On a June afternoon in the Chinatown Arts District, a small group gathered at the ARTS at Marks Garage gallery to view the Raku Ho’olaule’a 2015 exhibit.
After a brief introduction to raku history and techniques by Mark White (Hawaii Craftsmen board president), the attendees explored the exhibit, examining the work on display. They were there as the Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) at the invitation of the Hawaii Craftsmen. Their goal was to nominate artworks for acquisition by the Art in Public Places Program, part of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), selecting what they each thought was the best work in the exhibit that also fit the guidelines provided by the SFCA.
After discussion and voting, the selections were narrowed down to just one piece, which was then delivered to the SFCA to be displayed to their Board of Commissioners.
Mark White, Hawaii Craftsmen Board President, and Kelly Thune, SFCA Curator
Looking for more photos from the exhibit? Check out the July newsletter!
On July 15, 2015, Chris Edwards' ceramic vessel "#61, The Urchin", was presented to the board and approved for purchase and is now a part of the Art in Public Places Program collection.
"The Urchin #61", Chris Edwards
Additional congratulations to Hawai’i Craftsmen members Kate and Will Jacobson, whose ceramic pieces “Crows Eye View” and “Conservation Conversation” were acquired from the Volcano Art Center’s “Through the Artists Eye” exhibit, and Tom Calhoun, whose Cook Pine wood bowl “Series Nexus 10” was acquired from Art Maui 2015 by the SFCA.
Over the years, more than 100 works have been acquired by the SFCA from Hawai'i Craftsmen exhibits, starting with Sally Fletcher-Murchison's stoneware ceramic pot "Round, Round" from the 2nd Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition in 1967, and most recently from the Raku Ho’olaule’a 2015, a testament to the high quality of work by Hawai'i Craftsmen members. Displayed in schools, libraries, legislative offices, and other public buildings, these artworks are seen by the public across the entire state.
Board member Gideon Gerlt at the AASC for the 2015 Schaefer Portrait Challenge, currently on view at First Hawaiian Center in downtown Honolulu. Gideon attended as an observer and did not vote.
Visitors to the Hawaii State Art Museum (a venue for the Art in Public Places program) often ask how artworks are acquired. Of the three ways artwork becomes part of the collection (commission, gift, and AASC), the AASC process is the most common. Each AASC is comprised of SFCA Board Commissioners, Visual Art Consultants and SFCA staff members.
Visual Art Consultants for AASCs are volunteers on a pre-approved list of members of the public, including artists, art experts and art enthusiasts. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a Visual Arts Consultants Application and submit it to the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
For more details on the AASC process, including SFCA guidelines and how to apply to have an AASC visit an exhibit, please visit the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts webpage Relocatable Works of Art.
"Experimenting with vegetable dyes from plants in Hawaii, the artist also spins her own yarn to weave yardage, hangings, rugs, and other woven forms. The open-weave of this hanging gives it an airy lightness which emboldens the tightly woven areas."
"Nature's Secret", woven wallhanging
93 x 21"
not on display
October 27 - November 21: Honolulu Craftsmen Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery with guest juror Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in NYC.
This year, registration and entries will be done through the CaFE website (www.callforentry.org), which requires artists to set up a CaFE account (free of charge) and then register for the exhibit with digital images of the artwork being submitted for consideration. Entries will be juried in person by Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims at an appropriate location on your island (with the exception of Lana'i and Molokai).
July 1: opening of registration
September 15: deadline for registration
October 27 - November 21: ASJE 2015 Exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Opening reception on Tuesday, October 27 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, free and open to the public, at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
July: Chris Edwards, ceramics
See more of Chris' work on his website: www.christopheredwards.net
CALL TO ARTISTS: TheWindow is available for AUGUST and OCTOBER 2015.
ART EXHIBIT: Tonia Moreno | Moonstones
August 6 - December 5
Reception: Thursday August 6, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Coffeeline, 1820 University Ave., Honolulu (inside the YMCA building)
FIBER EXHIBIT: Cotton in Hawaii | Hawaii State Library
This exhibit features cotton grown and processed in Hawaii and includes a display of cotton bolls; ginned, carded, and spun cotton; various hand spindles for making yarn;and sample textiles. Features cotton grown and processed by Katy Kaneshiro and Laurel Hayama.
Hawaii State Library (main branch) 478 S. King St., Honolulu
through August 29, 2015
ART EXHIBIT: Hawai'i Handweaver's Hui | 'Shear' Delight: Weaving in the Year of the Sheep
The Hawai'i Handweaver's Hui celebrates the year of the sheep in Chinese astrology and will look at wool as an important element in fiber traditions. Exhibit will start at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and then move to the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea (Big Island).
Juror: Deborah Jarchow
Tuesday, August 25, 5:30 - 8:00 PM: Honolulu opening reception, Honolulu Museum of Art School
August 25 - September 13, 2015: Honolulu exhibit
Friday, September 18, 5:00 - 7:00 PM: Waimea opening reception, Kahilu Theatre
September 18 - October 19, 2015: Waimea exhibit
ART EXHIBIT: Schaefer Portrait Challenge | HMA at First Hawaiian Center
June 10 - September 25
The Schaefer Portrait Challenge, a juried triennial open to residents of Hawai‘i, always pushes the boundaries of portraiture. Previously on view at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, this traveling exhibit is now in downtown Honolulu.The fifth challenge features 55 portrait or self-portrait works by 54 artists from across the state, including Ingrid Fregeau, Sally French, Roberta Griffith, Lynn Weiler Liverton, and Mydock, selected by jurors Esther Shimazu of O‘ahu, Keith Tallett of Hawai‘i Island, and Sidney Yee of Maui. In addition to Maui, the jurors visited O‘ahu, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island to select the final portraits from hundreds of entries.The works represent a wide variety of media and methods including paint, pastel, graphite, watercolor, stone, clay, wood, and mixed media. For more information on the Honolulu exhibit, please see the info on the Honolulu Museum of Art website.
