Hawai'i Craftsmen
News & Events

September 2016

Message from the President

Aloha Members,

Wow!  Fiber Hawaii 2016 is a fantastic exhibit!  Many thanks to Co-chairs Liz Train, Maya Portner and their team of volunteers for a wonderful exhibition…and many, thanks also to Tanya Tavorn for the outstanding fashion show she put on at the opening reception.  Using several pieces displayed in the exhibit, Tanya’s program put a beautiful finishing touch to a great installation that features works in fiber, feathers, wood, glass and ceramics.  Our juror Glen Kaufman truly picked an exhibit that is ‘In, Of or About Fiber.”

What’s next?  The Annual Exhibit in October!  Registration through CaFE continues through the end of September.

Mark White
President, Hawaii Craftsmen

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

Detail of C.B. Forsythe’s award-winning, Outside/In

Juror Glen Kaufman and his work

Works prepared for Jurying. Photo by Mark White.

Here is a great article by NOE TANIGAWA


Frolic Hawaii
, article & photos by Amanda Stevens. Please credit photos to Amanda Stevens and tag #FrolicHawaii on social media when reposting.


Michelle Chen (our awesome designer, videographer, photographer, makeup artist..!) video of fashion show & backstage, credit Michelle Chen


photo @michephotohawaii

Indie Visual List photo & video clip


Edgar Espero video of performance & fashion show, credit Edgar Espero


College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), UH Manoa


Interested in purchasing any of the work ?

Click the online store below.


49th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition

October 25 - November 13, 2016

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


Hawaiʻi Craftsmen 2016

49th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition

Hawaiʻi Craftsmen invites emerging and established artists (members and nonmembers) from across the state to submit up to six artworks to be considered for the 49th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition. Artists are encouraged to enter traditional and non-traditional fine crafts, including functional and non-functional 2- and 3-dimensional art in categories of clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media. Cash awards will be selected by the newly
appointed juror, Cindi Strauss—the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft and Design and Assistant Director, Programming at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston—and presented at the exhibition opening reception on October 25. All entries must be of original design and created independently within the last two years. Artworks previously included in juried exhibitions on Oʻahu or displayed in any Honolulu Museum of Art School exhibition are ineligible.

Mandatory online registration of completed artworks is now open on the web-based system CaFE (www.callforentry.org). Registration will close on October 1, 2016 at 7 p.m. HST. A CaFE registration link will be available on the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen website at www.HawaiiCraftsmen.org. To receive registration discount, non-members can join Hawaiʻi Craftsmen in advance of registering on
CaFE by visiting www.HawaiiCraftsmen.org and becoming a member.

The use of CAFÉ for artwork registration is mandatory for all participants.

Please note that previously announced dates for intake and jurying of artwork on neighbor islands have been revised as follows: Hawaiʻi Island on October 17; Maui on October 18; Kauaʻi on October 19; and Oʻahu on October 19 for intake only and October 20 for jurying. Entries from Molokai and Lanaʻi will be juried online and announced on October 16. New or altered entries will not be accepted after October 1 or on intake days. The juror, Ms. Cindi Strauss, will present a free public lecture at each intake venue following jurying.

The 49th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition will be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Main Gallery and will be open to the public with free viewing from Tuesday, October 25, 2016 through Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Invited Artists

Each year Hawaiʻi Craftsmen recognizes members who represent various media with their excellent work and who have contributed to the Hawaiʻi art community at large. This year, the Board of Directors is pleased to honor as invited guest artists in the exhibit the Oahu-based ceramic artist, Daven Hee, the Maui-based wood artist Derek Bencomo, and the Maui-based glass artists William and Sally Worcester.


A prospectus with detailed information about entering the Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition is available online at www.hawaiicraftsmen.org/49th-annual-statewide-exhibition.


