Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen members. I suspect many of us take for granted the well-established programs offered by our organization - including the Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition, Aha Hana Lima Artists Workshops, Raku Ho`olaule`a, and the biennial Fiber Show - but the fact is, these flagship events don’t just happen. Each one of them involves careful planning and skilled execution by HC board members and other member volunteers. Several years ago, former board president Kay Mura wrote in this space, “It would be unfortunate to see Hawaii Craftsmen disappear but it’s a definite possibility if more of the membership doesn’t step up to help. We need new people to provide the leadership that keeps Hawaii Craftsmen a force in the community.” What Kay expressed then still very much applies. Our organization, which has nurtured and promoted Hawaii’s diverse craft community in good times and bad over the course of 50 years, absolutely depends on its members’ skill sets, enthusiasm, and commitment to continue producing quality programs and services.
The HC Board of Directors currently has several openings and we are seeking nominations for new board members. Perhaps you have had questions about how the organization conducts it business, or suggestions on ways it can improve its offerings. Well, now is the time to step up and get involved in the governance of HC. Remember, HC is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization. No one can do this but ourselves and in Kay’s words, “…it will only happen if you say yes…”
We will present a slate of board officers and other board nominees at the next annual meeting. Please consider “throwing your hat in the ring” - or suggest names of potential candidates who may not be HC members - by contacting me, other board members, or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
HAWAII CRAFTSMEN 50TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION
Honolulu Museum of Art School
CALL TO ARTISTS
Artwork by Harue McVay and photography by Jon Rawlings
Registration open on www.callforentry.org
Molokaʻi & Lanaʻi: Online jurying only
Hawaiʻi Is.: Oct. 16 Intake, jurying & juror lecture
Maui: Oct. 17 Intake, jurying & juror lecture
Kauaʻi: Oct. 18 Intake, jurying & juror lecture
Oʻahu: Oct. 18 Intake, Oct. 19 Jurying
Oct. 20, 5:30-6:30 pm
HAWAII CRAFTSMEN 50TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION
Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30 pm
IMMERSIVE MASTER CLASSES WITH MAGDALENE ODUNDO
CALL TO ARTISTS FOR A JURIED SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS
Cultural Crossroads & the Urban Environment
October 2-6, 2017
Nature & Geographies
October 10-14, 2017
Image courtesy of Magdalene Odundo and Ben Boswell.
Applications accepted on www.callforentry.org
July 1-31, 2017
Notifications to participate: August 15, 2017
WET CLAY DEMO BY MAGDALENE ODUNDO
October 1, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm
Honolulu Museum of Art School
October 9, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm
Volcano Art Center
Free and open to the public
The American Craft Council’s four annual, juried craft shows convene a vibrant community of more than 1,500 of the country’s most talented craft artists – ranging from those just beginning their careers to masters in the field – and reach nearly 50,000 attendees each year. Exhibiting artists represent the broad aesthetic, technical, and material diversity of the craft field, from age-old traditions to cutting-edge technologies. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a spectacular season showcasing the highest quality craft in the country.
39th Annual “Commitment to Excellence” Art Exhibition CALL FOR ENTRIES
Honolulu Museum of Art School
Should you have any questions, please contact the HJCC Office at (808) 949-5531.
2nd Annual Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition
Follow this link for more information about the upcoming Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibit! Mahalo for your support.https://hawaiicraftsmen2017.artcall.org/
NEW "GET READY" GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR ARTISTS
CERF+ announces new “Get Ready” Grants to help artists working in craft disciplines safeguard their studios and protect their careers. Up to 10 grants will be awarded on a competitive basis in two grant cycles to eligible artists towards the purchase of goods or services that will have a direct impact on increasing their emergency readiness. Deadline: August 15, 2017.
For 50 years, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen has relied on the generosity of members, supporters, and volunteers like you, who have helped us accomplish our mission to serve as an integral part of the fine craft community, promote fine crafts throughout the state, and support our community of member artists. Help Hawaiʻi Craftsmen continue the sustainability and growth of its programs and events today by making a tax-deductible monetary contribution—however large or small— by sending us a check or contributing online.
