Wednesday August 10, 2011 | 09:47 PM

Art enthusiasts enjoyed a close-up view of screen printing during tonight's "Pulled" members opening reception at SPACE Gallery in Portland. The party was a joint reception for members of SPACE and the Portland Museum of Art, which set up a bookstore to sell books by Brooklyn artist Mike Perry. Mike curated a show of more than 80 works by different print makers to coincide with the publication of his latest book "Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing." At tonight's party, anyone who bought a book could have Mike screen print a fun design onto the cover.  In the photo above, Mike is being assisted by J Bell, an artist who works for Mike. J is holding the screen while Mike pulls the ink across it.

Here's what the books looked liked before they were screen printed.

And here's what they looked like afterwards. Each book had a unique overlay with a 3-D quality. Those who could resist let their books rest on the table so the ink could dry,. But more than one person couldn't help touch the intriguing pattern when it was still damp.

Mike also gave a short, entertaining talk and slideshow, where he told us about his screen printing and mixed media work. There is another reception for the show tomorrow night from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery and the show remains on view through Sept. 16. You can find the books at the Museum Store at the Portland Museum of Art.

Be sure to check out the Aug. 14 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more details about the party, Mike's work and what guests had to say about it.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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