Hawaiʻi Craftsmen is currently seeking volunteers for a variety of exhibition-based activities including intake, reception hospitality, and installation. To volunteer, please contact Program Chair, Barbara Thompson, at barbarathompson@hawaiicraftsmen.org.

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


Invited Artists:

Derek Bencomo

Bill & Sally Worcester

Daven Hee

Hawaii Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Strategic Partnerships


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 and 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, 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 by supporting artists working in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media through formal and informal workshops and educational opportunities. 

We consider this a fine 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!

More Information HERE

The Window at The ARTS at Marks Garage

Tom Gibson
Earth Tribe / Standing Vessel 

September 2016

I have been working on the "Standing Vessel" series since 2013.  However, this "Earth Tribe" variation allowed me continued evolution of these ceramic vessels with gravity resisting legs.  In Addition the imagery challenges me to tell "story" about my love for this amazing diversity of life on planet Earth.

I started working in clay when I was 14 by attending classes with a talented Korean potter at the Richmond Art Center in California.  I finished my academic training with a BA in art from California State University, Easy Bay. Currently as a member of Hawaii Potterʻs Guild, Honolulu I continue to be taught, inspired and supported in the Oahu ceramic community.



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

More information HERE

New Space – Fresh Paint
July 9 – October 1

Galerie 103
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Koloa HI 96756
808 742 0103 | 808 652 0712

Featured Artists:  Tom Lieber, contemplative paintings; David Kuraoka, ceramic & bronze sculptures
“Changing Light: Presence of Absence” by Bruna Stude
Group Exhibition in celebration of Galerie 103’s first year anniversary in new upstairs gallery:  Chris Atkinson, A. Kimberlin Blackburn, Doug Britt, Kathleen Adair Brown, Margaret Ezekiel, Sally French, Karen Gally, Roberta Griffith, Ben Kikuyama, Deyana Mielke, Wayne Zebzda

Recent acquisitions exhibition opens September 2nd, features contemporary art from across the Hawaiian islands

The newest exhibition at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum showcases recently acquired artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Accession features 33 works by 27 artists from across the state of Hawai‘i:Evan M. Asato, Jan Becket, Derek Bencomo, Alison Beste, Judy D. Bisgard, Francisco Clemente, Hannah Day, Quincy Dein, Scott Fitzel, Sally French, Judy Gardner, Mary Goodrich, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Sanit Khewhok, David Kuraoka, Chenta Laury, Tom Lieber, Shigeru Miyamoto, Miho Morinue, John Mydock, Carl F.K. Pao, Zach Pezzillo, Brennan Simcock, Michael Patrick Smith, Jefferson Stillwell, Dominic Tidmarsh, and George Woollard.

Join us for a family-friendly evening with local artists and arts enthusiasts on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Admission is always free!

Please submit Member exhibit information to newsletter@hawaiicraftsmen.org


Second Saturday
Saturday, September 10th

The Hawai‘i Craftsmen will provide all materials and instruction for making sculptures with wood or with paper and tape during this free family fun day. All ages welcome! Second Saturday activities at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum run from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (while supplies last); galleries are open until 4:00 pm.

Calls to Artists

Ceramics of Hawai‘i
The first statewide juried exhibition of ceramic art in Hawai‘i
Presented by: Hawai‘i Potters’ Guild
Juror: David Kuraoka
Honolulu Museum of Art School, Linekona Gallery
17 December 2016 - 8 January 2017



Due to changes at Mark’s Garage, Hawaii Craftsmen is looking for storage for it’s show pedestals and raku equipment. HC would love to have the opportunity to put a small removeable storage shed on someone’s property.

Please let info@hawaiicraftsmen.org know if this is possible or if you know of any available storage space. We’re looking for about 10’x10’ (12’x12)?


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 such as …

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:

• Help with receptions (slide lecture, or opening receptions) • Host a visiting artist in your home • Spend the morning, afternoon, evening with a guest artist • Provide leis for our guests, award winners and other VIPs at our events  

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 exhibition

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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