The board is currently seeking nominations for the executive position of President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. The President is the principle executive officer of the organization; presides at all meetings of the members and of the Board of Directors; is primary signatory to contracts and documents; and, in general, supervises the activities and operations of Hawaiʻi Craftsmen. The Treasurer oversees the financial operations of the organization. These positions require excellent leadership, organizational and people skills, as well as a strong understanding of fine craft arts.
Please send your recommendations/nominations (self-nominations are welcome) and brief biographical information of potential candidates to Terry Savage, Acting President, at email@example.com
As a volunteer organization, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen relies on the active participation of its members in volunteering for a wide range of tasks that help us deliver our programs to members and the community. Please consider volunteering as a coordinator or member on one of the following committees. To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE COMMITTEE
Committee members should have interest/experience in membership development and will assist in membership outreach, building greater active membership, and soliciting updates of member contact and interests information.
Committee members should have interest/experience in organizing volunteers; gathering data on volunteer skills, interests, and expertise; and working with program chairs and event coordinators to contact, solicit, and schedule volunteers.
Committee members should have an interest/experience in fundraising, particularly in working with donors and corporate sponsors. Members will be tasked with developing sponsorship packages, with outreach to potential donors and corporate sponsors, and with soliciting gifts in kind and/or monetary donations for programs and events.
To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.
Do you have any photographs, newspaper articles, program files, or other information from past Hawaii Craftsmen events? We would love to centralize our archives and fill in any missing holes in our history. Please contact us at info@hawaiicraftsmen or call us at (808) 521-3282.
Is your work in an upcoming exhibit? Do you know of a lecture or event that might be of interest to our membership? Please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 14th for inclusion in the next newsletter.
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Cedar Street Galleries
July 14th – August 20th, 2017
Second Floor @ Cedar Street Galleries presents: an invitational show of work by members of the Hawai’i Craftsmen, in celebration of the organization’s 50th year.
Second Floor @ Cedar Street Galleries will be hosting a show featuring members of Hawai’I Craftsmen, in celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary. Artists include Kenny Kicklighter, Jackie Mild Lau, Francisco Clemente, and Lynn Liverton, to name just a few of the 20 artists participating.
Opening reception will be July 14th, from 5:30-8pm, free and open to the public. The show will run through August 20th.
Gallery hours: Monday thru Saturday 11-5. Closed Sundays.
Artworks in the show can also be viewed online at: www.cedarstreetgalleries.com.
Body of Work
Since Paleolithic peoples carved female fertility symbols from stone, we have been fascinated by our own image, and are driven to represent that form in art. Self-representation helped our ancestors create meaning in a dangerous, unknown world, and artists today use the human form to communicate desires, ideologies, and individual and cultural experiences.
These primarily American and European paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper, drawn from the museum’s modern and contemporary collection, focus on the human figure in classically inspired works as well as personal and experimental pieces that challenge viewers’ preconceptions. See works by such artists as Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Robert Colescott, Robert Mapplethorpe, Vik Muniz, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and Tom Wesselmann that deal with themes such as religion and spirituality, identity, gender, and politics.
This was the final collection-based exhibition organized by Curator of Contemporary Art James Jensen, who sadly passed away in April. His knowledge of the collection, attention to detail, and dedication to the museum will never be forgotten.
“TREE OF LIFE,” VLADIMIR PUCHKOVSKI, UZBEKISTAN, CONTEMPORARY, BATIK COLLAGE
Tree of LifeOn view June 4 - September 10, 2017
East-West Center Gallery,
This exhibition showcases diverse objects from 20 Asian countries. Although the emphasis is on textiles there are also examples of the Tree of Life image in a multitude of media including paintings, ceramics, basketry, metal work, jewelry, lacquer, stone, wood, and leather. The aim of the exhibition is to create awareness about the importance of ecology to stimulate creativity as well as to highlight cultural understanding and sustainability.
Free admission, open to the public
Paper Processes, Hawai‘i Crafts I + Garden Reflections
April 13, 2017 - July 21, 2017 Paper Processes: Works by Denise Karabinus, Paula Nokes, and Nisha Pinjani
Paula Nokes, Stained in Blue
Hawai‘i Crafts I: Fiber, Glass, Wood, and Metal from the Collection of Honolulu Museum of Art
Comprised of works selected from the museum’s collection by curator of contemporary art Jay Jensen, this exhibition highlights some of the best contemporary craft work in Hawai‘i, and is the first in a two-part series highlighting the museum’s strong collection of craft-based work. These exhibitions acknowledge and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hawai‘i Craftsmen organization and its commitment to the art and artists of Hawai‘i.
