Friday, April 24, 2009

Two weeks 'til Jewelry as Fashion!

There's been a lot of buzz here at Hui No`eau surrounding the upcoming "Jewelry" luncheon, which will feature Hui artists and staff in a fully choreographed fashion show, opportunities to meet with jewelers one-on-one to design your very own pieces, playful party games, music, a gourmet lunch and a super-fun, extravagant setup on the great lawn of Hui No`eau. 

Special Projects Coordinator Allie McMillan has been working tirelessly with guest choreographer Andre Morisette to run rehearsals and juggle textiles, costumes, favors and flavors; Exhibitions Coordinator Marcy Lynn and her trusty team of volunteers are in the gallery hanging the Student Salon Exhibition, which will be on view during the special event; Events Coordinator Keri Meyer's phone is ringing off the hook with ticket orders while she juggles jewelers coming in daily to buff & shine their latest submissions- it's all so exciting!

If you haven't done so already, please consider purchasing your tickets today. Come on out & support your local community of artists- and do it in style! We can't wait to see you there.

Selected Jewelry as Fashion Artists:

Julie Matheis earned her bachelors degree in Jewelry & Metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since then she has shown her award-winning work internationally through exhibitions, magazines, and books. She also has a tropical collection available at various island stores. Julie enjoys sharing her knowledge of metals through teaching at the Hui and has educated individuals at Lillstreet Art Center, and Artful Gatherings in Chicago. "I enjoy introducing various materials into my work because of their tactile qualities and associative implications. The reconfiguration of pre-existing objects proposes a more intimate and poetic dialogue, with open interpretations. Every observer may contemplate meanings more intuitively by recollection of their own knowledge or experience".
Maui goldsmith and master jewelry designer, David L. Welty, is an international award-winning artist in precious metals. After receiving his Master's Degree in Design from the University of Minnesota, David teaches jewelry design at the Hui and has been a practicing goldsmith for more than 25 years. His made-on-Maui creations have a distinctive style and a classic look and are enjoyed by jewelry patrons around the world. David's commitment to quality and enduring designs makes his timeless creations a pleasure to wear.
A featured Hui teaching artist since 1982, J.B. Rea has been producing jewelry and hollowware of the finest quality for over 30 years. Educated and trained in the tradition of fine European silversmiths, J.B. brings the past to the present with his virtuosity as a craftsman. He began his design education with a B.F.A. in Industrial Design at the University of Illinois. At the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Craftsman he received a M.F.A. in Silversmithing.
"The journey (of designing jewelry) began for me at the local visual arts center, Hui No'eau in Makawao, Maui. There I met J.B. Rea, head of the jewelry department, a highly respected master silversmith and also the most dedicated teacher I had ever encountered. Under his tutelage I discovered a craft that allowed me the expressive freedom I'd been looking for.  Evening classes turned into day classes and then weeks-long workshops and an apprenticeship. Jewelry has become an all-encompassing passion. Today, my jewelry finds its way into the lives of a wide range of clientele…with designs (that) will always continue to evolve, just as I do." - Noryne Taylor, student of J.B.'s
Raised on Maui along with her three older brothers, Tatiana Howard is an avid windsurfer and self-proclaimed "water addict," – regularly surfing, kite surfing, tow in surfing, and any thing else she can get her hands on.  A current student of University of Hawaii, she works to achieve a balance between her education, sports and to "just be creative with good energy." "I am really excited that a piece of jewelry that I made was chosen to be apart of this upcoming jewelry exhibition and show held at the Hui!  This is my first time entering into an art exhibition and I have to say it feels pretty good when you're accepted! I am so happy.  I will also be a part of the fashion show so that is exciting as well!  I am curious how this fashion show will be, what I will do and wear! :)" 

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