Aloha Hawai’i Craftsmen Members,
On behalf of the board I would like to wish you all a happy new year. Mahalo for all of you who participated in our giving campaign at the end of the year. Your generous contributions are what keeps non profit organizations like Hawai’i Craftsmen going!
This year the the board has dedicated itself to evaluating the current state of our programs and finances. Some of our programs may under go restructuring and rescheduling to make sure that we are keeping Hawaii Craftsmen a financially healthy organization. Operating for the past two years with out a treasurer has been challenging and the board of directors has been working hard to keep the organization solvent. Keep an eye on the the newsletter and the website for updates on the programs this year.
Hawaii Craftsmen’s 2017 Programming Year in Review
From January through December 2017 Hawaii Craftsmen completed the following programmatic activities: Aha Hana Lima 2017, Raku Ho’olaule’a 2017, Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition 2017, a special 50th Anniversary Year Artist in Residence program and 6 formal Strategic Partnership activities. These activities provided 524 unique artist experiences to approximately 250 artists. We presented 11 workshops and 9 slide lectures on 4 islands, 2 exhibitions on Oahu and invited the public to 8 receptions related to these activities. We sold 21 pieces of art for $17,899 and presented $6,350 in awards to 27 artists at our exhibitions. We paid artists $20,518 for their services to 2017 our programs. 80 volunteers, including 3 program chairs, provided over 3,000 volunteer hours. We reached 2,845 members of the public. This does not include pubic attendance at our Strategic Partnership events.
Our 2017 community partners included:
Some quotes from the evaluation forms:
Aha Hana Lima
Raku Ho'olaule'a has been held for 41 consecutive years. That alone is amazing, and is a sign of the importance and effectiveness of the program for the arts community!
Magdalene Odundo Residency
Workshops & Opportunities
The Artist, Kapa Maker, and Teacher, Page Chang of Pukoʻa Studios is opening a pop-up art gallery and Kapa workshop for the Holiday Season. Currently Page operates Pukoʻa Studios upstairs at 90 North King Street in Chinatown.
The pop-up gallery is located downstairs at 96 North King Street, across from The Pig and The Lady, Pageʻs oil paintings, Kapa art, and Kapa jewelry are on display and for sale. Kapa making and design demonstrations daily.
Kapa is a beautiful, renewable, sustainable product and is a true Hawaiian art. Come in and shop and/or learn how to make your own Green, Local, Native Hawaiian products. Schedule a private Kapa Wear Party for up to 20 of your friends.
The Pop-Up gallery/workshop will open on November 24, 2017 and close on January 6, 2018.
Hours of operation will be:
Private classes and Kapa Wear parties will be held throughout the week.
DISPLAY ARTWORK AT REAL OFFICE SPACE IN CHINATOWN
Artists! We still have the option to display artwork at Real Office Center space in Chinatown. Currently, Deanna Gabiga has macro photography of her wire sculpture work hanging in the foyer. Contact us for information on how to show.
Turning the camera lens on her own wire sculpture pieces, Deanna opens up new views of her work. The Ocean Wave Series contains “Out to Sea” (16” x 20”) which was juried into the 2016 Fiber Exhibition, In, Of, or About Fiber. The additional 5 pieces are also printed on Aluminum, 20” x 20"
VOLCANO ART CENTER NOW HIRING
1. Volcano Art Center is looking for a qualified Part-Time Sales Associate to join our team!
Sales Associates handle all aspects of daily sales of artwork at the Volcano Art Center Gallery as well as interpret the building to visitors. They provide information on the art, artists and merchandise displayed, and contribute to the overall Park Visitor experience. Sales Associates represent the Volcano Art Center and the National Park Service and support the mission and vision of both organizations. For more information on how to apply, please see the detailed job description here!
2. Volcano Art Center is also looking for a qualified Inventory Specialist and Gallery Support associate to join our team!
