Janet Meinke-Lau
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Original art vs. prints

I'll be "tabling" next Saturday at a street fair in Chinatown - March 10th from 11AM to 4PM on Nuuanu Avenue near Pauahi Street! This will be the second time I've tabled, ever, so I'm pretty excited and somewhat nervous.

"Everyone needs deadlines." - Walt Disney. Yes indeed. I have about a week and a half to create a series of small original watercolor and/or ink pieces that will be affordable yet one-of-a-kind. I was recently reading a blog rant about "limited edition" prints, which are basically a marketing ploy to create an artificial low supply of art that can be reproduced ad infinitum. (I can't find that blog entry to link, sorry.) The blogger goes on to talk about the merits of selling and buying original art and foregoing prints. Originality is what makes art special - each piece that is painted and drawn in real time, can only be done by that particular person, at that particular moment in time. If the artist attempted to create the same piece of art later, it wouldn't and couldn't look exactly the same as the first piece. That uniqueness, specialness, represents the true value of the piece.

Prints are cool because they allow many people to enjoy a copy of one piece of original art. Prints can be cheap yet good looking to give a home some artistic flair, but, if I may be so bold, prints lack the soul, spirit and energy that are infused in the the original artwork - that unique creation made at that singular moment in time. (Every moment is singular, special, and will never happen again). So actually prints or reproduced art go against my every-moment-is-special-so-life-consists-of-all-these-special-gifts mantra. 

However, prints help artists make a living and are an affordable option for people. I have some prints and cards and postcards available for sale next weekend. But with this new thread of thought, I'm planning on focusing my energy to creating and selling more originals. This means I have to draw and paint more, and draw and paint faster to make them affordable. Sounds like a plan! :)

Street fair event information below:

When: March 10, 2018 from 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.  Where: Fort St. Mall and Chinatown, Honolulu  Walk on the Wild Side is both a fundraising event benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and an invitation to learn more and enjoy the best of Chinatown. Come watch the lion dancers and Taiko drummers and participate in FREE health and vision screenings, keiki activities, and arts & crafts! There will also be delicious food trucks, live entertainment on 3 stages, and a “Wall of Love” where you can display pictures of loved ones affected by kidney disease!  As the entire Nuuanu Avenue will be closed off to cars, the community is flipping the script and occupying the street with live music, artist booths and demonstrations, life size chess game, cafe lounge seating, Biki bikes, food trucks and beverage vendors.

When: March 10, 2018 from 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Where: Fort St. Mall and Chinatown, Honolulu

Walk on the Wild Side is both a fundraising event benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii and an invitation to learn more and enjoy the best of Chinatown. Come watch the lion dancers and Taiko drummers and participate in FREE health and vision screenings, keiki activities, and arts & crafts! There will also be delicious food trucks, live entertainment on 3 stages, and a “Wall of Love” where you can display pictures of loved ones affected by kidney disease!

As the entire Nuuanu Avenue will be closed off to cars, the community is flipping the script and occupying the street with live music, artist booths and demonstrations, life size chess game, cafe lounge seating, Biki bikes, food trucks and beverage vendors.