April 2019


Letter from the President

Aloha Hawai’i Craftsmen Members,


April is upon us!


Much mahalo to those of you who helped participate in the Downtown Art Gallery at Sandy Pohl’s developing Downtown Art Center. Those of you who had a chance to come down and participate got a chance to see this new developing retail/exhibition/workshop space, one of a couple of spaces that are being developed in the Chinatown Gateway Plaza.


April is shaping up to be a busy one with Beth Cavener arriving on the 11th. There’s still time to sign up to participate in her interactive demo and I am personally very excited to get to see her process. I am also looking forward to seeing you all at the workshops too. If you see me don’t hesitate to introduce yourself.


We are excited to introduce a new program called Hawai’i Craftsmen Connect. The program’s focus is connecting our members with sales opportunities in the community and seeks to address the needs of our members to create an economic model out of their passions and the desire of the community to collet works created by local artists. We have begun a trial process with the HiSAM gift store and Mori at the South Shore Market and more recently with the pop up at the Downtown Art Gallery. We’ll keep you posted as we begin to flesh out this program.


Aloha


Mark Mitsuda

President, Hawai'i Craftsmen


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‘Aha Hana Lima 2019




THE RETURN OF BETH CAVENER

A THREE DAY INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATION ... FEATURING HER LARGER THAN LIFE FIGURES

Four years ago many of you were treated to an Aha Hana Lima workshop featuring Beth Cavener. Hawai’i Craftsmen is excited to announce the return of Beth Cavener. In a slight departure from our usual Aha Hana Lima format, Beth will treat Hawai’i artists, collectors, and fans to her wildly popular 3-day interactive demonstration of the process and methodology she uses to create her larger than life ceramic sculptures. Using 600 lbs of clay and 25 feet of half inch pipe Beth will, working with the audience, construct one of her larger than life figures. Beth will also go over in detail from start to finish how she created some of her actual past works, including a 6 foot tall double figure piece constructed over the course of five months. Audience members will have the opportunity to try out some of her techniques as she guides members through a hands on exercise in her methods for sculpting an eye.

Beth’s sculptures focus on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal and human forms. On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.



WORKSHOPS ON OAHU, THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI IN APRIL

THE OAHU WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT

HAWAI‘I ISLAND REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY APRIL 12TH 2019

MAUI REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FRIDAY APRIL 19TH 2019

CONTACT US FOR LATE REGISTRATION AT INFO@HAWAIICRAFTSMEN.ORG

PROSPECTUS

OAHU PUBLIC PRESENTATION & RECEPTION

APRIL 11TH, THURSDAY, 2019 
6PM-8PM

University of Hawaii Manoa
Art Building
2435 McCarthy Mall
Room: 132
Hours 6pm-8pm
Free

OAHU WORKSHOP

University of Hawaii Manoa
Art Building
2535 McCarthy Mall
Ceramics Department
Honolulu, HI 96822

April 12 evening (5pm-9pm), Friday
April 13 (9am-5pm), Saturday
April 14 (9am-5pm), Sunday
April 15 evening (5pm-9pm), Monday

Class Size 30
Registration Fee

HAWAI’I ISLAND PUBLIC PRESENTATION & RECEPTION

APRIL 19TH, FRIDAY, 2019 
6-8PM

Volcano Arts Center
19-4074 Old Volcano Rd
Volcano, HI 96785
April 19, Friday
Hours 6pm-8pm
Free

HAWAI’I ISLAND WORKSHOP

Volcano Arts Center
19-4074 Old Volcano Rd
Volcano, HI 96785

April 19, 20, 21, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Hours 9am-5pm

Class Size 30
Registration Fee


MAUI PUBLIC PRESENTATION & RECEPTION

APRIL  25TH, 2019 THURSDAY
6-8PM

University of Hawaii Maui College
Heona Art Building
310 W Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI 96732
April 25, Thursday
Hours 6pm-8pm
Free

MAUI WORKSHOP

University of Hawaii Maui College
Heona Art Building
310 W Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI 96732

April 26, 27, 28, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Hours 9am-5pm

Class Size 30
Facilities Use Fee


Annual Statewide Exhibition 2019

We are EXTREMELY EXCITED to announce that our curator and juror for the 2019 Hawai’i Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition will be Emily Zaiden, director and curator of the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles. 

