Some of us may recall summers when the pace of things slackened somewhat for artists and art lovers. That doesn’t appear to be the case these days, as evidenced by the number of current and upcoming exhibitions, residencies and other activities around the state. A number of these are highlighted in this issue of the newsletter. Please take special note of registration/entry deadlines for Hawaii Craftsmen's 50th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition. And whether you are busily making new work, teaching or taking classes, traveling to interesting places, or relaxing at home, we hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.
HAWAII CRAFTSMEN 50TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION
Honolulu Museum of Art School
CALL TO ARTISTS
Artwork by Harue McVay and photography by Jon Rawlings
Molokaʻi & Lanaʻi: Online jurying only
Hawaiʻi Is.: Oct. 16 Intake, jurying & juror lecture
Maui: Oct. 17 Intake, jurying & juror lecture
Kauaʻi: Oct. 18 Intake, jurying & juror lecture
Oʻahu: Oct. 18 Intake, Oct. 19 Jurying
Oct. 20, 5:30-6:30 pm
HAWAII CRAFTSMEN 50TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION
Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 pm
WET CLAY DEMOS BY MAGDALENE ODUNDO
October 1, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm
Honolulu Museum of Art School
October 9, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm
Volcano Art Center
Free and open to the public
The American Craft Council’s four annual, juried craft shows convene a vibrant community of more than 1,500 of the country’s most talented craft artists – ranging from those just beginning their careers to masters in the field – and reach nearly 50,000 attendees each year. Exhibiting artists represent the broad aesthetic, technical, and material diversity of the craft field, from age-old traditions to cutting-edge technologies. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a spectacular season showcasing the highest quality craft in the country.
Mark Sfirri Woodturning Demo
Trained as an artist, woodworker, furniture maker and industrial designer, Mark is also an academic. Mark is a professor in, and coordinator of, the Fine Woodworking Programs at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
1041 Puuwai Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
$50 (includes lunch) ~ if paid by September 12, 2017
The Hawaii Forestry Industry Association (HFIA) is bringing in Mark Sfirri this fall for their Woodshow. The Honolulu Woodturners are partnering with HFIA and will have a demonstration and hands-on workshop. The demonstration will be open to general public as well as club members. The hands-on workshop will be restricted to club members.
Mark is well-known in the woodturning world for his brain-bending multi-axis work, and for the humor he brings to both presentations and sculptural pieces like those in his Rejects From the Bat Factory series.
He lectures and demonstrates woodturning and woodworking design and techniques throughout the US, Canada, France, Ireland, England, New Zealand, and Australia.
Mark grew up in Middletown, Pennsylvania and studied fine arts at Penncrest. Mark, who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design in 1974, and his Master of Fine Arts from the same institution in 1978, was heavily influenced by his mentor Frid, who encouraged Mark to use his primary tool, the lathe in new, creative ways.
Mark uses the lathe to create conventional bowls and spindles which he then manipulates using multi-centered spindles, and a series of crosscuts; the resulting pieces combine concave and convex surfaces with curvilinear contours.
“As a furniture maker and sculptor much of my work centers around the wood lathe-turned object. Turned pieces sometimes turned on several different axes have allowed me to explore form in a spontaneous, mathematical, creative way.”
Well known for his bold composition and meticulous attention to detail, Mark has collaborated on individual pieces with numerous other artists, including Michael Hosaluk and painter Robert Dodge.
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Hawaii Craftsmen mourns the loss of one of our longtime members. Lucille Cooper passed away September 29, 2016 at the age of 92 after a long illness.
Lucille will be remembered as a very vibrant creative force in the art community. Born in Shanghai in 1923 and raised in Manila., she remembered seeing Generals Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur on family social occasions. Cooper spent World War II in California, where she competed in swimming and studied art at UCLA with, among others, a young Ken Kingrey, just starting a distinguished teaching career in design that would culminate in his many years at the UH art department. With her mother, she started Saxony of California, a ceramic manufacturer that filled the gap created by the shutdown of such famous German ceramic centers as Dresden.
Upon moving to Honolulu, she studied at the Academy of Arts with Louis Pohl and Wilson Stamper, whom she credits as freeing her from her European aesthetic straightjacket. By the 1950s she had become immersed in ceramics. Through all her work- from the early paintings and watercolors to the totemic mixed media masks and jewel encrusted raku pieces invoking the memory of her Russian mother – Cooper’s dramatic flair and energetic sense of craft in the service of her art are unmistakable and inspiring.
