Monday, August 27, 2012

Hui No'eau Welcomes Juror Rich Richardson

Hui No'eau is pleased to announce Rich Richardson, Executive Director of HAPA: Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts, Chinatown Artists Lofts & The Arts at Marks Garage, as the guest juror for its annual color-themed exhibition, this year’s beingInfinite Blue.”

“It is such an honor to be invited back to the great art, atmosphere, and family of friends at the Hui!” remarks Richardson, “‘Blue’ is such a luxurious point of departure for creating art...I love somber art, and funny art. I like art that mixes mediums or cultural references. Uniqueness, simplicity and surprise are key. Focus and skill are good too. Above all, enjoy the process!”

With a Masters degree in Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Studies from San Francisco State University, Rich has been a working artist in Hawaii for 18 years as a curator and consultant in public relations, exhibitions and performance programming. He was owner of pioneer Chinatown art gallery salon5, an adjunct Professor of Art at Hawaii Pacific University, and helped to establish First Friday Honolulu. Between 1994 and 1997 he was Exhibits Coordinator at Hui No'‘eau and recently received the Rotary Club Kalama Award with a proclamation from the Mayor of Honolulu for "Excellence in the Perpetuation of the Arts & Culture."

For the “Infinite Blue” exhibition, artists are invited to creatively interpret the primary color, which holds historical significance in art, culture, and politics. From religious figures like Mary and Shiva to Picasso's Blue Period to Delta blues music, this hue invokes coolness and electricity, melancholy and serenity, and appears in shades such as cobalt, ultramarine, and those found in our islands' water and sky. Past Hui No’eau color-themed exhibition jurors include sculptor Stephen Freedman for the 2011 “Visualizing Green” exhibition and Paia Contemporary Gallery Director Lauren Harris for 2009’s “Primarily Red.”

Infinite Blue - A Community Art Making Challenge
October 6 - November 10, 2012
Receiving Day: Monday, September 24 / 9am-5pm / Solarium
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 / 5-7pm
Prospectus & entry form: download at

Lecture with the Juror: Monday, September 24 / 5:30-6:30 pm / FREE / Media Lab
Rich will present a slideshow and speak about how art has been used to change Honolulu's Chinatown neighborhood.

This exhibition is generously supported by Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Hawaii's air-tour leader for over 25 years.

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