Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 15 with Dougherty: Art & Nature for Kids

Three school groups joined us at the Hui today for “Explore & Discover” field trips designed in conjunction with Dougherty’s artist residency. Nearly 40 children worked with Hui teaching artists Shay Hoffer & Curtis Yu to create artwork inspired by nature, learn about invasive species from MISC education specialist Lissa Fox Strohecker, take a tour of the Visualizing Green exhibition in our main gallery, meet & greet a featured artist exhibited in the show, enjoy a Stickwork demo with Dougherty’s art assistant, Nathalie Nunez, and be amongst the first to experience a walk-through of the larger-than-life sculpture, which will be formally unveiled to the public at tomorrow’s blessing & opening celebration. Students were beside themselves with excitement as they had a chance to meet Patrick Dougherty, take pictures in front of the work of art and have Stickwork books signed. It was a fitting addition to the level of energy, excitement and productivity as we all work together to complete the sculpture before Patrick’s departure on Saturday morning. Only 1 day to go! A bittersweet reality.

Keiki pose with their new "Wrapped up in Nature" workshop creations

Nunez asks the group to guess what kind of invasive species we're using today in the sculpture

Caroline Killhour addresses the group, responding to oodles of questions about her artwork in the Visualizing Green exhibition

Maizie Sanford stops by to visit the sculpture...and her mother's childhood home, the Hui!

Mahalo to today's Stickwork crew:
Birgitte Golden
Chet Witek
Jenny-li Hellsen
Julia Baldwin
Kathy Yoo
Nicklaus Yoo
Steve Yoo
Taylor Nevhoff
Bill Worcester
Frank Kane
Hanna Hammerli
Irene Gombac
Judy Bisgard
Nathalie Nunez
Patrick Dougherty
Ryan Rea

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