Lucille was a real mover and shaker in the Hawaii art world! In the 1970’s she owned and operated the Hand and Eye Gallery in Kilohana Square. This gallery served as an important source for sales and commissions for local craft artists. Lucille was President of Hawaii Craftsmen twice, in 1975 and again in 1990. She was also one of the founders of the Windward Art Guild and served as a commissioner on the State Foundation on Culture and Arts. Over the years she exhibited her work in many juried shows and won awards. She was honored with a one-person exhibit and Koa Award at the Kapiolani Community College Koa Gallery.
For information about Lucille’s life celebration email her daughter Cathi at
39th Annual “Commitment to Excellence” Art Exhibition CALL FOR ENTRIES
Honolulu Museum of Art School
Should you have any questions, please contact the HJCC Office at (808) 949-5531.
2nd Annual Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition
Follow this link for more information about the upcoming Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibit! Mahalo for your support.https://hawaiicraftsmen2017.artcall.org/
American Craft Show, San Francisco 2017
August 4: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
JOIN US FOR THREE DAYS OF FESTIVITIES CELEBRATING ALL THINGS HANDMADE!
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Festival Pavilion
More than 230 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country will gather under one roof. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work. This is the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies — a must-attend for craft lovers.More Information
Art of the Drink and other Distractions:
Louis Pohl Gallery
Exhibit Dates August 1 through September 29
Meet the Artist First Friday August 4,
Mark Mitsuda’s work is an exploration of line, pattern and texture. He strives to create by reinterpreting both traditional and nontraditional shapes. He seeks to use Venetian techniques to reflect a contemporary aesthetic. Mark seeks to create elegance from a functional shape. Often the relationship of proportion and ornamentation results in a contradiction or implied absurdity, questioning the relationship between decorative and function. His current body of work explores utilitarian vessels through the lens of Venetian technique and contemporary design.
Hinalua'iko'a in the Hamakua Gallery & Kalo in the Kohala Gallery will
Hawaii Craftsmen at Cedar Street Galleries
Cedar Street Galleries
July 14th – August 20th, 2017
Second Floor @ Cedar Street Galleries presents: an invitational show of work by members of the Hawai’i Craftsmen, in celebration of the organization’s 50th year.
Second Floor @ Cedar Street Galleries is hosting a show featuring members of Hawai’I Craftsmen, in celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary. Artists include Kenny Kicklighter, Jackie Mild Lau, Francisco Clemente, and Lynn Liverton, to name just a few of the 20 artists participating.
The show is open to the public. The show will run through August 20th.
Gallery hours: Monday thru Saturday 11-5. Closed Sundays.
Artworks in the show can also be viewed online at:
Body of Work
Since Paleolithic peoples carved female fertility symbols from stone, we have been fascinated by our own image, and are driven to represent that form in art. Self-representation helped our ancestors create meaning in a dangerous, unknown world, and artists today use the human form to communicate desires, ideologies, and individual and cultural experiences.
These primarily American and European paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper, drawn from the museum’s modern and contemporary collection, focus on the human figure in classically inspired works as well as personal and experimental pieces that challenge viewers’ preconceptions. See works by such artists as Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Robert Colescott, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and Tom Wesselmann that deal with themes such as religion and spirituality, identity, gender, and politics.
This was the final collection-based exhibition organized by Curator of Contemporary Art James Jensen, who sadly passed away in April. His knowledge of the collection, attention to detail, and dedication to the museum will never be forgotten.
“TREE OF LIFE,” VLADIMIR PUCHKOVSKI, UZBEKISTAN, CONTEMPORARY, BATIK COLLAGE
Tree of LifeOn view June 4 - September 10, 2017
East-West Center Gallery,
This exhibition showcases diverse objects from 20 Asian countries. Although the emphasis is on textiles there are also examples of the Tree of Life image in a multitude of media including paintings, ceramics, basketry, metal work, jewelry, lacquer, stone, wood, and leather. The aim of the exhibition is to create awareness about the importance of ecology to stimulate creativity as well as to highlight cultural understanding and sustainability.
Free admission, open to the public
Roberta Griffith | Unpleasant Conversations
The John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery
July 28 to November 12, 2017
Opening Reception for general pubic:
I have incorporated image transfers into my ceramic work since the 1970s. Research for my current project started three years ago when I began painting abstract compositions with underglaze colors, including text, on thin porcelain sheets, then kiln-firing them for permanence. Titled, The NO Series, the text consisted of one word, which began with NO and expanded to include the words NEVER, NOT, NOPE, NOTHING and NO-NO. These negatives are a visual response to natural and man-made disasters, political and social conflicts, and incivilities that plague our contemporary world.
