Message from the President
Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen Members,
I am looking forward to a little time off from my busy teaching schedule this June and am going to use some of this time to catch up on some neglected art making as well as Hawaii Craftsmen business that is difficult because of my normal academic year schedule.
Event wise June not much is happening in June, but this is our time to set up all of things that need to happen for the Raku, the upcoming Fiber Hawaii show and the Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition.
On behalf of the board I’d like to announce some of the news regarding fundraising and where Hawaii Craftsmen stands in terms of making sure that we can continue to provide great programs and services to our members. For inFormable Feast we sold about $5,750 in art work and after paying artists netted $3,650. This new revenue revenue stream combined with membership dues, program fees and some much needed donations have generated the revenue for Hawaii Craftsmen to operate for the next nine months.
As of May 25th we have generated a little less than 27% of the necessary yearly income to run HC. This number six months into the fiscal year seems a bit low, but according to our numbers we are pretty much right on track as far as membership, donations, and programs towards or goal of raising the $30,000 needed to keep us running. Member’s dues pick up around the programs when members tend to renew their memberships and when we pick up new members, our two largest programs being the Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition and Raku. I am looking forward to diversifying Hawaii Craftsmen’s revenue streams in order to make us more financially stable in the long term. Have a great June.
President, Hawaii Craftsmen
Fiber Hawaii 2018
AUGUST 25TH - SEPTEMBER 9TH
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL
Fiber Hawai'i is offered every other year. This exhibition encourages participation from artists in all media who wish to explore fiber related work. In this case fiber as a media as well as fiber as an idea is encouraged. The juror also presents a slide lecture about their work or developments in the field, which is free and open to the public. When appropriate, a workshop is also offered.
HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN INVITES ARTIST SUBMISSIONS TO FIBER HAWAII 2018
EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS, MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT COMPLETED ARTWORKS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION IN THE EXHIBITION
Raku Ho'olaule'a 2018
SEPTEMBER 21ST - SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018
51st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition
OCTOBER 25th - NOVEMBER 11th, 2018
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL
The Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition of traditional and contemporary crafts brings a juror of national or international reputation to the state to jury entries on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hilo, and Kona. The juror also presents a slide lecture at each site on his/her view and interpretations of either his work or the contemporary craft scene. Exhibiting artists and members of Hawai'i Craftsmen act as docents during the exhibit, which lasts for 3 weeks.
HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN INVITES ARTIST SUBMISSIONS TO THE 51st ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION 2018
EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS, MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT UP TO SIX COMPLETED ARTWORKS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSIONS IN THE 51st ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION
CaFE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 1st, AND CLOSE ON OCTOBER 1st, 2018
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A THING TO RING - BELL AND CHIME WORKSHOP
METAL CASTING WITH JACKIE MILD LAU
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 7th -8th, 14th - 15th 10 am - 5 pm
Over the course of two weekends participants will have the opportunity to;
- Embellish your own pattern from a selection of wax shapes
- Learn how to prepare your pattern for casting
- Experience the beginning of the investment process
- Watch and participate in a bronze pour
- Chase and finish your casting with a patina
All materials are provided. Your own low wattage soldering iron is helpful if you already have.
Cost: $275 + $45 supply fee
Contact: jmlau585@gmail to register
VOLCANO ART CENTER UPDATE
Aloha VAC ‘Ohana, Due to the uncertainty of Kīlauea’s next eruption and current conditions with ash and vog, the Volcano Art Center Board of Directors are postponing the VAC Annual Membership Meeting planned for Monday, May 21 at 5:00 pm to a date in June to be determined.
Although Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is closed, and consequently our Gallery, we have relocated many of our gallery items to our Ni‘aulani Campus Administration Office Great Room. Hours and staffing are variable at this time. With your participation, we hope to continue offering workshops and classes at Ni‘aulani as scheduled. Don't forget about our ONLINE GALLERY, open 24/7 for your shopping convenience!
We always encourage you to visit our website for up-to-date news. We'll continue to send email updates as well.
In the meantime, we are offering three upcoming online auctions. Watch your inbox for announcements to purchase original artwork by Dietrich Varez, John Dawson, local island jewelers, and more! These online auctions will allow VAC to continue our mission of promoting and perpetuating our artists and their works.
At this time we could certainly use your donations. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
On behalf of the VAC Board of Directors, mahalo for supporting Volcano Art Center!
Mike Nelson, Executive Director
“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.”
JUNE 9TH - END OF JULY
2829 ALA KALANIKAUMAKA
Galerie 103 is pleased to present Hawai‘i Island cultural practitioner, sculptor and installation artist Bernice Akamine. Akamine's recurring themes include environmental and cultural issues.
