Letter from the President
Aloha Hawai’i Craftsmen members,
I just finished up the last workshop with Beth Cavener on Maui. I would like to thank and recognize all of the volunteers that made this event possible. I would also like to thank the Hawai’i Community Foundation for considering for and granting us the Lila Twigg Smith Art Fund that made it possible to bring Beth back to the islands for her three island tour.
The Oahu public presentation was packed. We stuffed the small lecture hall at the Univeristy of Hawai’i Manoa, and although I had to guard the refreshment table, there was a constant stream of interested students that came by that I was able to direct to the lecture and introduce our organization and programs. The Workshop was sold out.
I was able to free up some time and visit both Hawai’i Island and Maui (unfortunately HC finances don’t allow for board travel!) and visit and connect with our neighbor island members. The public presentations were well attended and the workshops although smaller than our Oahu workshop, intimate and like a gathering of friends and family.
All members, myself included, were so impressed with Beth’s generosity, and her willingness to share all aspects of herself and her process. Beth revealed her twenty year evolution (warts and all) of a ceramic sculptural process beginning in a sculpture discipline based studio in her kitchen and transforming into a finely tuned ceramic sculptural craft in a dedicated full time studio. I think everyone was impressed with the astounding level of craftsmanship her finished sculptures possess and also her unrelenting pursuit of pushing the boundaries of her work be it scale, concept or subject matter. Beth also shared wonderful (and humorously horrific) stories about her experiences in the New York City gallery world and provided a glimpse into the business relationships of a successful artist at the top of the commercial art world. I was constantly impressed with her integrity to keep the money out of her art making and stay true to her work in the face of all of that wealth.
When you get a chance check out Hawai’i Craftsmen’s latest exploration in the Hawai’i Craftsmen Connect program. Hawai’i Craftsmen artists will be showing in the Downtown Art Center Gallery space in the Chinatown Gateway Plaza and guess what? The building has a municipal underground parking lot accessible from Bethal Street! The center is looking for HC members who would be willing to teach 1-3 day make and take workshops. Interested in participating either in the gallery or in sharing your expertise? You can contact me at email@example.com for more information about this developing program and about the developing Downtown Art Center.
THE RETURN OF BETH CAVENER
WORKSHOPS ON OAHU, THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI
Fibermorphic Fashion Show
First Friday, May 3rd from 6 pm - 9 pm, is a free, family-friendly event featuring art, fashion, and music at the historic Hawai'i State Art Museum.
Hawai'i Craftsmen presents their exciting Fibermorphic fashion show on the front lawn stage of the Hawai'i State Art Museum. Our First Friday event will also feature live painting by Lauren Hana Chai and make-and-take watercolor painting with April Sham. Live music performances by John Paul Brabant and Dae Han Ensemble. HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x Mori by Art + Flea will be featuring Contemporary Stained Glass Art Japan from Tokyo along with local artist Lauren Hana Chai. "Out of the Garden" exhibit by Jodi Endicott on display inside Artizen by MW. Head upstairs to the Hawai'i State Art Museum to see the new Young Artists of Hawaii exhibit "My Culture, My Family, and Me". Be sure to check out the visual works of Honolulu Biennial 2019 artists Bernice Akamine, Abraham Cruzvillegas, ʻĪmaikalani Kalāhele, Janet Lilo, Mata Aho Collective located in the lobby, lawn and balconies of Hawai'i State Art Museum!
Annual Statewide Exhibition 2019
New Award for Collaborative Work
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.
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
ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY, JULY 15, AND CLOSES SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
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Hawaii Craftsmen is pleased to announce the 2019 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa program which was founded in 1977. Scheduled activities include:
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 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa activities will be posted in the July 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).
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 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.”
DONKEY MILL ART CENTER SEEKS TEACHING ARTISTS!
The Donkey Mill Art Center is now soliciting Class Proposals from Teaching Artists for our Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, and we would love it if you could share with your Teaching Artists and network.
We are seeking proposals for Arts and Culture programs for both youth and adults.
Class Proposals may be submitted via our online form, and are due by June 1, 2019. Our programs staff will reach out for additional details and to confirm classes by June 15, 2019.
Mahalo for all you do to make our islands a more artful place, and thank you for helping to spread the word.
