HAWAII CRAFTSMEN MOVES OFFICE AND STORAGE SPACE, MANY MAHALOS TO ...
John Friend (Hawaii Craftsmen office manager) for moving the office to it’s new location at ROC Office Centers, 1110 Nuuanu Avenue, Rm #21
On Tues. Nov. 22, Sidney Lynch, Terry Savage, Barbara Thompson and Liz Train organized all the 50+ boxes in the basement storage area.
On Sat. Nov. 26, 17 people, Shelle Avecilla, Francisco Clemente, Tom Gibson, Daven Hee, Philip Kwock, Jackie Mild Lau, Burt Lum, Rochelle Lum, Sidney Lynch, Faye Maeshiro, Geri Maeshiro, Suzanne Marinelli, Drew Matsumoto, Yukio Ozaki, Terry Savage, Laurie Siegfried, Mike Shigeta, and Mark White helped to move all the stuff from the basement to the new storage space in the Blaisdell Hotel on Fort Street Mall. Many hands made light work and we were done in 2.5 hours leaving the basement storage area with clean shelves and floor. Also thanks to Bunky Bakutis and Barbara Thompson for taking the raku glazes and trash cans that would otherwise have needed to be discarded. Special mahalo to Drew Matsumoto for getting his company truck so we had to make only one trip. And thanks to Allison Roscoe for sharing her studio space at Blaisdell Hotel with us.
FAREWELL TO MARK WHITE, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
At the end of October, the Board of Directors bade a heavy-hearted farewell to Mark White, who stepped down as President of the Board of Directors to pursue his new role as Hawaii State Director for the Convention of States Project. The Board of Directors would like to express our most sincere gratitude to Mark, who has been a great leader, mentor, friend, and most importantly, a levelheaded sounding board to its members. He has been the backbone of the organization, which under his leadership has thrived in all measures. Most recently, he ushered in the organization’s 50th anniversary year with new programs and initiatives, including the Strategic Partnership Program, helping us build stronger ties with other local arts organizations; free professionalization workshops for members; special programs with world-class artists; a year-long evaluation initiative improving our services to members and the arts community at large; professional photography of our award recipients and installations for use in publications and social media; working with communications and public relations experts to promote our programs; and a new visual brand and 50th anniversary logo to be used throughout the year of celebrations. Mark has helped us immensely in realizing our anniversary plans and in developing strategies that will influence the shape of the next 50 years of fine crafts in Hawaii.
Mark has left a very large set of shoes to fill. Therefore, the board invites its membership to recommend and nominate potential successors for the position of President of the Board of Directors. The President is the principle executive officer of the organization; presides at all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors; is primary signatory to contracts and documents; and, in general, supervises the activities and operations of Hawaiʻi Craftsmen. This position requires excellent leadership, organizational and people skills, and a strong understanding of fine crafts. Please send your recommendations/nominations (self-nominations acceptable) and brief biographical information of potential candidates to Barbara Thompson, Acting President and Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo for your participation in helping the board achieve its goal of finding a suitable candidate.
-----Barbara Thompson, Acting President & Vice President
JUVANA SOLIVAN JOINS HC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Board of Directors welcomes Juvana Solivan as its newest member of the board. Juvana is a mixed-media artist born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received an MFA in Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016, a BFA in Sculpture at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2013, and also studied Art Restoration and Conservation at Lorenzo de' Medici International School in Florence, Italy in 2012. The Cranbrook Art Museum recently acquired a work from Juvanaʻs MFA Thesis Exhibition. Juvana is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History (Sculpture) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and an Art Instructor at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Her work examines the human condition through her mixed media studio practice, which includes working with metal, beeswax, fur, textile, wood, silicone, human hair, and animal remnants.
As part of our 50th Anniversary initiatives, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen will be offering member artists the opportunity to celebrate with us by labeling their art works on display in galleries, museum and institutions throughout the islands (and nationwide) with a white and gold anniversary sticker. Stickers will be available as of January 1, 2017 and can be requested from the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen office,email@example.com, at least 2 weeks before art works go on display. We ask that member artists discuss using these wall and pedestal stickers with exhibition organizers prior to requesting stickers from Hawaiʻi Craftsmen.
COME SEE OUR NEW HOME !