The Gallery Support and Inventory Specialist position supports VAC’s day-to-day inventory, clerical and administrative needs of VAC’s Gallery and website operations.
As a member of the VAC Gallery team, this position contributes to the overall Park and VAC Gallery visitor experience. The Inventory Specialist and Gallery Support position provides back up to VAC Gallery sales associates during lunch breaks and vacations and other Personal Time Off (PTO) leaves. This position represents the Volcano Art Center and the National Park Service and supports the mission and vision of both organizations. For more information on how to apply, please see the detailed job description here!
"SILK PAINTING WITH WAX RESIST" WITH PATTI PEASE JOHNSON
Wax resist dyeing of fabric is an ancient art form. Indonesian batik made in the island of Java has a long history of diverse patterns influenced by a variety of cultures, and is very developed in terms of pattern, technique, and quality of workmanship.
This class combines batik methods with the art of Serti silk painting.
In this workshop you’ll use the wax/dye method to create a representational piece of art, such as a wall hanging. Color theory and composition will be discussed. First, you’ll use a 5x8” China silk sampler to get the feel of the wax tool and using the dyes, and to work out color or composition details for the larger 12x16” piece you will get to design.
“HAWAII CRAFTSMEN CELEBRATES FINE CRAFT AS A VITAL AND ENRICHING PART OF CONTEMPORARY LIFE AND SUPPORTS THE CREATIVE GROWTH OF OUR MEMBER ARTISTS AND THE EDUCATION OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO THE VALUE OF THE CRAFTS.”
A TRIBUTE TO FRED H. ROSTER 1944- DECEMBER 19, 2017
It is hard to grasp the vastness of the empty space left by the recent passing of master sculptor and beloved University of Hawaii at Manoa professor of 3D art, Fred Roster. One glance at his “Rate My Professors” page reveals an almost uniform rating of AWESOME with quotes ranging from “I took this class because he taught it”, “a caring and meticulous man”, “I enjoyed every class and always wanted to be better than the day before because of his encouragement”, “excellent professor” to “always encourages you to express yourself and your own style of art”.
Fred was always the guy we turned to, no matter what, to seek guidance in all matters of art and sometimes life too. Many artists who are highly visible in Hawaii’s art community as artists, teachers, and members of Hawaii Craftsmen are bound by the common thread of having been Fred’s students. In fact, most of us will always consider him to be one of our most influential mentors and favorite teachers.
Fred was born in 1944 in Palo Alto, California. He received an MA in ceramics from San Jose State University in 1968. He came to Hawaii in 1969 on his honeymoon and decided to stay. In 1970, he earned an MFA in sculpture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he joined the faculty in 1971. He served as professor of art and chair of the sculpture program until his retirement in 2016 after 42 years teaching at UH. He tried to live well in spite of his 21 month battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. He passed away peacefully on December 19 after receiving Hospice care at home. His wife, Lynette shared that Fred felt the love and support from our tight knit community.
Low key and humble, Fred shied away from public recognition and yet there was a magnetic draw to him and the open door of his studio wonderland of art objects and artifacts. Generations of students would line up in search of his insight and encouragement, much of it revealed in the inspiration he took from nature and the nooks and crannies holding his collection. That collection became a centerpiece for his one-man show “It Seemed Like the Future” at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery in 2010. This exhibition of Fred’s work from 1969-2010 was an excellent showcase of his mastery of many media and techniques as well as his philosophical approach to making art.
To hear more about Fred’s philosophy on art and teaching you can watch the video from the HIDOE Artists of Hawaii series produced by David Smith below.
We miss Fred and, like many of his former students, wish we could take one more class.
Liz Train and Jackie Lau
“Eclectic Diversity” Showcases Masterful Artistic Talent and Disciplines.
Unique Invitational Offers An Array Of Collectibles From Each Big Island Artist.
