Monothon 2012: Marathon of Monotype prints


The Donkey Mill Art Center hosts “Monothon 2012: A Celebration of Hand-Pulled Prints” 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

As part of this community art center’s continuing mission to provide quality art education to people of all ages and abilities, more than 50 local artists have come together to participate in the making of original, hand-pulled monotype prints which will be exhibited and sold during the silent and live auction.

The champagne reception features an evening of fabulous art, live music by violin and cello duo, Vietze & Salis, and delicious food while supporting this great cause.

Monotype prints are characterized by the fact that no two prints are exactly alike. The “mono” in monotype indicates the uniqueness of each print, which is what makes this method fundamentally different than other printmaking techniques.

The simplicity of the approach allows the resulting prints to carry a unique translucency that creates a quality quite different from watercolors, woodcut prints or etchings.

The immediacy of the method allows individuals from various media to dive in and create beautiful prints as a new means of expression and to rediscover their sense of spontaneity.

Through this fresh approach, artists access the vitality, beauty, discovery and improvisation that art-making provokes in the people of our rich and diverse community that is Hawaii.

This unique and inspiring event was created by artist Hiroki Morinoue with the intention of educating the community about monotype prints while raising funds for the Donkey Mill’s educational and outreach programs.

Over the course of several months, Hiroki and Miho Morinoue generously opened the print studio to the public and assisted artists from a variety of media to create prints, and in exchange these artists donated some of their best prints to be exhibited and sold in support of the Donkey Mill’s future programs.

A new component of this years Monothon is the selection of original prints made by young artists from Innovations Public Charter School as well as other works from the Mill’s after school program, which will be on view in the Children’s studio.

This mutual exchange of knowledge and spontaneous inspiration is an example of the crucially important creative opportunity that this community art center brings to our island.

The Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture is a 501(c)3 organization.

Tickets for the Monothon are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

For reservations call 322. 3362 or visitwww.donkeymillartcenter.o…

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