Garden Reflections: Ceramics by Yoko Haar and Licia McDonald
This exhibition presents wall-mounted ceramic works by Honolulu artist Yoko Haar and Kaua‘i artist Licia McDonald. Haar is known for her subtly toned, delicate tiled pieces which incorporate repeated patterns and textures, while McDonald’s brightly colored, whimsical works are recognizable for soft white edges and undulating forms that allude to petals, plant life, or fantasy.
Kaluanui Centennial: 10x10
Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
Fri, May 26, 2017 - Sat, Jul 22, 2017
A retrospective of Honolulu artist Esther Nowell’s decades-long career including sketches, watercolors, ceramics and more.
Louis Pohl Gallery, 1142 Bethel Street, Chinatown
Roberta Griffith | Unpleasant Conversations
The John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery
July 28 to November 12, 2017
Opening Reception for general pubic:
I have incorporated image transfers into my ceramic work since the 1970s. Research for my current project started three years ago when I began painting abstract compositions with underglaze colors, including text, on thin porcelain sheets, then kiln-firing them for permanence. Titled, The NO Series, the text consisted of one word, which began with NO and expanded to include the words NEVER, NOT, NOPE, NOTHING and NO-NO. These negatives are a visual response to natural and man-made disasters, political and social conflicts, and incivilities that plague our contemporary world.
Unpleasant Conversations consists of white porcelain plates and cups installed in the gallery. Decals made from four black ink NO Series drawings are attached to the plates and cups though kiln-firing. While the cups are installed in disarray on a black table in the center of the gallery, the plates are installed on a yellow band encircling the area. The yellow band, which recalls a yellow caution tape, is bisected by a continuing red line with an arrow that delineates space in various ways. First, as a reference to the horizon line, and therefore, distant space; second, as part of an encircling band, which wraps around and encloses the space encouraging conversation; and third, as an arrow which directs the eye around the area. Normally red signals stop, or the ceasing of movement, yet here it acts to encourage the viewers’ movement around the gallery.
The idea of conversation is further examined through variations of the text. The printed words act as declarations, but also as responses, echoes or even yells, among the plates and the cups or among people. The simple black panels with white text on the circular plates and cups, coupled with the communal reference to the sharing of food and drink, pull people in. At the same time, the words on these everyday objects push people away, reflecting the overwhelming negativity, divisiveness and hostility often found in society today.
We are making sure that we have all members' current contact information to keep everyone informed and up to date on Hawaii Craftsmen events and opportunities. We are also tracking members' preferred art medium to help us make decisions about what programs to provide. Please take the time to sign in at Hawaiicraftsmen.org, update your contact information, and adjust your membership level or status as needed, so we can serve you better!
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM
“In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries.”
Help us celebrate Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary Year. In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries. We hope that you will see the mutual benefits of these Strategic Partnerships. Ideally we can begin an on-going working relationship to mutually support and promote Hawaii’s fine craft artists working primarily in functional and non-functional 2- and 3 dimensional art in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media.
We are accepting proposals for exhibits, art events, awards, and workshops. A limited number of awards remain available for additional partnerships.
Our over-arching goal is to celebrate and promote public art exhibitions, art displays, and events featuring fine craft arts and artists and to support artists working in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media through formal and informal workshops and educational opportunities.
Potential partners should submit an application at least 3 months in advance of your planned project. We are hopeful that together we can increase the appreciation and support of fine craft art throughout the state and beyond!
CONGRATULATIONS TO HAWAII ISLAND ARTS ALLIANCE, HAWAII POTTERS GUILD, UH ART GALLERY-UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, CURRENT RECIPIENTS OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AWARDS.STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
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“Your involvement is vital to continue to make Hawai'i Craftsmen a success.”
The 2017 annual meeting has been rescheduled to October. The date and venue will be announced once they have been confirmed.
Hawaii Craftsmen meets the Third Wednesday of the month and the meeting is open to members. If you would like to attend, please sign up at Hawaiicraftsmen.org under Events.