"Access to Art: All Creatures Great and Small" presents a selection of the works of New Mexican animal carvers - and invites you to touch its soft sheep, bottlecap snake and other works chosen for tactile interest.

The exhibition has its premiere showing at the Museum of Folk Art here through June 16. It will go on to other venues around the United States as part of the museum's program "designed to make folk art available to all museum visitors."Progress around the exhibition is brightened by bi-lingual, large-print and braille labels in Spanish and English. There's an audiotape tour available in either Spanish or English that includes interviews with some of the artists.

The design of the exhibition emphasizes accessibility. It's intended to be of particular help to those with disabilities, for example, to the elderly with varying degrees of vision, mobility and hearing impairment, and to others such as parents pushing strollers.

The exhibition's travel schedule for later this year is not yet complete. In 1992, it will be seen in the Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex, Oklahoma City, March 30-May 25; West Virginia State Museum, Charleston, W.Va., June 15-Aug. 10; and the Museum of Arts and Science, Macon, Ga., Aug. 31-Oct. 26.

In 1993, it goes to the Flint (Mich.) Institute of Arts, Feb. 1-March 29, and the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Mich., April 19-June 14.