Batik is an Indonesian word meaning writing with wax. Waxed areas create a resist design that dyes and paint cannot penetrate. Traditional batik techniques involve successive applications of wax and dye, submerging the fabric in a dye vat one color at a time and layering the wax resist. In this class we use a more modern technique of painting diluted acrylic paints instead of dyes. This allows the artist to use a variety of colors next to each other without the colors mixing with the previous color layer. The tjanting is a traditional tool with a little spout used to apply lines of wax; the tjap is a copper stamp that can be dipped in hot wax to create multiple design areas. Traditional tools and brushes were used to apply hot soy wax resist to the fabric. Soy wax is environmentally friendly and washes out with hot water. Gel glue was also employed as a resist.
VOLCANO ART CENTER GALLERY
VOLCANOS NATIONAL PARK
1 CRATER RIM DRIVE
VOLCANO, HI 96785
MAY 11 - JUNE 16, 2019
Volcano Art Center is proud to announce the exhibition titled Hulihia: The Hawaiʻi Nei Invitational Exhibition on display 9am - 5pm, daily from May 11th until June 16th, 2019 at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The multi-media exhibition showcases seven outstanding artists who were selected by members of the VAC Board of Directors from the 2018 Hawai’i Nei Exhibition. The selected artists include Elizabeth Miller, Kathleen Mishina, Norman Negre, Robin Scanlon, Suzy Zenk-Thompson, Carol Ekela Tredway, and Robin Racoma were asked to explore the theme Hulihia, meaning “complete change”. The resulting body of work honors the extraordinary events of 2018 which created new landscapes of our beloved Hawaiʻi Nei. A special opening reception with the artists is on Saturday, May 11th from 5-7 pm at VAC gallery. Park entrance fees apply.
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 email@example.com
Sunday, May 5, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Illustrated Talk: “An Introduction to Festival Karakuri in Japan” by Dmitri Carter
***** 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: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information: http://arts.EastWestCenter.org/ arts@EastWestCenter.org Facebook and Instagram: @EWC.arts 808-944-7177
10x10x10 ARTISTS CHALLENGE
Being an exhibiting artist at Wailoa Center is normally a laid-back experience. Participants generally bring in their art at a designated date and time, drop it off with all the necessary information and then leave. When they come back to the artists opening reception they are relaxed and ready to greet the public to talk about their art. Well, that is the normal process for most of the year, but not for May 2019 when Wailoa hosts its annual 10x10x10 Artists Challenge. Artists participating in this year’s challenge have had one year to develop and construct an installation for one of the ten spaces in the Main Gallery. Artist have only been able to use the defined nine materials plus their artist choice material and only four days to install their art in their assigned space. Anxiety and stress levels are high, even with a good plan because on site issues tend to create a whole new set of problems not encountered in the artist’s studio. This year’s roster of brave artists includes Liz Ambrose, Lahela Camara, Nidhi Chabora, Susan Champeny, Jan Perry-Clark, Nancy DeLucrezia, Shelly Hanaoka, Emily Leucht, Debbie Mitchell, NJ Moses and Kim Roland. The only materials they can use are wooden chopsticks, plastic clear water bottles, crayons, feathers, chicken wire, cardboard, white paint, PVC pipe, connectors/fasteners and their artist choice of a material which they have been asked to keep a secret until installation day.
There are two previous years where twenty artists have taken up the “Challenge” and are now alumni. Fifteen of these Alumni artists will occupy the Fountain Gallery and the Education Lanai on a much smaller scale using all the same materials and abiding by all the same rules as the Main Gallery artists. Those artists who choose to participate are Dover Abrams, Rose Barber Adare, Charlene Asato, Phan Barker, Baixin Chen, Bob Douglas, Joe Hampton, Codie King, Ben Krome, Jim Rhodes, Trudee Siemann, Shelby Smith, Karrieanne Turvey Warren, Patrick Warren and Jay West.
Wailoa Center will be open during the week of the exhibit installation starting April 29th, however, the Main Gallery will be closed to the public due to the chaos of installation and safety concerns. The galleries will re-open at the reception for the artists on Friday, May 3rd from 5 pm to 7pm. Artists will be introduced at 5:00 p.m. after which time the Main Gallery will be open to the public. Light refreshments will be offered. This event is free and open to the public. In addition, Saturday, May 4TH Wailoa Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the 10x10x10 artists being present for a gallery walk and talk with visitors from 10:00 a.m. to noon. There will be a demonstration later in the month on how to create chopstick structures by artist Susan Champeny on Thursday May 16TH from noon to 2:00 p.m.
Wailoa Center is a Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources. It is free and opened to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and State Holidays. For additional information please call 933-0416 or email email@example.com.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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