Message from the President
Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen Members,
April is going to be a busy month here at Hawaii Craftsmen. I encourage all members to participate in the online auction “inFORMable Feast” either as a donating artist or as a buyer looking for something from one of your favorite Hawaii artists. Artists have the opportunity to donate a percentage of the purchased price for their work or the full 100%. This is a new fundraising initiative that we are trying out in order to raise much-needed operational cash for the organization. Mark your calendars: the auction will open on April 15 and close on April 22. You can find more information on this event here:
Also, this month is the first in our Aha Hana Lima 2018 series of workshops. Please welcome Master Japanese Furniture maker Tak Yoshino to Hawaii for Aha Hana Lima 2018. Tak specializes in the creation of ergonomic chairs designed for the individual sitter inspired by “zazen,” the Zen Buddhist sitting technique used to to raise the “ki” energy. Tak specializes in the use of the “kanna” or the Japanese hand plane that he uses to carve the concave and convex curves in his chairs. For more information on the workshops and to register please visit the Hawaii Craftsmen website.
On behalf of the board I would like to thank all those involved with the Community Kiln at “Walk on the Wild Side” in Chinatown on Saturday, March 10. We raised almost $900 for the Raku Ho’olaule'a program, fired 59 tea bowls, and sold 110 pieces. I would like to thank the entire Raku gang, Hawaii Potter’s Guild and all the coordinators and volunteers who have made the Community Kiln so successful. I would like to thank Sandy Pohl for organizing “Walk on the Wild Side” and making the space available for us. I would also like to thank Madre Chocolate for graciously providing much needed water, electricity and internet for the event. Mahalo to everyone for making this event such a success. See photos below for highlights of the day.
2018 RAKU HO'OLAULE'A 'COMMUNITY KILN' IN CHINATOWN
PUBLIC PRESENTATION OAHU
THURSDAY APRIL 5th 5:30pm -7:30pm
PUBLIC PRESENTATION BIG ISLAND
THURSDAY APRIL 12th 5:30-7:30
DONKEY MILL ART CENTER
Time for slippers and popcorn! Announcing a fundraising event you can support without going anywhere! No buying tickets, no fancy outfits, no traffic, no parking hassles, no rubber chicken dinners, no too tight fancy shoes, no idle chit chat, no volunteer shifts, no bar bill, no hangover - well that still depends on you, you can indulge at home and save the Uber fare! It’s a silent auction --- all online.
This event supports the behind the scenes costs of running Hawaii Craftsmen - the organization who has supported working artists and brought quality arts programming to the public for 50 years. In alignment with Hawaii Craftsmen's mission we are giving artists the option of donating 50% or 100% of the art sales. While we need the funds to run the organization we also want to support our members with opportunities to generate income from their artwork.
Our virtual event sponsors are the businesses and funders who have been supporters of Hawaii Craftsmen over the years; see the sponsors list on the auction web pages.
For this event to be successful we need EYES on PAGES! The more eyes the more bids means more funds raised to support our work. Please share the details of this event with ALL your friends and family - near and far and all your social media contacts - Get The Word Out! Feel free to send out a postcard (above) and link to the auction site to ALL your contacts! This info can be found here.
It’s super easy to participate. Click here to preview the auction and set up a personal account - it's super easy to do. When you are ready to bid on items you will need to enter your payment information. If you purchase artwork that is not on the same island as you the artist will ship you the work; if you are on the same island you both will make arrangements for a hand off. As of 3.31.18 we have 70 items valued at just over $25,000 donated by 26 artists!
You may visit the auction link to preview the auction items. The bidding starts on Sunday April 15that 5pm and will close on Sunday April 22 at 6 pm.
This event is made especially for couch potatoes - no judgment - we love to veg out too! We’ll “see” you there!
PS: We will be accepting donations until April 14, 2018. Find more info about how to make a donation click here.
Workshops, Events & Opportunities
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CALL TO ARTISTS
HUI NO'EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER
Call to Artists!
This dynamic exhibition will showcase Hawai'i artists working in glass, metal, and wood challenging artist to explore these versatile media in all their creative forms! Works will be juried in categories according to their predominant medium.
We are thrilled to welcome Rick Mills, Professor and Glass Area Chair at the University of Hawai'i, as our juror!
“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.”
