A SOLEMN SALUTE TO CAPT. JEROME R. HECK
It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to Captain Jerome R. Heck, a long time Hawaii Craftsmen member and friend to the Hawaii art community. Jerome, who passed away on May 7, 2017, was an American studio ceramist living and working in the hills of Pupukea near Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He was greatly admired by his peers and art lovers everywhere for his hand built and wheel thrown functional and non-functional sculptural ceramics. At times raku-fired, at time gas-fired, his work conveyed a sense of timelessness in its form, unique colorations, and textured surfaces.
Jerome was honored with multiple purchase awards by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and won numerous awards in juried exhibitions throughout his art career. His work has been published in RAKU- A Review of Contemporary Work (1994) and Raku second edition (2005).
Jerome grew up in rural South Dakota and received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. During his years as a career Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer he earned a Master of Science degree in Oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Shortly before his retirement from active duty, Jerome started taking wheel classes from Sally Fletcher Murchison at Hickam AFB. He was a quick study. Out of curiosity, he attended a Raku Hoolaulea event in 1990, and that was it for him.
In Jerome’s own words, from his feature in the book Raku: A Review of Contemporary Work, by Tim Andrews, he said:
“I like to think about Japanese raku by making tea bowls, but my work does not reflect their traditions. Clay allows me to do something that is truly my own expression, and reap the pleasure when others enjoy the work. For me, raku was an awakening of a spirit inside, something unexplainable.”
This does indeed reflect the inimitable spirit that infused his work and his life. It was a privilege to know him and to work with him, and the universe is poorer for his passing. He will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and the Oahu art community at large.
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 email@example.com as soon as possible.
The 41st annual Raku Ho‘olaule‘a ceramics workshop, firing and campout was recently held in a beautiful beach side setting at Camp Mokule‘ia, and will be followed by a juried exhibit of art works created at the event.
Selected works from the campout in traditional and contemporary Raku categories will be on display at Gallery `Iolani, Windward Community College. Distinguished artist and educator Shigeru Miyamoto will serve as the contemporary Raku juror, Marilyn Tamoe Naka will serve as the traditional juror.
Friday September 8 to Sunday October 8
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
October 9, 2017
Free and open to the public
The annual meeting at which board members and officers will be elected for the coming year is scheduled Friday, July 7, 5-7pm at Hawaii Craftsmen’s office at 1110 Nuuanu AVe. Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting is open to all Hawaii Craftsmen members and details will be posted on the website shortly.
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 acceptable) and brief biographical information of potential candidates to Terry Savage, Acting President, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com by June 14th for inclusion in the next newsletter.
Your HC Social Media team is increasing our presence on the internet!
@hawaiicraftsmen #hawaiicraftsmen #hawaiicraftsmenmember
Tag us with your work-in-progress photos, your studio shots, your current shows, your inspirations! We’ll be happy to repost them on the IG page!
Group Page on Facebook:
Send your request to join in the discussion then,
Post upcoming shows & events you’d like to share, post a view from your studio, post questions for other members, and make connections :) We’ll help share those posts and get the word out.
We have that, too!
“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.
HC Strategic Partnership Beneficiary: Wailoa Center, Hawaii Island
Hawaii Craftsmen is pleased to announce a Strategic Partnership Beneficiary - Wailoa Center on Hawaii Island.
-The 2nd Annual Contemporary Craft Juried Exhibition Sept. 2017, facilitated by the Hawaii Island Art Alliance.
-Open to all state residents (s/h paid by each artist to and from Wailoa Center)
-Online submissions at www.artcall.org (prospectus soon) deadline Aug. 18 / jurying notifications Aug. 21
-Entry discount for Hawaii Craftsmen members
-Intake Sunday Sept. 3 on site, shipped submissions arrive between Aug 28 & Sept 1.
-Reception Fri. Sept. 8, 5-7pm
Wailoa Center is a Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources. Its circular building is comprised of two galleries that hold month-long art and cultural exhibits which are free and opened to the public.
Hawai'i Craftsmen active members can now submit an application to be featured as “Artist of the Month.” For more information email Juvana Soliven at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Out of the Box! - Artist of the Month: Deanna Gabiga
With the renovations at the Arts at Marks, Hawaii Craftsmen no longer has the glassed display box. HC members now have a much larger space in which to play! Industrial brick walls, bigger window spaces, high ceilings, and an outdoor space options. Let’s be creative!
Deanna Gabiga, StudioDeanna had the inaugural opportunity to hang her hand-crocheted copper wire sculpture pieces at ROC (Real Office Centers) where our board meetings are held & John Friend accomplishes much for our organization. He introduced her to Celine who manages the space for all of the businesses utilizing the ROC.
On a daily basis the ROC space does serve a different customer base than the window box at The Arts at Marks Garage, which can be an advantage. HC members can still reach the First Friday crowds by coordinating openings for your displayed works. Between the inside conference area and the outdoor space, a reasonable Opening Reception could easily be accomplished. Celine from ROC was very supportive and had suggested this herself. She helped ensure Deanna had a good experience hanging her work. They do have a ladder available on site, also.
There are several box pillars with covers available for more traditional settings. When displaying your work, please be respectful of the space, the paths in which people walk, and leave the space as unmarked as possible for the next artist.
So who’s next?
Contact JuvanaSoliven (at) hawaiicraftsmen dot org
Real Office Centers (ROC) is located at 1110 Nuuanu Ave.
For Fiber Artists who work with indigo-you might be interested in this study group that is forming:
Many of us have been frustrated by the conflicting and often unreliable information available concerning the growing and use of Japanese tadeai indigo (Persicaria tinctoria, a.k.a., Polygonum tinctortium ) in North America, so a few of us decided to band together and try our hand at finding growing methods that work well in different regions of the United Sates. Toward this end, we will be making a good-hearted attempt to remove as many variables from the process as we are able in our attempts to gather and standardize the information we plan to present here. In addition, our goal is to perform several experiments with the results of our harvest, and then as a group test the fastness of our colors to repeated washings, sun exposure, and crocking.
Whether you are part of the immediate group or not, your suggestions and questions are always welcome, along with any personal experiences on the subject you may care to share.
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.”
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.