Unpleasant Conversations consists of white porcelain plates and cups installed in the gallery. Decals made from four black ink NO Series drawings are attached to the plates and cups though kiln-firing. While the cups are installed in disarray on a black table in the center of the gallery, the plates are installed on a yellow band encircling the area. The yellow band, which recalls a yellow caution tape, is bisected by a continuing red line with an arrow that delineates space in various ways. First, as a reference to the horizon line, and therefore, distant space; second, as part of an encircling band, which wraps around and encloses the space encouraging conversation; and third, as an arrow which directs the eye around the area. Normally red signals stop, or the ceasing of movement, yet here it acts to encourage the viewers’ movement around the gallery.
The idea of conversation is further examined through variations of the text. The printed words act as declarations, but also as responses, echoes or even yells, among the plates and the cups or among people. The simple black panels with white text on the circular plates and cups, coupled with the communal reference to the sharing of food and drink, pull people in. At the same time, the words on these everyday objects push people away, reflecting the overwhelming negativity, divisiveness and hostility often found in society today.
We are making sure that we have all members' current contact information to keep everyone informed and up to date on Hawaii Craftsmen events and opportunities. We are also tracking members' preferred art medium to help us make decisions about what programs to provide. Please take the time to sign in at Hawaiicraftsmen.org, update your contact information, and adjust your membership level or status as needed, so we can serve you better!
For 50 years, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen has relied on the generosity of members, supporters, and volunteers like you, who have helped us accomplish our mission to serve as an integral part of the fine craft community, promote fine crafts throughout the state, and support our community of member artists. Help Hawaiʻi Craftsmen continue the sustainability and growth of its programs and events today by making a tax-deductible monetary contribution—however large or small— by sending us a check or contributing online.
NEW "GET READY" GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR ARTISTS
CERF+ announces new “Get Ready” Grants to help artists working in craft disciplines safeguard their studios and protect their careers. Up to 10 grants will be awarded on a competitive basis in two grant cycles to eligible artists towards the purchase of goods or services that will have a direct impact on increasing their emergency readiness. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
NEWSLETTER CALL FOR CONTENT
Is your work in an upcoming exhibit? Do you know of a lecture or event that might be of interest to our membership? Please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 14th for inclusion in the next newsletter.
REQUEST FOR HAWAII CRAFTSMEN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
Do you have any photographs, newspaper articles, program files, or other information from past Hawaii Craftsmen events? We would love to centralize our archives and fill in any missing holes in our history. Please contact us at info@hawaiicraftsmen or call us at (808) 521-3282.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM
“In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries.”
Help us celebrate Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary Year. In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries. We hope that you will see the mutual benefits of these Strategic Partnerships. Ideally we can begin an on-going working relationship to mutually support and promote Hawaii’s fine craft artists working primarily in functional and non-functional 2- and 3 dimensional art in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media.
We are accepting proposals for exhibits, art events, awards, and workshops. A limited number of awards remain available for additional partnerships.
Our over-arching goal is to celebrate and promote public art exhibitions, art displays, and events featuring fine craft arts and artists and to support artists working in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media through formal and informal workshops and educational opportunities.
Potential partners should submit an application at least 3 months in advance of your planned project. We are hopeful that together we can increase the appreciation and support of fine craft art throughout the state and beyond!
CONGRATULATIONS TO HAWAII ISLAND ARTS ALLIANCE, HAWAII POTTERS GUILD, UH ART GALLERY-UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, CURRENT RECIPIENTS OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AWARDS.STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
As a volunteer organization, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen relies on the active participation of its members in volunteering for a wide range of tasks that help us deliver our programs to members and the community. Please consider volunteering as a coordinator or member on one of the following committees. To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE COMMITTEE
Committee members should have interest/experience in membership development and will assist in membership outreach, building greater active membership, and soliciting updates of member contact and interests information.
Committee members should have interest/experience in organizing volunteers; gathering data on volunteer skills, interests, and expertise; and working with program chairs and event coordinators to contact, solicit, and schedule volunteers.
Committee members should have an interest/experience in fundraising, particularly in working with donors and corporate sponsors. Members will be tasked with developing sponsorship packages, with outreach to potential donors and corporate sponsors, and with soliciting gifts in kind and/or monetary donations for programs and events.
To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.
The board is currently seeking nominations for the executive position of President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. The President is the principle executive officer of the organization; presides at all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors; is primary signatory to contracts and documents; and, in general, supervises the activities and operations of Hawaiʻi Craftsmen. The Treasurer oversees the financial operations of the organization. These positions require excellent leadership, organizational and people skills, as well as a strong understanding of fine craft arts.
Please send your recommendations/nominations (self-nominations are welcome) and brief biographical information of potential candidates to Terry Savage, Acting President, at email@example.com
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The 2017 annual meeting has been rescheduled to October. The date and venue will be announced once they have been confirmed.
Hawaii Craftsmen meets the Third Wednesday of the month and the meeting is open to members. If you would like to attend, please sign up at Hawaiicraftsmen.org under Events.