Hilo, Hawaii: This unique art exhibition of island-wide master talent offers an opportunity to showcase the variety of world-class art found here on the Big Island. Many of these artists are featured in the permanent collection purchased by the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and are in private collections throughout the world. The Wailoa Center, now celebrating its 51st year, will host the exhibition in Hilo, January 3 – 25, 2018. Opening Reception is on Friday, January 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the public to meet the artists in person. Light refreshments will be served. Art and Cultural exhibits are free and the facility is open to the public.
“This rare presentation offers several pieces on display from some of the very best talent on the Big Island who specialize in a diverse range of media,” said Michael Cromwell, curator of the “Eclectic Diversity” exhibition. “I invited these artists to join me in displaying their depth of talent. The newly remodeled Wailoa Center is the largest exhibition space on the Big Island and is the perfect venue to showcase more than 10 pieces of art from each individual artist in one location. It’s also a perfect opportunity for art enthusiasts to acquire collectible art from among a variety of media offerings. Art lovers and collectors from the West side of the island are very much encouraged to take the time to make the trip to the Wailoa Center and view this exhibition while it’s available this January.”
- The 11 different artists are Michael Cromwell - North Kohala, Kate & Will Jacobson - Kona, Nora Yamanoha - Holualoa, Ethan Froney - Waimea, Joseph Ruesing, and Fair & Evan Jenkins - Hilo, Phan Barker, Elizabeth Miller, and Ken Goodrich - Volcano, Scott Hare - Mountain View, and John Mydock - Pahoa.
- Disciplines include Fiber, Mixed Media, Blacksmithing, Video Production, Ceramics, Glass, Metal, Wood Carving, Wood Turning, Digital, and Print Making.
LIFT - THE AIR SHOW
DECEMBER 16, 2017 - JANUARY 6, 2018
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL GALLERY
Opening Reception: Friday, December 15, 5:30-8:00 PM
A group of nine Hawaii Craftsmen member artists will present an all media art exhibition titled “lift” exploring the elemental force – Air. The lift exhibition seeks to explore the ways in which we encounter and experience the concept of "air" and its myriad associations. This exhibition presents interpretations and observations to promote dialogue between artists and viewers. Air is the breath we take in on our first day and give up on our last. Gentle breezes, cooling trade winds, dangerous hurricanes--air is the hand that touches all. Colorless and odorless, or gray and foul, air is the chameleon with a multitude of faces. Gliding unseen or scattered through with leaves, air is the invisible fox winding through our cities. Air is thin blue serpent between earth and the black void of space. Participating artists and their retrospective media/technique are as follows:
Adella Buss –ecoprinting, fiber, mixed media
A Brief History of the Exhibits
The group was established in 2003 by ceramist and past president of Hawaii Craftsmen, Jim Winters, for ceramists interested in collaborating with artists working in other media. This first exhibition was entitled “Multiple Personalities” and focused on the artists presenting a portfolio of their current work along with a large collaborative group piece. This show, as well as all subsequent shows were held in the Main Gallery of the Honolulu Museum of Art School and were curated by the current director. The first show included artists working in wood, ceramics, and mixed media.
Upon the close of that show and the death of Winters, a subset of participating artists decided to continue working toward his goals of connecting artists from differing disciplines, exhibiting new work, and providing learning opportunities for the arts community and general public. This new group developed the second exhibition entitled “Illuminate” (the Moon Show). This 2007 curated exhibition included new mediums – jewelry, fiber and metal clay. This exhibit also incorporated new exhibition goals that directly addressed the educational mission of the Honolulu Museum of Art School and their programs.
“Thirst” (the Water show), which was held in 2011, was the group’s third exhibition. That exhibition added printmaking, a guest performance piece and an educational video into the mix. This video project, which was produced by the Video Technology Group under OCISS of the Hawaii State Department of Education, was made available for use by classroom teachers and the general public across the state.
“Dirt”, the fourth exhibition in the series, was shown in September of 2014, continuing a pattern of a group exhibit every three to four years. Through these exhibitions the group continues its efforts to provide unique opportunities and educational experiences for artists and the viewing public.
