Hawaii Craftsmen's Fiber Hawaii 2020 is coming up soon! Entry date is on March 6, 2020, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., at the Gallery 'Iolani (45-720 Kea'ahala Rd. Kaneohe, HI 96744). Art works in any medium "in, of or about fiber" will be accepted in person for consideration. This subtitle is meant to encourage artists of any craft media to make artwork with a fiber sensibility. Artists have entered woven glass or clay, wood, and metal. Past entries include works of handmade paper, mixed media sculpture, basketry elements, stitchery, batik, surface design on textiles, and wearable art garments. Entries are open to statewide participants but neighbor islanders must mail their work to O'ahu for the jurying process. We are very excited that mother-daughter duo, Junco Sato Pollack (textile artist Professor Emeritus) and Maika Pollack (Director and Chief Curator John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries, Assistant Professor of Art History at UH Manoa) will jury this iteration of Fiber Hawaii.
Registration starts on February 6 and more details can be found on the Hawaii Craftsmen website at https://www.hawaiicraftsmen.org. To go directly to the prospectus please visit https://www.hawaiicraftsmen.org/page-1853282. We are honored that Gallery 'Iolani has agreed to host the exhibition as a part of their selective programming. The exhibition will run from April 3-May 3 2020, with an opening reception on Friday April 3 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Please come out and support the event--it promises to be a beautiful show, and will be special a chance to visit the majestic Windward Community College campus.
On March 9, at 6:30 pm at Luke Auditorium on Punahou School campus (1601 Punahou St. Honolulu, HI 96822) co-jurors Junco Sato Pollack and Maika Pollack share "A Multi-generational Conversation about the Significance of Textiles", framed through their familial relationship on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at Luke Auditorium, Wo International Center, Punahou School Campus. A reception at 5:30 p.m. will precede the lecture. Textile artist and Professor Emeritus Junco Sato Pollack (http://www.juncosatopollack.com/about/) will discuss life as an artist after retirement, and share work from her recent solo exhibitions, as well as new work on paper made from Kudzu fiber. Art historian and curator Maika Pollack (https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/art-historian-and-curator-maika-pollack-to-lead-university-of-hawaiis-art-spaces-12467/) brings a cross-disciplinary perspective to consider fiber art in the larger context of cultural production and the history of art.
We are also very excited that Molokai Art Center will host a half-day embroidery workshop lead by Junco Sato Pollack, entitled "Mandala of Peace".
More details of that are forthcoming--if you would like to know more about this workshop or any other aspects of the programming contact Fiber Hawaii 2020 program chair Maya Portner at email@example.com.
Attention all potters and raku lovers!
The 44th annual Raku Ho'olaule'a will be held Thursday, September 24-Sunday, September 27, 2020 at beautiful Camp Mokuleia on Oahu's north shore. Stay tuned for more details about the three-day festival and related activities in the Hawaii Craftsmen newsletter and website.
Spring Exhibitions and Events
Volcano Arts Center Gallery
Sharp Turns—The Creative Art of Woodturning
Aaron Hammer and Mark and Karen Stebbins
Continues through February 16, 2020
Margaret Barnaby (prints)
Emily Herb (ceramics)
February 22-March 29, 2020
Opening reception: Saturday, Feb. 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Koa Gallery, Kapi'olani CCBetween Words
Monte Costa and Janetta Napp
January 24-February 29, 2020
Donkey Mill Annual Art AuctionCelebrating 25 years of visionary arts and culture, the Donkey Mill invites you to Hawai’i Island’s premiere event for art enthusiasts and collectors to access a curated selection of works by established and emerging artists from Kona and beyond. The event will be held Saturday, February 29, 5:00-8:00 p.m., BMW of Hawaii, 74-5533 Loloku St. Kailua Kona, HI 96740. Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at https://secure.donkeymillartcenter.org/np/clients/donkeymillartcenter/event.jsp?forwardedFromSecureDomain=1&event=2203.
This year, come dressed to impress in your most festive white attire and we can toast to the past and the illuminated future of the Donkey Mill!
Tickets include pupu, drinks, interactive art, photo opportunities, and a digital catalog preview before the event.
The Art in the Everyday Community Quilt Project Goes to Chicago
The Art in the Everyday Community Quilt Project is a sculptural social engagement public work, facilitated through community engagement and created by the community. The project will be at the Women's Caucus for Art 2020 National Conference at Columbia College, Chicago, February 13-16, 2020.
“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.”
Hawaii Craftsmen member Derek Bencomo had all three of his entries accepted into the Hui Noeau Juried Members show. Derek also received an honorable mention for his piece for his large-scale kiawe wood sculpture, "Gift from the Sea". The exhibit runs from January 17-February 21, 2020 at the Hui Noeau Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI.Derek, along with Christopher Edwards (also an HC member; ceramics), has also been selected for the prestigious 2020 Biennial Exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, February 8-November 8, 2020.
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