Her first solo exhibition on Kauaì will include two bodies of work, Kalo, a mixed-media installation representing 87 individual kalo plants sculpted from the pages of Kè: The Hui Aloha Aina Anti-Annexation Petitions 1897–1898 (Petitions). Long-time conceptualized by the artist Papahanaumoku, Earth Mother was materialized in response to the emergency alert of April 13, 2017, mixed media, including Papahonua, bullet casing, glass, àlaea and lepo; Kaua`ì, Oàhu, and Hawai`ì.
Akamine is one of four native Hawaiian artists selected for the II Honolulu Biennial in 2019. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Selected awards include a 2015 Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation; a 2012 Community Scholar Award from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History; and a 1999 Visiting Artist Award at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.
Please join us for an opening reception on June 9, 6–8 pm, with an informal artists talk at 7 pm. Exhibit will run through end of July.
JULY 13 – AUGUST 4, 2018
VOLCANO ART CENTER NI‘AULANI CAMPUS
19-4074 OLD VOLCANO RD, VOLCANO, HI 96785
Volcano Art Center invites all quilters from the island of Hawai‘i to participate in the second bi-annual quilt show Quilts in the Forest- Where the Path May Lead. This quilt exhibit will be on display from July 13, 2018 through August 4, 2018 at Volcano Art Center’s Hale Ho‘omana at the Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
MĀNOA GALLERY SHOWCASES NEW WORKS BY HAWAII ARTISTS AND SUMMER INVENTORY SALE
JUNE 1- JUNE 21, 2018
2964 EAST MANOA ROAD, Ste. 1
HONOLULU, HI 96822
Mānoa Gallery is currently showcasing new works by artists of Hawaii. For the first time at Mānoa Gallery, Babs Young Miyano presents her evocative ocean inspired jewelry alongside the work of fellow jewelers, Cora Yee and Daniel Murta. While the glass vessels of Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross reveal impressionistic views of Hawaii Island’s dramatic landscapes, Dana Brewer’s glass art evokes botanical forms. Paintings by Fabienne Blanc, Dennis Morton, Gregory Pai, Russell Lowrey, Snowden Hodges, and James Goodman capture the serenity of Hawaii’s island settings while abstract compositions by Debbie Young and Lauren Okano conjure up the meditational allure of Hawaii’s color and textures. Two ceramic figures by Johannette Rowley reawaken childhood curiosity and playfulness while Barbara Thompson’s new ceramic vessel from the Pupukea Blues Series captures the essence of North Shore swells. National Geographic photographer, Richard A Cooke III, presents new prints featuring spectacular views of Molokai. To celebrate the beginning of the summer season, Mānoa Gallery is offering a number of inventoried works by its gallery artists at discounted rates ranging from 15-50%.
Open since 2015, Mānoa Gallery specializes in contemporary fine arts by Hawaiʻi artists, with paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and glassworks that focus on the unique setting and surroundings of the island state. Mānoa Gallery is located at 2964 E. Mānoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822 and is open to the public Tuesdays-Fridays from 3-8 pm and Saturdays from 10 am-5 pm.
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Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross Courtesy of Mānoa Gallery and the artist.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT
Woman’s Kimono (left)
Japan, Second Quarter 20th Century
Silk, crepe weave, stencil-printed warp and hand-tie-dyed weft kasuri (ikat)
Purchase, 1998 (8922.1)
Woman’s Kimono (right)
Japan, Second Quarter 20th Century
Silk, plain weave, stencil-printed warp and hand-tie-dyed weft kasuri (ikat)
Purchase, 1999 (9070.1)
This exhibition is part of the museum's observance of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese—gannemono (first-year-folks)—in Hawai‘i.
As an island nation surrounded by the sea, Japan reveres water. Japanese textiles featuring water motifs—such as ponds, rivers, whirlpools, waterfalls and waves—are popular and prevalent. In Japanese culture, this primary force of nature represents the passage of time as an endless flow—one that is fluid, flexible and resilient as well as sacred and pure. Interpretations vary from naturalistic renderings to stylized abstractions, marking a single moment in this eternal rhythm, as a reminder that all things are in a state of flux.
In this exhibition of luxurious kimono, garments and textile fragments, you can see that water is more than a graphic element—many motifs are named, linking them to cultural values charged with hidden meanings. Woven, dyed and embroidered renderings include large powerful crested waves, kata-onami,which denote vitality; koi swimming upstream, which are associated with strength and perseverance; and swirls of water, or Kanze mizu, named after the Kanze family of Noh actors, which are a conventional treatment of flowing water. Concentric circles form arches that resemble overlapping waves known as seigaiha, or “blue sea wave,” signifying auspicious surges of good luck, are preserved on an 18th-century fragment and echoed in a 20th-century kimono. Originally found on ancient Chinese maps as a marking for the ocean, this emblem can be construed as a device to promote peace, analogous to one provided by a calm sea.