The Craft in America Center is an exhibition and learning space that gives voice to traditional and contemporary craft through artist talks, workshops, exhibits and concerts. 

http://www.craftinamerica.org/center

Craft in America is well known for their Peabody Award-winning series on PBS. This series explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade, and features the artists, origins and techniques of American craft. 

http://www.craftinamerica.org/series


JUROR BIOGRAPHY

Emily Zaiden is Director and curator of the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles, where she has curated more than forty exhibitions focused on contemporary craft and design for the Center and outside venues. Zaiden has published various exhibition catalogues and contributed articles and reviews to publications including; Archives of American Art Journal, Metalsmith, and Antiques and Fine Art. She has lectured on contemporary craft and American and international decorative arts topics at museums and venues across the country including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum and Fuller Museum. After completing an M.A. at the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and a B.A. from UC Berkeley in American Studies and Italian, Zaiden served as Research Associate to the Decorative Arts department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Prior to becoming Craft in America Center Director in 2010, she was a research editor for Architectural Digest and she consulted for private collections and institutions focusing on American and European decorative arts, material culture, architecture and design. 



JUROR STATEMENT

It will be a pure delight to serve as juror for the 2019 Hawai’i Craftsmen Statewide Exhibition. Thank you for this opportunity to delve into the work of your creative community. Having the all-too-rare chance to jury in person makes this particularly special, as craft can hardly be captured through images alone. As neighbors in the West, since I am a curator based in Los Angeles, I am thrilled to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods. I hope to explore what currently defines craft in your state, especially in terms of technique, skill, design, tradition and expression. At Craft in America, we explore the ever-shifting nature of the handmade across the U.S. and the artists like yourselves who are dedicated to mastery and innovation through materials and processes. How an object can convey cultural identity at any given time is my personal passion, stemming from my roots in American decorative arts history and material culture. I look forward to delving into the qualities that characterize craft on each of your individual islands and the ways that craft embodies the spirit of your community and place in this day and age.


THE VISIBLE HAND: HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN STATEWIDE EXHIBITION
AUGUST 30, 2019 – OCTOBER 4, 2019
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL, MAIN GALLERY

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY, JULY 15, AND CLOSES SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 

Visit the prospectus for more information: 

PROSPECTUS

2019 Raku Ho‘olaule‘a Program

Hawaii Craftsmen is pleased to announce the 2019 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa program which was founded in 1977.  Scheduled activities include:

  • Raku Hoʻolauleʻa, a three-day community workshop, firing and campout to be held at Camp Mokule'ia on Oahu's beautiful North Shore, from noon Thursday, September 19 through noon Sunday, September 22.  Art works fired over the weekend will be juried in traditional and contemporary raku categories and awards will be presented in both categories.
  • Raku Hoʻolauleʻa exhibition of selected juried art works, at Gallery Iolani at Windward Community College, from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, December 5.

Additional activities open to the public will include a tea bowl making workshop, and a demonstration of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  

More details on all Raku Hoʻolauleʻa activities will be posted in the May Hawai`i Craftsmen newsletter.

Please note: Hawai`i 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 Hawai`i Craftsmen members and the community.  The next meeting is scheduled at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10 at Kenjo, Inc. (524 Kalihi Street, corner Colburn Street).


Downtown Art Gallery







Participants

Exhibiting members:

Lori Uyehara, Jonna Otto, Kim Markham, Don Matsumura, Bunky Bakutus, Lynda Hess

Thanks for helping us get set up:

Ester Shimazu, Boris Huang, Jackie Mild Lau

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 info@hawaiicraftsmen.org for inclusion in the next newsletter.

