Friday, October 28, 2011

Visualizing Green: Just 2 Weeks Left!

On Saturday, October 22nd, Hui No`eau continued its FREE Artist Talk program by hosting its second artist walk-through of the current Visualizing Green exhibition (on view through November 12th). Participating artists included Kathy Sakai ("Green Scape"), Tony Walholm ("The Green Heart of the Rainforest, the Breath of Life") and Jon Graham ("Green Light"), who shared insights about their work, including inspiration, techniques, thoughts on the "green" theme, and much more.

The dialogue between the artists and visitors stretched beyond just the artwork on the wall. Mixed-media painter Kathy Sakai started by describing a material called yupo, an extremely malleable surface which after painting and drawing upon, slowly extracts color and depth — a process of removing and showing what underneath. Kathy revealed that she'd used only blue and yellow paint, letting her materials guide her.

Hui instructor and renowned painter Tony Walholm had come prepared with close to ten pages of notes, explaining his painting's symbolism and representation of a river flowing through the rain forest powered with the breath of life. Tony also spoke about his method as an artist and his eternal inspiration, master painter Wassily Kandinsky — painting as a philosophy of breaking the bounds of the ego and coming from the purest spiritual self that is inside all of us.

Finally, Jon Graham presented his painting of one of our island's landmarks, an old cane shed just above Skill Village in Paia. His piece was inspired by the color green, the simple beauty of the structure and its irregularities, and the history of the industry it represents, lending a special significance to Maui residents who've seen major changes occur on the island over time. Jon also talked about the source material used to create his picture frame, handmade from wood found by the ocean.

Stay tuned for more opportunities for Maui's art community to meet Hui's exhibiting artists at these free walk-through's during our highly anticipated Hui No‘eau Annual Juried Exhibition 2012", in January.

Read about previous Artist Talk here.
Read more about the exhibition on our website.

Mahalo to Claudio Marchetti for his report!

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