [about] nurturing a culture of collecting or living with art," he says.