“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.” 

Exhibitions



COSMIC CHARACTERS: WOOD PUPPETS OF ASIA

JANUARY 20 - MAY 5, 2019
EAST-WEST CENTER GALLERY, HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I
FREE ADMISSION, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


Puppet theatre presents the entire cosmos through character, color, story, sound, and movement. Distinct traditions are found throughout the Asia Pacific region, many of which have been influenced by shamanism, animism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Local folklore is also incorporated and puppet performances are closely related to human dance-drama and mask dances. In many Asia Pacific cultures, puppeteers are associated with unseen, mystical, and divine powers as they animate a whole world created in miniature. This exhibition focuses on the three-dimensional wood puppets that demonstrate the following techniques: string puppets (marionettes), rod (stick) puppets, and glove (hand) puppets.

Through these performance forms stories come to life including the Hindu epics of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, Buddhist Jataka stories, and the chronicles and well-known Monkey King novel found in Chinese theatre traditions, as well as local folk stories. Indonesian puppetry also tells the arrival of Islam to Indonesia through the story of Amir Hamzah. Many of these puppet traditions are historically related to the royal courts, while other performances are derived from village performances. Even with roots in the royal courts, puppet performance is intended for the common people, instilling, re-informing, and enriching their lives with locally-based cultural values and beliefs. Puppet performance in Asia is appreciated and enjoyed by diverse audiences — from children to elders — with entertaining elements ranging from slapstick humor to deep, rich life philosophies and religious teachings.

More than 10 unique traditions from India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan are displayed. To honor our host culture, Hawaiian puppets are featured as well. These performance traditions are a place of intersection — a bridge between the past, present, and future — where the divine and human worlds meet and ancient stories are made relevant for the contemporary experience.



*****
Guided exhibition tours are offered Sundays at 3:00 p.m.



Special Events:
In the EWC Gallery with free admission, open seating, no reservations



Sunday,March 31, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
Illustrated Talk: “Puppetry in Iran” by photographer, director, and actor Maseeh Ganjali



Sunday, April 7, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
Illustrated Talk: “Holding Infinity in the Palm, Wayang Potehi: Chinese Glove Puppet Theatre in Indonesia” by Yuan-Hsin Tung, PhD student in Ethnomusicology, UH Mānoa, EWC student



Sunday, April 28, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
Illustrated Talk: “From Stage Adaptation to Educational Outreach: Balinese Shadow Theatre Performance in Hawai‘i” by Dr. Kirstin Pauka, Professor of Theatre, UH Mānoa; Nezia Azmi, Affiliate Consultant, CWEAS; and Dr. Annie Reynolds, EWC Arts Program Assistant



Saturday, May 4, 2:00–3:30 p.m. 
Puppet Making Workshop (inspired by Bunraku Japanese doll puppets) with Dmitri Carter, Director, Northwest Puppet Center. *Registration required, inquire for details at arts@eastwestcenter.org



Sunday, May 5, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 
Illustrated Talk: “An Introduction to Festival Karakuri in Japan” by Dmitri Carter



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East-West Center Gallery
John A. Burns Hall
1601 East-West Road (corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)
Gallery admission is free

Open Weekdays 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon–4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Jan. 21, Feb. 18, & Apr. 21

Visitor parking is available on the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa campus for a fee during the week, and is normally free and ample on Sundays. Parking info: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/parking.html

Free school and group tours available. Contact: arts@eastwestcenter.org

For more information:
http://arts.EastWestCenter.org/
arts@EastWestCenter.org
Facebook and Instagram: @EWC.arts 
808-944-7177

http://arts.EastWestCenter.org



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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.  

Volunteers Needed

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. 


VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE 

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. 


FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE 

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.

Board of Directors Nominations

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 president@hawaiicraftsmen.org 

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