Friday, January 18, 2013

Hui Announces Black & White Photography Exhibition

Photo by Matthew Thayer, Maui News
In our modern world of fast moving images and bold colors we seldom take a moment to pause and look deeper at the form and rhythm of the world around us. OK artists – now is your chance to capture these moments in time and share them with our Maui ‘oaha!

Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center is proud to present an open call to artists for its annual media-based exhibition, this year focusing on photography, with “The New Black: Black & White Photography Exhibition.” Featuring guest juror and Maui artist icon Darrell Orwig, the goal of this unique juried exhibition is to challenge artists to take pause and explore beyond the realm of color into shades of gray from the deepest blacks to the brightest whites. Both digital and film based prints will be considered – (yes, even smartphone prints!)

“One of my hopes is that people see this as an opportunity to do something they have taken for granted, capture a moment, find an old photograph and re-purpose it, dig into their slide and film archives and recreate a new present from that old past. There’s lots of room for interpretation here,” remarks the juror.

Orwig has worked with photography since 1969, the same year he graduated from Chico State College and moved to Oahu with wife Mary to become a civilian arts and craft instructor at Schofield Barracks on Oahu. He has taught photography for the Honolulu Academy of Arts Extension Services Program, Maui Community College, Seabury Hall and Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center. His 2011 retrospective exhibition “Waltzing With Time and Place” at Hui No’eau received critical acclaim for “focusing on the miracle of what is right before our eyes,” a relevant compliment for the job at hand of jurying the forthcoming “The New Black” exhibition.

The Hui is such such an integral part of the community -  and an important part, I can’t imagine Maui without it” remarks Orwig, “It is a place that offers an opportunity to learn about the range and scope of what the visual arts can be. Over the 30+ years that I have been involved with the institution, it has over time become a bastion of artistic integrity in terms of the quality of what we present. It’s a place where opportunity thrives; this is the place to find out what to do with your creativity. This is the place to unleash the secret artist that is lurking someplace in our shadows – let that artist out of the bag!”

Receiving day for this open-call exhibition is Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at the Hui, which is located at 2841 Baldwin Avenue in Makawao. Please visit or call (808) 572-6560 ext. 26 with questions.

The New Black: Black & White Photography Exhibition
March 9 – May 3, 2013
Receiving day: Wednesday, Feb. 27th
Juror: Darrell Orwig

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