APRIL 22ND – MAY 26TH
The Monothon Exhibition of selected artworks from Monothon Print Week will be featured in the City of Santa Fe’s Community Gallery from April 22nd through May 26th. A public opening event will be held from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, April 22nd. Artworks will also become available for online purchase at this time.
The Exclusive Gala Sale will take place in the Community Gallery on Friday, April 21st from 5pm to 8pm. This is a private event for participating sponsors, artists, print studios and support staff.
A LITTLE HISTORY FROM ONE OF THE FOUNDERS
In the mid 1980’s I was assisting many artists in my Graphics Workshop studio. We had a membership program and offered classes that generated a lot of interest in pursuing monotype to produce “painterly prints.” However, many of these artists could not afford the fee required to pay for assistance. To remedy this, I thought we could perhaps reach out to the community of collectors and art patrons and ask for contributions for a type of scholarship fund. From this fund the necessary fees could be drawn to invite selected artists to do assisted sessions. At the completion of each session, one work would be selected to be part of a temporary collection. And at any point the collectors/patrons would be able to choose works commensurate with their original contributions. It would be a win, win, win situation.
After that first year, we no longer charged admission to view the print sessions. Volunteers were recruited to help in both shops and many folks offered food to feed the artists and printers. The sponsorship fee was just $85 of which $25 was a credit towards the purchase of any print from the Monothon Exhibition. A preview for sponsors, artists and print shops preceded the opening Gala for the public in the College of Santa Fe art gallery. Ultimately that first Monothon did not raise a lot of money for the art department, but the community involvement and overall enjoyment for all that participated made it an annual event.
In the fall of 1987 Michael Costello purchased Hand Graphics and took over its operation from Ron Adams. Over the next few years, the enthusiasm grew. More Monothon printing sessions were added, sponsorship fees were increased, and silent auctions at the Gala were added. In 1993 I closed Graphics Workshop and gifted the operation to the College of Santa Fe. It ultimately became the Printmaking Center with Don Messec as its Director. In February of 1994 Monothon print sessions were held for the first time at the College of Santa Fe Printmaking Center with guest Master Printers. Michael Costello continued hosting additional printing sessions at Hand Graphics. This continued until 1996.
This 2023 revival of the Monothon was spurred on by several factors. I had frequently thought of how it could be brought back but always let it go as just ideas. But during Covid my thoughts again surfaced with the notion that it might just be the perfect event to again bring the art community back together after two years of sheltering. Then last spring I became aware of PrintSantaFe. PrintAustin had been a very successful month-long celebration of Printmaking in Austin, Texas and to celebrate 10 years of its existence the founders wanted to bring the concept to Santa Fe. Simultaneously Rod Lambert, director of The Santa Fe Community Gallery contacted me wanting to do a “monothon type” event at the gallery. He had never really experienced what a Monothon actually entailed so I met with him to propose the current incarnation and here we are. Unlike the original College of Santa Fe Monothon where printing was done mostly in one or two locations, this year’s event will utilize the services of six local print shops. And the entire month of April will celebrate printmaking in Santa Fe. Welcome to Santa Fe Monothon 2023.