FEATURE ARTICLE | Inside the Artist's Studio: Maya Lea Portner
by Lesa Griffith, published on the Honolulu Museum of Art website
Jay Jensen, HoMA's curator of contemporary art, recently visited Maya Lea Portner in her studio to check on her progress for her upcoming exhibition, Urbanophilia/Urabanophobia. Read more on the Honolulu Museum of Art blog.
ART EXHIBIT: MAYA LEA PORTNER, Urbanophilia/Urbanophobia | Love and Fear of the City
June 11 - September 15, 2015 Maya Lea Portner is being honored by the Honolulu Museum of Art as the 13th recipient of the Catharine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in Visual Arts. Portner’s work is inspired by the abstraction of mapped land. For her exhibition titled Urbanophilia/Urbanophobia—Love and Fear of the City, she will create a sculptural installation based on aerial photographs of selected zip codes in Honolulu.
For more information, please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art event calendar.
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 South Beretania St., Honolulu
ART EXHIBIT: ARTISTS OF HAWAI'I 2015
July 2 - October 25, 2015
Seven artists and one artist collective have been selected to participate in the Honolulu Museum of Art’s biennial Artists of Hawai‘i, including Maile Yawata. For more information, please visit the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibit information.
Honolulu Museum of Art
900 South Beretania St., Honolulu
ART EXHIBIT: SHANNON WEBB
July 2 - September 25, 2015
WAIKIKI PARC Gallery 2233 Helumoa Rd
“Creating and making things is and has always been an interest for me. Being able to pull something from my imagination and flesh it out is uniquely euphoric. My explorations have led me to pottery and a fascination with line and form. The flow of lines in unison with the form of the pot along with a pristinely fine surface is crucial to my aesthetic. My goal is to create vessels that embody an unyielding elegance and emit the kind of euphoria I feel when I create." For more information, please visit the UH Department of Art and Art History website.
ART EXHIBIT: Michelle Schwengel-Regala, Hadal Zone @ Actual Size
October 26 - November 20, 2015
Commons Gallery, University of Hawai'i Manoa
"Her installation presents a glimpse of life in the hadal zone, the deepest trenches on earth (from 6,000 to 11,000 meters below the ocean’s surface). The viewer will encounter waves sewn from pages of marine science journal articles and numerous species of marine fauna. Suspended in the water column, these creatures are sculpted of wool, at actual size, and in their accurate colors." More information at the UH Dept of Art and Art History website.
ART EVENT: Glass + Ceramics Holiday Sale
December 4 - 6, 2015
Commons Gallery, University of Hawai'i Manoa
The annual Glass + Ceramic Holiday Sale features great holiday gifts! Check off your gift list and support the art students and the Department of Art + Art History
ART EXHIBIT: ERIN MARQUEZ, Honoring Totems: Giving Presence of Form | WAIKIKI PARC Gallery
Referring to her recent works in Honoring Totems: Giving Presence of Form Erin states, “These sculptures are depictions of the mares’ emergence from the obscurity of my dreams. In the process of sculpting them they become whole, separating themselves from my memory. Their emergence from the ground they are set in thereby gives them presence outside my dreams. They each arrive as messengers, bringing knowledge, and guidance. Every visit, no matter how brief, is important to me.” Erin expects to receive her BFA degree from the Department of Art + Art History, UHM, in 2015. For more information, please visit the UH Department of Art and Art History website.
January 14 - April 1, 2016
WAIKIKI PARC Gallery
Public reception Thursday January 14, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Honolulu Museum of Art has job listings for a Preparator, Junior Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant, Security Officer, and Groundskeeper. More information on their website: www.honolulumuseum.org
Bishop Museum has job listings for Director of Cultural Resources, Exhibit Tech, Housekeeper, and Member Services Coordinator, Human Resources and Volunteer Coordinator, Education Interpreter, Director of Education, and Housekeeper. More information on their website: www.bishopmuseum.org
TheWindow @ ARTS at Marks is available for AUGUST and OCTOBER 2015. TheWindow is an exhibition space within the ARTS at Marks gallery in downtown Honolulu, available for use by Hawai'i Craftsmen members at no charge. For more information, please contact John Friend at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 521-3282, or read about it here: hawaiicraftsmen.org/window
Hawaii's Woodshow 2015 | Na La'au o Hawai'i
Hawai'i Forest Industry Association's 23rd Annual Statewide Juried Woodworking Exhibition
Prospectus available at hawaiiswoodshow.blogspot.com. Deadline for entry August 7, 2015.
37th Annual Commitment to Excellence Art Exhibition | Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
Entry Dates: Monday, August 3 & Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
For more information, please visit hjcc.org.
Hawai'i Craftsmen is seeking a Board Secretary for 2015 and 2016. For more information, please contact Mark White, board President, at email@example.com.
Second Saturday @ HiSAM: volunteers are needed to work this wonderful one-day event for children and families. Hawaii Craftsmen will be putting on three different craft activities from 10am to 4pm at the Hawaii State art Museum on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Typical craft activities could include wood block sculpture building, bending wire sculptures, fiber weaving or even faux fossil printing. This years Chair is Jackie Mild-Lau. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're looking for volunteers to help organize and plan the Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition for 2015. Interested? Please contact program chair Barbara Thompson at email@example.com.