This Saturday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary with Mulberry Madness, a benefit and silent auction to raise proceeds for the Morgan Conservatory and its programming.
The silent auction includes original artwork, gift certificates and more. More than 50 artists have created original work using the same Japanese mulberry paper, kozo, created using plants grown in the Sam Caraboolad Garden outside the Morgan. The mulberry garden is the largest of its type in the region. This specific paper choice is in honor of the inaugural year of their Eastern Paper Studio. Proceeds from the benefit will help continue to build their eastern papermaking facilities into the largest outside of Asia.
With so many artists working with the same medium, the work becomes a demonstration of creative diversity and the range of possible techniques. A number of other artists have donated two- and three-dimensional works for the auction as well.
Additionally, the evening includes expert demonstrations of traditional papermaking techniques, bookbinding and letterpress printing using the Morgan’s remarkable facilities. Guests can also enjoy hor d’oeurvres and a full cash bar featuring a signature cocktail. The Syncopated Sin Swing Band will provide an eclectic variety of live music throughout the evening.
This year also includes a new “Framers Corner” featuring over $3,000 worth of custom framing gift certificates donated by Bonfoey gallery, M. Gentile Studios, Custom Picture Framing, Art Source and Wood Trader Framing.
Tickets are $25 and available through the Morgan’s website.