July 2018


Message from the President

Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen Members,


It is with great sorrow and heartfelt loss that I share news of Kay Mura’s passing. Grief struck Hawaii Craftsmen and the Hawaii Art community as news of Kay moved through our communities. 

The family has shared the following message. 

Sayoko Kay Mura passed peacefully at sunset on July 4th.  She was surrounded by friends and family.  Mariko & Marco were with her until the very end.  They will have a celebration of Kay’s life at a later date.

On behalf of the board I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and those close to Kay. Kay was a beloved artist, educator and arts supporter. She was a champion for the arts and a driving force behind Hawaii Craftsmen. Kay’s passing will continue to be felt in the visual art community in Hawaii for some time.

We will share any news as it becomes available to us.

Aloha

Mark Mitsuda
President
Hawaii Craftsmen

president@hawaiicraftsmen.org


Fiber Hawaii 2018

AUGUST 25TH - SEPTEMBER 9TH

HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL
1111 VICTORIA St, HONOLULU, HAWAII 96814

Fiber Hawai'i is offered every other year. This exhibition encourages participation from artists in all media who wish to explore fiber related work. In this case fiber as a media as well as fiber as an idea is encouraged. The juror also presents a slide lecture about their work or developments in the field, which is free and open to the public. When appropriate, a workshop is also offered.

FIBER ARTISTS WANTED!

Fiber Hawaii 2019 is coming soon! Warp your loom, pulp your paper, wax, print, paint, embroider, quilt, sew or otherwise embellish your fabric! Entries in all media are welcome as long as they reference a “fiber sensibility”. We welcome entries such as woven glass, metal, wood or ceramics, baskets, traditional lauhala hats or kapa! Fiber Hawaii has been a biannual juried exhibit since 1982! Thirty six years ago, when I was president of Hawaii Craftsmen, my friend Shore Hodge Brenner and I sent out an invitation to sculptors, wood workers, ceramists, photographers etc. to encourage them to try their hand at creating something “in, of or about fiber”. We had a great response and a very exciting exhibit at the AmFac Gallery. Over the years the venue has changed a few times but the theme has remained the same.
This year we are lucky to be able to use the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery.

Participants must register online through the Hawaii Craftsmen website prior to the art intake day of August 20th. No need for photos or complicated instructions! We just need your title and information so we can quickly print up the catalog etc. You can also pay online. See the prospectus for all details.

Our juror, Tom Klobe, will judge the work in person. Tom is well known in the art community here as the retired director of the University of Hawaii art gallery. He has curated a number of exciting fiber shows and he will share his experiences in a lecture titled “Models of Collaboration” on August 30 at 6:30 PM in room 101 at the Honolulu Museum School. He will also give a walk through talk of the exhibit at 5:00 PM, just prior to the opening on August 24th .

The details:

Online Registration opens July 23rd.
Neighbor island entrants must mail work to arrive by August 18th Art Intake at the Museum Gallery: August 20 from 4-7 PM
Jurying: August 21
Return of entries not accepted: August 21, 4-6 PM
Opening Reception: August 24, 5:30 -8:00 PM (walk through at 5:00) Show closes September 9, 4:30
Return of Work in the show: September 9, 4:30 – 6:30 PM.

PLEASE VOLUNTEER!
I need your help! After all these years I still seem to be assuming the responsibilities of co-chairing this exhibit! I need volunteers to help me make this happen! Specifically I need several people on entry day August 20 to help with intake. Tom Klobe has agreed to help us design the exhibit but we need an installation crew to help with the job on August 22 & 23! Due to diminished funds in the HC treasury, this year the reception food will be potluck! That means all entrants and friends should bring a dish to share. We will also need people to help serve, clean up etc.
I would like to have someone in charge of sitters! This means drawing up a calendar of sitting times and being responsible for finding substitutes if necessary. The reception for the lecture on August 30
th will also be potluck. I am hoping it will be a nice social event, a time to visit and share. September 9 when the show closes we will need helpers to facilitate return of entries and pack up neighbor island work.