“Lift”, will be the fifth exhibition in the series and will feature nine artists that have exhibited previously with the group. Like a flock of birds, the ideas and objects presented here alight in unexpected places. Unlike birds, however, the only traces they leave are the ones viewers carry away inside.
IRRESISTIBLE RESIST: THE ART OF INDIAN DYES AND DESIGN
OCTOBER 29, 2017 - FEBRUARY 11, 2018
MAYOR JALABAI KHALIFA WEARING A TIE-DYE SADLA, BHADALI, BHUJ, GUJARAT,2016 PHOTOGRAPHER: GAYLE GOODMAN
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sundays Noon-4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free of charge
Guided gallery tours will be offered Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Between Ocean and Sky: Hana Yoshihata
Hawai'i-island artist Hana Yoshihata is inspired by her experiences on traditional voyaging canoes such as the Hokule‘a. Working on sheets of paper placed flat on the floor or table, Yoshihata applies sea and fresh water, and adds ink and paint, allowing them to flow together and dry freely. She often combines this technique with detailed brushwork of linear patterns and forms, resulting in sensual, layered surfaces that evoke coastal and submerged topography, or the vastness of the night sky.
The Feeling of Movement: Sculptural Woodwork of Derek Bencomo
Maui-based wood artist Derek Bencomo uses the wood’s natural shape and grain lines to create fluid pieces that curve and stretch out in three dimensions. His works appear to be crawling or dancing on spider-or-anemone-like legs or call to mind natural shapes such as shells, leaves or flower buds.
Petrichor Fall: Dana Brewer
Dana Brewer draws inspiration from the natural world and from the power of heat and gravity used in the creation of her glass forms. Her installation designed for the First Hawaiian Center gallery features multiple blown glass leaves and is reminiscent of the shape and movement of a waterfall.
Into the Woods: Hiroko Sakurai
Artist and paper conservator Hiroko Sakurai exhibits images of trees on multi-panel screens, scrolls, and mixed-media paintings on wood. Her works express a stillness and tranquility in their simplified forms and employ meticulous handwork, often borrowed from traditional art and craft techniques, which she practices repeatedly and patiently, as though the process were a kind of meditation.
BODY OF WORKJUNE 29, 2017 - APRIL 29, 2018
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.
MELTING POINT : MOVEMENTS IN CONTEMPORARY CLAYJANUARY 28 – MAY 6, 2018
CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM
5814 WILSHIRE BLVD. LOS ANGELES CA 90036
CAFAM‘s first clay biennial focuses on artistic practices that are currently expanding the conceptual, aesthetic, and sociopolitical potential of the ceramic object. Melting Point presents works from both emerging and established artists that push traditional processes of working with clay and question pre-conceived definitions of the ceramic object. These artists choose to work with clay for its technical, conceptual, and metaphoric possibilities and capitalize on clay’s versatility along with the countless glazes and firing techniques available—often viewing the clay, glaze, or kiln as a collaborator in their process. Works in the exhibition include sculptural objects, site-specific installations, and performative works. Curated by Holly Jerger, CAFAM exhibitions curator, and Andres Payan, CAFAM curator of public engagement.
Exhibition artists: Brian Benfer, Susannah Biondo-Gemmell, Ling Chun, Armando Cortes, Patsy Cox, Julia Haft-Candell, Stanton Hunter, Kahlil Robert Irving, Trevor King, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Linda Lopez, Walter McConnell, Ben Medansky, Jonathan Mess, Kristen Morgin, Wayne Perry, Jami Porter Lara, Brian Rochefort, Anthony Sonnenberg, Emily Sudd, Cheryl Ann Thomas, and Matt Wedel.
This exhibition is funded in part by The Boardman Family Foundation; the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, with in-kind support from Laguna Clay Company.
See the press release here.
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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.
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To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.
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