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Published September 16, 2013
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“Ink Stomp” to Showcase Artistic Talents of Kids with Special Needs

They'll be stomping, rolling and dancing to rock n' roll while creating large, one-of-a-kind monoprints during the "Ink Stomp" at the Schack Art Center in Everett. 

Ink Stomp is a collaborative art event showcasing the abilities of 45 youth and adults with special needs from the Lynnwood High School Life Skills Class and the All Aboard program in Everett. The public is invited to watch as event planners and participants take over at the Schack on Friday, Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The giant Ink Stomp monoprints will be produced by first layering ink onto 3' x 5' plexiglass plates. Paper will be laid over the ink and, as DJ Busters plays tunes, participants will “move in whatever way the music inspires” across the paper to create unique patterns. 

One of the event coordinators, Mary Peterson, whose own daughter has special needs, happened upon a video of folks from Sweden creating prints using this technique and was thrilled to see another method of making art that didn’t require a lot of fine motor skill. "Monoprinting as a group promotes a sense of camaraderie and fun, which I believe is one of the most healing aspects of art," added Peterson. 

The Ink Stomp prints will then be exhibited in Schack Studio 1 from Oct. 4 through 31, where they will also be on sale.

Schack Art Center is an admission free, visual arts center in downtown Everett featuring diverse art exhibits from locally and internationally known professional artists, as well as emerging young talents. The state-of the-art glass blowing studio allows the public to watch local artists work with this mesmerizing art form. To learn more, visit www.schack.org.

Photo credit: Ink Stomp example provided by Mary Peterson.

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