Landscapes inform a sense of place as maple leaves gently floating downstream, turning the water red, bring to mind the Tatsuta River. Alluding to fall’s melancholy seasonal change, this references a poem by the legendary poet Ariwara no Narihira (825-880). Dragonflies start their life in water and are abundant in summer and autumn, so paired water and dragonfly motifs are commonly found on women’s summer kimono, three of which will be on view. Because dragonflies can only fly forward, they also signify agility and authority and the name, tombo, meaning “victory insect,” was linked to samurai strength and bravery.
KAHILU THEATRE FOUNDATION
67-1186 LINDESY RD.
We are pleased to announce that Andi Campognone will be our Exhibition Juror. Andi is the Museum Manager/Curator at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), in Lancaster, California.
In a world that seems increasingly polarized, we often find ourselves at metaphorical intersections where a range of forces—cultural, political,economic, emotional—converge. Achieving individual or collective balance when these forces meet and mix may first require disturbances or expressions of resistance. Artists often take a significant role in public discourse when their work is driven by these intersections.
In this exhibition, we invite artists to examine the idea of an intersection as not simply where two or more lines meet—a site that you approach, choose a direction, and then continue on—but as a starting place to consider the imbalance of the status quo.
SELF ASSEMBLY: CERAMICS BY CHRISTOPHER EDWARDS
MARCH 22 – JUNE 15, 2018
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
FIRST HAWAIIAN CENTER
999 BISHOP STREET
Christopher Edwards’ ceramic works are inspired by the underlying algorithmic logic of biology and mathematics. The exhibition title refers to the process of self-assembly in nature, by which small, individual components spontaneously assemble themselves into a larger organized system. Visual references in his works include Islamic art and architecture, telescopes on Mauna Kea, Polynesian tattoo motifs, star charts, and wave maps.
#94, Cnidaria, 9" x 50" x 16”, 2017 Raku-fired ceramic
INTIMATE ORBITS: C. B. FORSYTHE AND JUVANA SOLIVEN
MARCH 22 – JUNE 15, 2018
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
FIRST HAWAIIAN CENTER
999 BISHOP STREET
Using materials such as fabric, buttons, beeswax, leather, and fur, artists C.B. Forsythe and Juvana Soliven make carefully constructed mixed-media works that evoke family and the home. The work of both artists speak to the complexities of human connectivity, emotional intimacy, yearning, and nostalgia.
WĀ MA MUA / WĀ MA HOPE: NAVIGATING THE FUTURE WITH THE PAST
Exhibition Tour with Guest Curator Mina Elison on June 9 from 1:00pm - 1:30pm (Free and open to the public)
Guest Curator: Mina Elison under the guidance of Gary Eoff, DMAC Cultural Advisor Kumu Keala Ching, and DMAC Artistic Advisor Hiroki Morinoue.
Featured items provided and crafted by Gary Eoff, Cliff Johns, Ed Kaneko, and David Reisland.
“By rediscovering the traditional practices and skills of our ancestors, we protect the land and ocean resources for our future.” Gary Eoff
In the Hawaiian language, “ka wā ma mua” describes “the time which has gone before” or “the past.” Presented within the context of traditional Hawaiian values in the form of five proverbs, this thoughtful exhibition demonstrates the sustainable practices and beliefs of kūpuna and challenges the viewer’s perception of what the future can be.
Several installations make up this exhibition, which includes a curated collection of contemporary art produced with traditional techniques of kūpuna (ancestors) i ka wā ma mua (of the past). Handcrafted items, each with a distinct sustainable function and use, are presented alongside their contemporary counterparts. The viewer is invited to then see the “future” through the lens of traditional objects and practices.
The final installation featuring the story of the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hōkūleʻa and the Mālama Hōnua Worldwide Voyage inspires exhibit visitors to appreciate how we are all connected and challenges us to be more conscious of the effects of our actions on ourselves, others and the earth.
APRIL 27th - FRIDAY JUNE 15th 2018
2841 BALDWIN AVE
MAKAWAO, HI 96768
This dynamic exhibition showcases Hawai‘i artists working in glass, metal, and wood, challenging artists to explore these versatile media in all of their creative forms.
Hui No‘eau is thrilled to welcome Rick Mills, Professor & Glass Area Chair at the University of Hawai‘i, as our juror!
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
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Request for Hawaii Craftsmen Historical Documents
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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.
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