Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Week in Kids

Yes, we’re ankle deep in Art Affair preparations (our biggest fundraiser of the year), the Hui No‘eau Annual Juried Exhibition (our most competitive show of the year), and the launch of 64 spring classes & visiting artist workshops- but we’re always hungry for more! This week we are pleased to host 2 Seabury Hall Winterim groups in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to expand students’ understanding, appreciation, and support of each other and the local and global community. Mahalo to teaching artists Luana Coonen, Nathalie Nunez, Erica Franz and Barbara Liniger for your spirited and vigorous work during these 8 intensive workshops and to Seabury teachers Harriet Huff & Gayle Martelles for your prized support.

A big mahalo to Lissa Fox Strohecker, Education Specialist at Maui Invasive Species Committee, for dropping some knowledge at the Hui this week during a Stickwork-inspired field trip with Big Island’s Hawa’i Preparatory Academy! Also, to Hui teaching artist Erica Franz for her imaginative vision in leading the group through a 2-hour found object basket weaving workshop. We love the fact that teens are flying in from other islands to check out this amazing sculpture and learn more about what it means for our ‘aina!

And finally, mahalo to Katie Lutz and Sue Hudelson for your sequential-based classes with our Maui youth this session. Each of you are making a profound impact on the lives of these children, their families and the future of our community. Plus…it’s pretty awesome having all of these rad kids around all the time!

Hammer time in the Jewelry Studio

Nunez talks emulsion in the Litho Studio

T-Shirt Boot Camp, silkscreen style

Lissa chats about invasive strawberry guava & our project with Patrick Dougherty

One student's found-object basket...pretty snazzy!

Independent Potter ("IP") Barbara Liniger throws with Seabury in the Ceramics Studio

After only 2 hours of practice...not too shabby, ladies!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hui + MOS = Good Times!

We're thrilled to once again be partnering with Maui Open Studios, which will kick off its Upcountry weekend February 18th & 19th!

“We are the perfect fit for one another and we are looking forward to growing together to make our annual event better and better each year," remarks organizer Carolyn Quan on partnering with the Hui, "Educating the art-buying public about how the artists create their work and how they get their inspiration is one of the goals of the event. By partnering with Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center we feel like we've created a good solid foundation for this from the beginning. We look forward to a long, supportive relationship with the Hui over the coming years.”

Now in its 2nd year, Maui Open Studios offers artists an organized opportunity to open their studio doors to the general public during three featured weekends. Artists pay a small fee to be included in a printed program complete with maps, bios and samples of their work, plus a large website to reinforce the printed piece.

"This event is a great way to engage visitors & community in the Hui's Open Studio program. Access to work space is such a big issue for artists, both on Maui and beyond. For many, the Hui studios provide the only access to tools, equipment, space and artistic exchange. The result is a tight-knit community of artists that are accustomed to sharing their processes and stories with the public and with one another. We look forward to the opportunity to offer Maui Open Studios visitors a very unique experience when they spend time with us this weekend!" (- Hui No‘eau)

Hui No‘eau is open Saturday & Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm and will feature nearly 20 of the Upcountry Maui Open Studio artists. Entry is free, as always, and also offers walking tours of the historic house & grounds, the 2012 Annual Juried Exhibition in the main gallery, Patrick Dougherty's larger-than-life "On the Wild Side" Stickwork sculpture, and more.

Maui Open Studios Weekend #2: North & Upcountry
Saturday-Sunday, February 18-19, 2012 / 11am – 6pm / FREE
Visit Hui artists and art demonstrations in our Jewelry, Ceramic and Printmaking Open Studios. MOS is a unique, vibrant event modeled after a very successful concept and tradition that has been enjoyed by the public for free throughout California and other art-appreciating states across the country for many decades. Experience the creativity that the art community on Maui has to offer at this very special event for both artists and art-collectors alike.

Participating in 2012—
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center: Jewelry Open Studio
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center: Ceramic Open Studio
Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center: Printmaking Open Studio

Carolyn Quan, Photo Collage and Mixed Media
Kathleen Alexander, Watercolors
Tania Arens, Printmaker / Tattoo Artist
Victoria Bakshi Yudis, Abstract Design in Ink & Acrylic
Eve Black Jewelry, Jewelry Artist
Cee, MFA / Painter
d’Avignon d’esigns, Woven Beadwork with Gemstones and Pearls
Christina DeHoff, Oil Painter
Stephen Hynson, Studio Furniture
Mike and Toby Neal, Woodwork, Lampwork Bead Jewelry, Photography
Lynette Pradiga, Expressionist, Impressionist, Abstract Painter
Jim Smith, Mixed Media Artist Wood and Glass
Janet Summers, Oil Painting
Kim Thomson-Kerr, Art Skirts Made from Recycled Fabrics
Jennifer Throne, Whimsical Gourd Creations Sculpture, Mixed Media
Lori L Wylie, Textured / Painted Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Artist Announcement: 2012 Solo Artist Exhibition

Hui No‘eau is proud to announce its exhibition committee selections for the 2012 Solo Artist Exhibition: Big Island's Valerie Yong Ock Kim and Maui's own Billy Welker.

The open call-to-artists for this unique exhibition yielded numerous proposals from artists representing a wide range of ideas, methods and artistic media. One of the only of its kind in the state of Hawai‘i, this highly respected exhibition provides emerging as well as established artists the unique opportunity to be intricately involved in all facets of planning and installing a completely new body of work. It has been instrumental in furthering the careers and artistic growth of those selected, with a roster that most recently includes Tim Garcia, Margo Ray, Eli Baxter, Jaisy Hanlon, Sydney Yee, Kevin Omuro and Scott Groeniger— each an important part of our community arts conversation.

Valerie Yong Ock Kim, from Hawai‘i Island, will present "LIGHT SPEED MATTER, A STILL PLACE WAITING," featuring vivid, kinetic images in photographic archival pigment prints, video and cast glass that explore concepts of light and matter in the context of time and the human experience. Valerie has degrees in psychology and public health and when not pursuing personal work, is a Union Location Manager in Los Angeles for feature films.

With "Configuration," Maui artist Billy Welker presents a continuing exploration, in honest and sculptural oil paintings on wood, of the figure and the portrait as objects and vessels of humanness. Billy studied Fine Arts in Detroit and is a retired carpenter and general contractor by trade.

Upon completion of each new body of work, this public exhibition will be on view August 11 - September 21, 2012. Congratulations, Ms. Kim and Mr. Welker!

Read more:
About the 2011 artists
2011 Opening
2010 Announcement
2009 Announcement
About the 2009 Artists

Artist Billy Welker

Artist Valerie Yong Ock Kim