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June 2016

40th Anniversary
Raku Ho'olaulea Exhibit 

Thursday, June 9th 5:30pm-8:30 pm opening reception and award ceremony
Exhibit closes Saturday, July 2nd

The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nu'uanu Ave
Honolulu HI, 96797.

Free to the public. 

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Letter from President Mark White

Raku Ho'olaulea celebrates its 40th Year!

By Mark White, President of Hawaii Craftsmen:

Inspired by Star Wars, Russell Wee's KrackPots T-shirt this year says: "May the 40th
Be With You" and that's what happened to those of us attending this year's Raku
Ho'olaulea over Memorial Day weekend. This was my 9th Raku Ho'olaulea since
2001 and I've never experienced an event with more giving, more sharing and more
Aloha than our 40th event-- one for the record books!

Several "Legends of Raku" came out for a special Saturday afternoon picnic. Notable
of those were Raku Ho'olualea founders David Kuraoka and Joe Hawley. Joe and his
daughter Jorin spent the entire weekend visiting groups to "talk story" and share
experiences. Joe's easy-gong manner and wealth of knowledge made for a great
weekend of camaraderie.

And its not over yet! Our Raku exhibit throughout the month will feature a special
"Legends" display of invited artists works along with all the beautiful contemporary
and traditional art created this year.

Opening reception and award ceremony is Thursday, June 9th, 5:30 to 8:30. Along
with all our usual awards, a special $1200 award, created from local donations of
friends Jeff Chang, will be presented in honor of the local artist, potter and teacher.

Plan on attending this great event!

Many thanks go to many people but especially: Guest Artist/Juror Ken Kang,
Traditional Juror Hideko Watanabe, Susan Rogers-Aregger, Barbara Guidage, Phillip
Markwart, The Urasenki Foundation, Edward Higa, Sidney Lynch and each of the
Raku group leaders.

In, Of, or About Fiber
Tuesday August 23rd-Saturday September 10th

Public Lecture by juror Glen Kaufman "Installation"
Saturday August 20th 5pm-6pm
Opening Reception Fibermorphic Fashion Show
Tuesday August 23rd 5:30pm-8pm

Join us for a walk-through of the exhibit with our Juror at 5:00 pm.
Programming for the evening will include ‘Fibermorphic Fashion Show’, the 2nd wearable art fashion show featuring Hawaii fiber artists and fashion designers. Show starts at 7:00 pm.

This exhibit will feature works “in, of or about” fiber art. Entrants may use any media as long as it incorporates a fiber or textile technique or sensibility. Woven glass, clay or wire, handmade paper, traditional weaving, batik, and fabric painting are some possible techniques that would be eligible. Photography, traditional paintings or prints would generally not be acceptable.

Fibermorphic Fashion Show Call to Artists

We are looking for artists and designers to create pieces as well as performers to model the creations. Models should have a background in dance and/or improv. Artists and performers will transform ordinary materials into moving, fluid works of art. Use of traditional store-bought fabric is discouraged, but do keep in mind they will be worn and performed in. Show will be during the opening reception of our biennial Fiber Hawaii exhibition.

Email tanyah@hawaiicraftsmen.org if interested in participating.

More Information and Registration

49th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition

October 25 - November 13, 2016

Honolulu Museum of Art School, Main Gallery
1111 Victoria St., Honolulu, HI 

Hawai’i Craftsmen invites artist submissions to the 2016 annual exhibition of Hawai’iʻs finest craft arts. This yearʻs juror is Emily Zilber, Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For more information, visit www.Hawaiicraftsmen.org

Mandatory entry registration on CaFE

(details to be announced):
September 1 - October 1, 2016

Art work intake, jurying, & juror lectures (details to be announced)

Hawai‘i Is.: Oct.16
Maui: Oct. 17
Kaua‘i: Oct. 18
O‘ahu: Oct. 19-20
Molokai & Lana‘i: online only

Opening reception and awards ceremony on O‘ahu:
Oct. 25, 5:30-7:30 pm, Honolulu Museum of Art School

Invited Artists:

Derek Bencomo

Bill & Sally Worcester

Daven Hee

The Window at The ARTS at Marks Garage

Member artist, Barbara Thompson, will be displaying ceramic vessels from her most recent series, Pele and Honua, throughout June.

June 2016
Barbara Thompson
TheWindow @ ARTS at Marks | TheWindow is an exhibition space within the ARTS at Marks gallery in downtown Honolulu, available for use by Hawai'i Craftsmen members at no charge. For more information, please contact info@hawaiicraftsmen.org or (808) 521-3282, or read about it here: hawaiicraftsmen.org/window 

Members exhibits

Industrial Scale/Artistic Vision

March 3 to June 17 
Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center
999 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI
Exhibition of recent large-scale work
Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center
999 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI 

Ho‘omau: The Perpetuation of Kapa
Hawai'i State Art Museum
250 South Hotel St., Second Floor
Honolulu, HI
The newest exhibition at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum showcases kapa (Hawaiian barkcloth) and related works from the Art in Public Places Collection. Ho‘omau: The Perpetuation of Kapa features 14 works by the following kapa practitioners and artists: Pam Barton, Kau‘i Chun, Pualani Lincoln Maielua, Philip Markwart, Juliette May Fraser, Marie McDonald,  Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, Dalani Tanahy, and Viliami Toluta‘u.