After 14 years of partnership with the Arts@Marks Garage, it is with bittersweet sentiments that Hawaiʻi Craftsmen is relocating our office to ROC (Real Office Center) at 1110 Nuʻuanu Ave. We wish the Arts@Marks Garage all the best with their exciting renovations plans and look forward to fresh avenues of creative collaborations in years to come. With our move to ROC, we are joining an innovative co-working office environment with membership groups including emerging innovators, entrepreneurs, and the creative community, with whom we hope to collaborate in exciting new ways. To celebrate our move, meet our new ROC member community, and share in a toast to the holiday season, we cordially invite Hawaiʻi Craftsmen members and friends to a potluck gathering on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 4-6 pm at the ROC (upstairs lanai), 1110 Nuʻuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAWAII CRAFTSMEN:
OUR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
This past fall, Hawai’i Craftsmen began a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with special programs and initiatives generously funded by grants from the Hawaii Community Foundation, McInerny Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation and the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund.
These anniversary initiatives include
1) The Strategic Partnership Programs, helping us build stronger ties with other local arts organizations
2) Professionalization workshops for members--the first of which was held in September at the UH Computer Training Lab.
3) Special programs with world class artists
4) A year-long evaluation initiative to help us improve our services to members and the arts community at large
5) Professional photography of our anniversary exhibition installations for use in publications and social media
6) Contracting an individual or firm to provide communications and public relations support throughout the year
7) A 50th anniversary logo and display stickers
8) A new visual brand to be used on forthcoming communications throughout the anniversary year.
“Happy Birthday, Hawai’i Craftsmen, and mahalo nui loa to all its members for their dedication and service to our organization throughout the years!”
Now that the 49th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition (ASJE) has closed, it is time to reflect upon the successes of the exhibition. Of the 109 applicants who registered 284 entries on CaFE, this year’s juror, Cindi Strauss, selected 98 entries by 75 artists. The selected works represent some of finest crafts seen on the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and Oʻahu, and were beautifully complemented by 13 exquisite works by invited artists, Daven Hee (ceramics), Derek Bencomo (wood), and Sally and William Worcester (glass).
More than 1500 visitors attended the exhibition, many who praised the beauty, creativity and excellence of the art and display. Big congratulations go out to participating artists, Amber Aguirre, Boris Huang, Diane K.W., Robert York, Jon Rawlings, Elizabeth Kent, Bud Spindt, Gregory Paul, Bai Xin Chen, Michelle Schwengel-Regala, John Margenau, John Mydock and Isla Harmon, and Lee Plevney, who received awards for their entries. As a testament to the high quality of the juried selections, the Honolulu Museum of Art and State Foundation for Culture and the Arts are currently considering the acquisition of artworks by Amber Aguirre, Marianne Lowry, Juvana Soliven, Daven Hee, Kenny Kicklighter, and Michael Lowry. Additionally, 7 artworks were sold to private collectors.
As I get ready to close the books on ASJE 2016, I would like to remind member artists that it is never too early to start working on next year’s submissions! ASJE 2017, currently scheduled to open to the public toward the end of October through mid-November, will be a particularly important one, as it will be the 50th annual show held in the history of Hawaiʻi Craftsmen! So letʻs prepare to celebrate this important milestone with the finest that our islands have to offer!
Mahalo nui loa to the artists, volunteers, sponsors, and friends who made ASJE 2016 a great success!
-----Barbara Thompson, Acting President & Vice President
UPCOMING AHA HANA LIMA 2017 GUEST ARTISTS AND WORKSHOPS
Public Lecture: Thursday, March 16th,5:30pm-7:30pm
Workshop: Friday, March 17th, 5pm-9pm
Workshop: Saturday & Sunday, March 18th-19th, 9am-5pm
Workshop half day: Friday, March 24th, 5pm-9pm
Workshop full day: Saturday-Sunday, March 25th-26th 9am-5pm
More dates and artists to be announced.
MEMBER NEWS & EXHIBITS
Congratulations to Nadia Fairlamb, 2017 Clark Hulings Fund Fellow!
In September 2016, Nadia Fairlamb participated in the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Professionalization Workshop, “CaFE as a Tool for Artists,” in which participants were trained in using CaFE to find and apply to nationwide artist opportunities (e.g. exhibitions, grant programs, and residencies). During the workshop, participants were instructed to search and find three nationwide artist opportunities listed on CaFE and encouraged to apply to at least one of these listings in the following weeks. Nadia submitted an application to the Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Arts’s Business Accelerator Program (clarkhulingsfund.org/accelerator/), a grant and business training program for visual artists. Nadia was subsequently selected as one of only 20 Fellows nationwide for this prestigious 1-2 year fully funded program. Congratulations Nadia! We look forward to hearing about your CHF Fellowship and experience. To read more about Nadiaʻs art business, please visit her website at www.themermaidsmirror.com.
Ceramics of Hawaii
The first statewide juried exhibition of ceramic art in Hawaii, Ceramics of Hawaii, will take place from December 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Linekona Gallery. David Kuraoka will be the show’s juror.