MOLOKA'I WINDOW: AN EXHIBITION OF JAMES JACK: MOLOKAI ARTS CENTER 2017 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
APRIL 27, 2018 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
900 S BERETANIA ST.
HONOLULU, HI 96814
"Since 2014, social practice artist James Jack has been working closely with Sustʻāinable Molokaʻi, the Molokaʻi Arts Center, and community leaders to document stories pertaining to Molokaʻi’s land. Instead of using audio or video technology to record conversations, Jack created soil rubbings, with the permission of community members. As people shared stories about the land upon which they stood, Jack touched the dirt then rubbed his hand on a sheet of paper. Each soil rubbing becomes a window through which one can see the luminous complexities of a land where tensions have escalated over unsustainable land-use patterns over the past decade, resulting in the emergence of new initiatives based on sustainable, Hawaiian land-use practices that aim to realign the health and bounty of the Molokaʻi, its surrounding ocean, and its people.
This installation focuses on land not as a commodity to be bought and sold, but on the visceral relationship between Molokaʻi’s people and land. This three-year process has revealed that while the people of Molokaʻi may have different priorities, they all see the island’s potential tied to the soil. All soil removed for inclusion in Molokaʻi Window will be returned to the island."
SELF ASSEMBLY: CERAMICS BY CHRISTOPHER EDWARDS
MARCH 22 – JUNE 15, 2018
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
FIRST HAWAIIAN CENTER
999 BISHOP STREET
#94, Cnidaria, 9" x 50" x 16”, 2017
WĀ MA MUA / WĀ MA HOPE: NAVIGATING THE FUTURE WITH THE PAST
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Curated By: 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, 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.
Theme 1: He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa.
The canoe is an island, and the island is a canoe.
Theme 2: He aliʻi ka ʻāina; he kauwā ke kanaka. 
The land is a chief; man is the servant.
Theme 3: E ʻai i kekāhi, e kāpī kekahi. 
Eat some, salt some.
Theme 4: I ka nānā no a ‘ike. 
By observing one learns.
Theme 5: Ana Nānā Ka Ua
The rain is observed or measured.
With the generosity of the Wailoa Center, and the PA’I Foundation, Native Hawaiian artists will be showcasing their artwork in the 8th Annual MAMo (Maoli Arts Month) Gallery Exhibit. For the past eight years, MAMo (Maoli Arts Month) has sponsored a gallery show in Hilo, Hawai’i. This year’s show is titled “ ‘Ewalu” or “Eight” as this is the eighth consecutive year at the Wailoa Center.
“ ‘Ewalu” will feature sixteen Native Hawaiian artists and cover many different genres and media. There will be artwork of traditional woodcarving to artwork as contemporary as Digital Photography, and everything in between.
The opening reception will be on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Wailoa Center, 200 Piopio Street, Hilo, HI from 5:00pm - 7:00 pm. There will be light refreshments and Hawaiian music at the opening reception.
Lauhala weaver, Lina Abe will be demonstrating weaving at the opening reception Monday evening and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 4th, 5th and 6th during the Merrie Monarch week.
The sixteen Native Hawaiian artist that will be featured in “ ‘Ewalu” are: Bernice Akamine, Ka’ohu Seto, Keoki Apokolani Carter, Kauanoe Chang, Momi Greene, James Kunani Kaulukukui, Lehua Waipa Ah Nee, Beau Jack Key, Nelson Makua, Kainoa Makua, Jimie Ramos, Kalei Nu’uhiwa, Maile Lu’uwai, Haley Kailiehu, and Pi’iali’i Lawson.
CUDRA CLOVER: HYSTERIA
HUI NO'EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER
2841 BALDWIN AVENUE,
MAKAWAO, HI 96768
Join us for the opening reception!
Friday, March 9 / 6 - 8pm
Hui No'eau presents solo artist Cudra Clover and her installation entitled Hysteria. Hysteria explores the subject of overstimulation through textiles and multimedia. Along with a selection of her biomorphic silk paintings, Cudra will be presenting elements of these works to create an interactive multimedia experience.
Cudra is a Maui-based painter and multimedia artist. She has shown her work in Hawaii, Chicago, Denver, Japan, and China. Cudra won the Burningman Award of Excellence with her tech team, for the ARC installation, which was also displayed at TEDx and The Maker's Faire NYC. She is one of the founders of artCORE, a Maui group dedicated to engaging the community in interactive art and has co-produced some of the MACC's art-MIXXs. Her artwork is in public spaces, hotels and in the permanent collection of the Hawaii State Museum of Art and Culture.
This exhibition is presented with support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and will be free to the public until Friday, April 13th. The gallery is open daily 9am - 4pm.
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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