Cedar Street Galleries Presents "Earth"
May 13, 2016 thru June 12, 2016
Cedar Street Galleries
817 Cedar Street
Honolulu, HI 

Paintings by Hamilton Kobayashi, Ceramics by Kenny Kicklighter & Christopher Edwards

Ka ‘ike o ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean
May 25th - June 8th, 2016
Honolulu Hale Courtyard
530 S King St, Honolulu, HI 
An educational and artistic journey to celebrate National Oceans Month and bring awareness to the importance of our worldʻs oceans. Including work by Michelle Schwengel-Regala

Through June 30
Louis Pohl Gallery
1111 Nuuanu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii

Featuring Mazie Hirono, Frank B. Shaner, Takeo, Alan Carrell, Eric Chandler, Leslie Hayashi,Elizabeth Kent and Janice Brown. Through June 30. 

Please submit Member exhibit information to newsletter@hawaiicraftsmen.org

Second Saturday

SECOND SATURDAY FESTIVITIES in Honolulu’s Downtown-Chinatown June 10, 11 am to 4pm This Saturday, downtown/Chinatown kicks off its Second Saturday celebrations! Featuring these activities: • Summer Cinema Series at NextDoor • Psychic readings & culinary tours at Louis Pohl Gallery • Nu’uanu Ave & Bethel Street Sidewalk Sales (mauka of Pauahi Street) • Art Off the Wall Tours at the Hawaii State Art Museum Second Saturday is a daytime, family event dedicated to promoting the cultural, artistic and culinary richness of downtown Honolulu, from the Capitol District to historic Chinatown. Area museums, stores and entertainment venues will take turns presenting special activities to entertain on these dates. Saturday municipal parking is a $3.00 flat rate all day!!! 


LOEWE Craft Prize

In 2016 the LOEWE FOUNDATION launches the LOEWE Craft Prize, an annual international prize recognizing an outstanding work of craftsmanship that pairs an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods. The award seeks to acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value. By identifying work that reinterprets existing knowledge to make it relevant today while reflecting its maker’s personal language and distinct hand, the LOEWE FOUNDATION aims to highlight the continuing contribution of craft to the culture of our time.

All entries should
fall within an area of applied arts, such as ceramics, bookbinding, enamelwork, jewellery, lacquer, metal, furniture, leather, textiles, glass, etc.
be an original work, handmade or partly handmade
have been created in the last decade
be one-of a-kind
have won no prizes previously
demonstrate artistic intent.

The Prize for the winning entry is 50,000 euros. The winning work selected by the Jury, as well as the works of the finalists selected by the Experts Panel will be included in an exhibition and accompanying catalogue “LOEWE Craft Prize 2017”, on view in Madrid and subsequently traveling to other cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.


Calls to Artists

TheWindow @ ARTS at Marks | TheWindow is an exhibition space within the ARTS at Marks gallery in downtown Honolulu, available for use by Hawai'i Craftsmen members at no charge. For more information, please contact info@hawaiicraftsmen.org or (808) 521-3282, or read about it here: hawaiicraftsmen.org/window 

A variety of entries open for unique exhibits at a Santa Monica art gallery. Details: https://bggallery.submittable.com/submit

Call for Artists: Seeking project proposals for the inaugural Re:NEW Festival, a celebration of creative reuse, transformation, and sustainability, taking place in Pittsburgh Sept. 9 - Oct. 9, 2016. Open to all U.S. artists and performers working with the festival themes. No entry fee. Details: http://renewfestival.com


We'd love your help! The board members and committee chairs take the leadership role in planning activities, and they need committee members who can meet regularly and help them with the details of their projects.

Events, Receptions

Fundraising and community outreach

    • Sales - large and small throughout the year
    • Raku – selling tea bowls, t-shirts, silent auction, etc.

PR and Promotional activities
    • Organize community displays of members work
    • Follow up press releases with phone calls and personal meetings.

Hospitality/Hospitality Chairperson to coordinate the following activities:

     1.) help with receptions (slide lecture, or opening receptions)
     2.) host a visiting artist in your home
     3.) spend the morning, afternoon, evening with a guest artist
     4.) provide leis for our guests, award winners and other VIPs at our events

Program Teams

    Winter/Spring - 'Aha Hana Lima committee member

    Winter/Spring - Fundraising Dinner and Art Sales
    Summer/Fall - Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition

    Late Fall, Alternate Years - Fiber Hawai'i exhibit
    Spring/Summer – Raku Ho'olaule'a

If you are interested in volunteering, send us an email at info@hawaiicraftsmen.org or visit us on our website HERE

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Contribute to Hawai'i Craftsmen

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.    

Funding and cash flow remain the biggest challenges. We have a home in the Arts at Marks Garage but we must pay rent and our administrative costs, while moderate by industry standards, are increasing.

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.

Mahalo for your support! 



Office: 1159 Nu'uanu Ave., Honolulu HI 96817 
Office Administrator: John Friend, info@hawaiicraftsmen.org, (808) 521-3282
Newsletter Editor:  newsletter@hawaiicraftsmen.org
Board President: Mark White, president@hawaiicraftsmen.org

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 you, our members. 


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