Opening reception: Friday, December 16, 5:30 – 8 pm
Juror walk thru 4 pm
Dramatically Constructed Vases with Carol Zee at Donkey Mill Art Center
Fri - Sun, Dec 9 - 11
Hours vary by day
In this three day weekend workshop, artist and Hawaii Craftsmen member Carol Zee will guide you through the process of hand building a beautiful dramatic vase. More information here
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.
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
“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.”
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CALL TO ARTISTS
Biennium Grant Program Community Peer Panels
The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is looking for individuals to serve on its 2017-2019 Biennium Grant Program Community Peer Panels. The panels will meet in March 2017 to review grant applications and make recommendations to the HSFCA Board regarding non-profit organizations who conduct projects and programs that support arts, culture, and humanities in Hawaii. Panelists are needed to serve on panels in the following program areas: Presentation, Community Arts, Heritage and Preservation, Arts Education, and Presentation: Performing Arts. If you are currently working in or have had experience working in any of the above program areas and would like to participate on a panel, please go to culturegrants-hi.org, and complete and submit the Panelist Application form at the bottom of the page.
Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center
Annual Juried Exhibition 2017
January 6 - February 16
Receiving Day: Tuesday, December 27 / 9am-4pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6 / 5-7pm
Juror: Duncan Dempster
With renowned guest jurors offering a different perspective for a unique show each year, this prestigious exhibition offers an opportunity to view current work of local and mainland artists in all media. Ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, jewelry, digital media, fiber, wood, mixed media and all other creative explorations are welcome! With no theme, this exhibition challenges artists to submit their best work created within the past two years.
Juror Duncan Dempster is a Honolulu-based artist and educator working primarily in print media. He is currently an instructor in printmaking at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and is the executive director of Honolulu Printmakers, an 88-year old nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting print culture in the State of Hawaii. In addition to a personal studio practice, he has been involved in many collective printmaking projects involving community outreach, collaboration, and exteriorized studio strategies, most recently a project called .5ppi.
THE WINDOW GALLERY AT THE ARTS AT MARKS GARAGE
on Display until December 23rd 2016
This will be the last Window display at Arts@Marks Garage.
We are making sure that we have all membersʻ current email and mailing addresses 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 and update your information so we can serve you better!
“In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries.”
Help us celebrate Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary Year. In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries. We hope that you will see the mutual benefits of these Strategic Partnerships. Ideally we can begin an on-going working relationship to mutually support and promote Hawaii’s fine craft artists working primarily in functional and non-functional 2- and 3 dimensional art in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media.
We are accepting proposals for exhibits, art events, awards, and workshops.
Our over-arching goal is to celebrate and promote public art exhibitions, art displays, and events featuring fine craft arts and artists and to support artists working in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media through formal and informal workshops and educational opportunities.
We consider this a wonderful way to celebrate 50 years of fine crafts in Hawaiʻi and we look forward to receiving an application from you at least 3 months in advance of your planned project. We are hopeful that together we can increase the appreciation and support of fine craft art throughout the state and beyond!
CONGRATULATIONS TO HAWAII ISLAND ARTS ALLIANCE, HAWAII POTTERS GUILD, UH ART GALLERY-UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, CURRENT RECIPIENTS OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AWARDS.
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“Your involvement is vital to continue to make Hawai'i Craftsmen a success.”
Through the generous support of government, private foundations and individual donors, Hawai‘i Craftsmen has been able to continue to provide our community with successful programs. However, grants vary considerably from year to year and have recently been reduced significantly. Grants do not cover growing administrative costs such as rent, insurance and accounting expense or replacing aging office equipment such as computers and printers.
Your involvement is vital to continue to make Hawai'i Craftsmen a success. We are increasingly dependent on individual contributions to improve member services and to cover basic office operations. Your contribution to Hawai‘i Craftsmen, in any amount, is critical to our future and tangibly recognizes the value of our programs. We welcome all contributions and suggestions for guaranteeing our future financial sustainability and more years of serving the Hawai'i art community.
Hawaii Craftsmen meets the Second Wednesday of the month and the meeting is open to members. There will be no Board Meeting in December. If you would like to attend, please sign up at Hawaiicraftsmen.org under Events.
Hawaii Craftsmen is supported by the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawaii Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, the Cooke Foundation, the McInerny Foundation, several private family foundations and our members.
HAWAII CRAFTSMEN IS SUPPORTED BY THE HAWAI’I STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS, THE HAWAII COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, THE ATHERTON FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE COOKE FOUNDATION, THE MCINERNY FOUNDATION, THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, THE LAILA TWIGG-SMITH ART FUND, SEVERAL PRIVATE FAMILY FOUNDATIONS AND OUR MEMBERS