Message from the President
Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen Members,
The board has been busy preparing for Chinatown’s 3rd Annual Walk on the Wildside. Working in close conjunction with the Raku Ho’olaulea team, Terry Savage has been working on bringing the community kiln to Chinatown this March.
Hawaii Craftsmen has been running without a treasurer for some time. The board has been monitoring Hawaii Craftsmen’s financial health but without experienced help, deciphering the fluctuating financials of the organization has been challenging to say the least. After some close scrutiny and some deep digging into our financials, we have developed a “lens” to view our finances and have come to the conclusion that Hawaii Craftsmen is struggling financially. At our current rate of spending we can remain in operation until September.
To be clear our main programs, The Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, Fiber Hawaii, Aha Hana Lima, and Raku Ho’olaulea are sound. They mostly break even and are supported by grants from the state and local institutions. These programs are well supported by volunteers and are well received by the public.
Hawaii Craftsmen struggles to support it’s overhead and administrative expenses. Even though we run mostly on volunteers we have a part time office manager and a contracted bookkeeper. Other overhead expenses include a small shared office space, storage space, insurance and software application fees. The board has recently approved cuts to an already lean budget to lower our operational expenses. Additionally the board has created a revenue generation strategy to fund our yearly expenses.
The board is excited to explore solutions to solve our current financial problems on a more permanent and long-term basis. We are open to any of your suggestions, and as a reminder, the board meetings are open to the members to voice your concerns and suggestions. You can do this by attending meeting, joining the board, via email or regular mail. We look forward to working with all of our members to solve our financial problems.
Here is a more detailed breakdown on how we intend to cover approximately $30,000 of administration and overhead this year.
30% members dues
35% fund raising
Members Dues 30%, $9,000
Raising members dues is not a reasonable way to fund all of our operational expenses. The 30% is what members dues currently covers in our operational and is not something that we plan on changing. You can make a difference here by choosing a higher members rate and will have an impact on the financial health of Hawaii Craftsmen.
Programs 25% or $7,500
All of our programs now include an administration fee. This new line item expense reflects more accurately the full cost to run each program. Administrative activities such as office staff, website and internet, publicity activities, insurance, bookkeeping, and telephone are some of the expenses that are not directly related to each program-yet each program could not run without them.
Donations or Annual Giving10%, $3,000
Hawaii Craftsmen receives donations during the course of the year however the organization now needs to be more aggressive about asking for help. This is also a place where you can make a difference by donating to Hawaii Craftsmen and encouraging others to do so also. The donation is tax deductible and ANY donation, large or small (even $5) helps. If all of our members donated just $15 Hawaii Craftsmen would meet it’s goal to supply 10% of our operating capital through donations.
Fundraising Events and Activities 35%, $10,500
Hawaii Craftsmen has been effective at fundraising though Formable Feast. To meet this goal of 35% of our operational Hawaii Craftsmen is going to need a larger variety of events to raise money to support our operational costs. This year we a planning on launching an online auction event that we hope to have as either a yearly event or a biennial event. Additionally events like the The Community Kiln at Walk On the Wildside are fundraising opportunities for the organization via sale of our collection of tea bowls and artist sales. You can make a difference here by volunteering your time to help run the event, donating artwork, donating a service for auction, or by participating in the live auction as a bidder and purchaser.
The board is looking forward to working with all members on solving the financial struggles that Hawaii Craftsmen as an organization faces moving into the future. The board is not Hawaii Craftsmen. Hawaii Craftsmen is you the members and it has always been the members that have made this organization strong. The board looks forward to working with all of you in returning Hawaii Craftsmen back to strong fiscal health.
2018 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa “Community Kiln” Ceramics Firing
Saturday, March 10 during the Walk on the Wild Side Arts, Culture and Health Fair
The public is invited to get “hands on” and personally experience raku, a ceramic tradition that originated in 16th century Japan. Individuals may purchase and glaze their own tea bowls, watch as Hawai`i Craftsmen volunteers fire the tea bowls, and take their bowls home after they have cooled and been cleaned. The event will be held on Saturday, March 10, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Pauahi Street (near Nuuanu Avenue) in Chinatown.
“Community Kiln” is the first activity in the 2018 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa program which was founded in 1977. Other activities include a tea bowl making workshop, Japanese tea ceremony demonstration, Raku Hoʻolauleʻa “main event” ceramics firing and campout on Oahu’s North Shore, and an juried exhibit of art works created at the main event.
More details on all Raku Hoʻolauleʻa activities will be posted in the March Hawaii Craftsmen newsletter.
Also, please note that Hawaii Craftsmen members are welcome to attend meetings of the Raku Hoʻolauleʻa committee that coordinates the program. Volunteer input and engagement is essential to producing quality program activities that serve Hawaii Craftsmen members and the community. The next meeting is scheduled at 6:00 pm on Thursday, February 15 at Kenjo, Inc. (524 Kalihi Street, corner Colburn Street).
Workshops, Events & Opportunities
Entry Fee (360 Xochi Quetzal: Free Winter 2018 Fiber Residency Program in Central Mexico): $39.00
The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer's Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico. Chapala is located 25 minutes from Guadalajara International Airport and 45 minutes from Guadalajara, one of the largest cities in Mexico boasting abundant cultural resources: museums, galleries, theatre and artist supplies. Xochi Quetzal is the Aztec goddess of creativity and fertility and protector of artisans. She is sure to inspire you during your stay!
MISSION: Our aim is to support artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from having uninterrupted time to devote to their creativity. By providing free housing and five gourmet meals a week, we hope that our residents can make artistic progress without the stress and distractions of daily life.
2018 FIBER RESIDENCY: This year we will focus on fiber related applications. For visual artists, this may include all fiber related media: fiberart, fiber installations, basketry, embroidery, quilting, textile design and printing, knitting, mixed media, paper-making, book arts, crochet, felting, beading, rug hooking, wearables, jewelry, weaving, tapestry, dyeing, fiber sculpture, and vessels. We welcome applications from writers working on fiber-related themes: articles, books, research, profiles, art criticism, etc. Musicians and composers whose focus is stringed instruments are also welcome to apply. Be creative with your application proposals!
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ART AFFAIR 2018: HOKUSAI : CATCH THE GREAT WAVE OF CREATIVITY & GIVING !
Art Affair 2018: Hokusai
Catch the great wave of creativity & giving!
Saturday, February 24, 2018 / 5:00 - 10:00pm
Art Affair is Hui No’eau’s premier art auction and social event benefiting community visual arts education! Held at the historic Kaluanui estate, the evening event features a live and silent auction, live music, dancing, a gourmet seated dinner by Chef Bev Gannon and Celebrations Catering, signature drinks, and an opportunity to gather and celebrate a wonderful community of visual arts supporters! This year’s event will take inspiration from the Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika and his most iconic work, the Great Wave Off Kanagawa. We encourage guests to embrace and celebrate in the spirit of the theme by dressing the part - taking ideas from the diverse fashion of Japanese culture or the country’s picturesque landscapes captured in so much of Hokusai's work.
Tickets available online NOW at huinoeau.com/art-events or by calling 572-6560!
CALL FOR ARTISTS: WIDE OPEN 9
Announcing our 9th annual national juried art show at BWAC, Wide Open 9. Juror: Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum. $3000 in cash prizes, including $1000 Best in Show. Exhibit runs May 12 - June 17, 2018. This juried show looks to explore this idea of “wide open” in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche. Entry fee. Details: http://bit.ly/2m1V2Ui OR email@example.com
“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.”
ART NEWS FROM MOLOKAI: AN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
The Molokai Arts Center's most recent Artist in Residence, Ava Fedorov, was on Molokai from January 7 – 20. Fedorov is an Oahu based artist and a professor of visual arts at Hawaii Pacific University, as well as an ongoing artist in residence at the Honolulu Museum of art. Her stay here on Molokai gave her space and time to create work, as well as give the Molokai community an opportunity to interact with and receive art instruction from an established, practicing artist creating in a contemporary style. She has this to say about her work:
“As an avid explorer of the world, I use art to shine a light on the issues that most concern me—namely, environmental devastation and extinction—both as a global phenomenon and as a hyper local one (regardless of location). My work often has a darker edge, but the subject is a very serious one and I do not shy away from exposing the solemnity of these matters. Though traditionally a 2D artist (drawing, painting, printmaking), I am currently creating 360 degree exhibition experiences, incorporating sculpture, photography, and interactive art, to achieve the deepest impact possible.”
Ava offered three public events during her residency: The first event was teaching at MAC's Art Bar. The second event was a mixed media drawing workshop and the final event was a public presentation and 'talk story' about her work at the Molokai Public Library.
Ava has participated in numerous exhibitions across the country, including Honolulu and in New York City.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR FRANCIS PICKENS
Friends and family gathered January 19,2018 to celebrate the life and share memories of Frances Pickens. Frances Pickens, one of the founders of Hawaii Craftsmen and an award winning jeweler, passed away November 4, 2017 .
KAUAI QUILT SHOW
DONKEY MILL 15th ANNUAL FACULTY EXHIBIT
Business Hours: Weds – Sat, 10:00 am – 6:30 pm (Call to confirm)
Pupus and no-host bar provided
This exhibition offers students and visitors an exclusive opportunity to view the new work by some of the region's most dynamic artists and educators representing the full spectrum of areas in studio art and design including traditional drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and metal work. See how this talented group of artists and instructors confront traditional notions of art, push boundaries and expectations, and discover new ideas with humor and passion.
PUBLIC DOMAIN : LAND ART
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.
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.
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 October 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. LOOKING FOR ANYTHING FROM THE EARLY YEARS - 1967 - 1990 !
Check out our Archive HERE
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 Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. 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 email@example.com
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