Please contact us to volunteer or if you have any questions: lizabethtrain@hotmail.com or my co-chair Maya Portner at mayalea@gmail.com or our office manager John Friend at info@hawaiicraftsmen.org

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing some wonderful entries!!! Aloha, Liz Train


HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN INVITES ARTIST SUBMISSIONS TO FIBER HAWAII 2018

EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS,  MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS  FROM ACROSS THE STATE ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT COMPLETED ARTWORKS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION IN THE EXHIBITION



REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 23RD

PROSPECTUS


Raku Ho'olaule'a 2018

SEPTEMBER 21ST - SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018

CAMP MOKULE‘IA
68-729 FARRINGTON HWY, WAIALUA, HI 96791

We hope you are having a productive summer and are busily making new work for the September Raku Ho`olaule`a ceramics festival at Camp Mokule`ia.  It won’t be long before the free public activities that precede the festival begin so please review all the details in the prospectus.  If you’ve previously taken part in the Raku Ho`olaule`a, you’ll see the festival has moved from Memorial day weekend to September when hopefully more students and others can join the fun.  We are super psyched that Scott Young will serve this year as the guest artist and juror at the festival.  Scott is a native of Hawaii and participated in several previous Raku Ho`olaule`a festivals — including the very first one back in 1977.  Scott will join us from his home in California where he has exhibited and taught ceramics for many years.  Welcome home Scott!  We are also pleased to announce that the $500 Ginny McGargahan Award of Excellence, sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation, will be once again be presented to a deserving artist for an artwork created at during the festival.  If you are interested in taking part but are not currently affiliated with one of the six participating groups of potters, please contact us by email phone so we can make that happen...the more the merrier!

Valerie Yokoyama and Terry Savage, Co-Chairs

2018 Raku Ho`olaule`a

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

51st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition

OCTOBER 25th - NOVEMBER 11th, 2018

HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL
1111 VICTORIA St, HONOLULU, HAWAII 96814


Aloha,

My name is Chris Edwards, and I’m honored to be chairing this year’s 51st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition. 51 years! I think that’s extraordinary!

For this year’s juror, we have selected Isabella Ellaheh Hughes. You may know her as one of the founders and curators of the Honolulu Biennial. She brings an impeccable record of curatorial expertise and boundless energy to this exhibition. And to top it off, we are very excited to make connections between Hawai’i Craftsmen members and Hawai’i’s premiere event for local and international art. 

As in past years, registration will be done online through CaFE, and judging will take place on each island. Registration will be open from September 1 to October 1. I’m also pleased to announce that we expect to have over $4,000 in cash prizes to be awarded by our juror this year. 

If you follow us on social media, you may have noticed that we are featuring Hawaii Craftsmen members who’s work has been purchased from past Annual Exhibitions by the Honolulu Museum of Art as well as the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Perhaps you will be next! We are so thankful to these two organizations for such amazing support of the arts in Hawai’i. 

And finally, as you know, Hawai’i Craftsmen is a volunteer organization. I estimate that last year’s exhibition had over 1,500 hours of volunteer time. These events don’t happen by magic. They happen by people like you and me getting involved and helping out.  And then we ALL enjoy the benefits of our collective efforts. Volunteering is a great way to get to know your fellow artists and give back to the arts community. Please consider volunteering this year, and if you have volunteered in the past, THANK YOU!


Chris Edwards
Chair, Hawai’i Craftsmen 51st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition
christopheredwards@hawaiicraftsmen.org

The Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition of traditional and contemporary crafts brings a juror of national or international reputation to the state to jury entries on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hilo, and Kona. The juror also presents a slide lecture at each site on his/her view and interpretations of either his work or the contemporary craft scene. Exhibiting artists and members of Hawai'i Craftsmen act as docents during the exhibit, which lasts for 3 weeks.

HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN INVITES ARTIST SUBMISSIONS TO THE 51st ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION 2018

EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS,  MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS  FROM ACROSS THE STATE ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT UP TO SIX COMPLETED ARTWORKS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSIONS IN THE 51st ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION


CaFE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 1st, AND CLOSE ON OCTOBER 1st, 2018

Newsletter Call for Content

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 newsletter@hawaiicraftsmen.org by October 14th for inclusion in the next newsletter.

Workshops, Events & Opportunities


ART IN THE EVERYDAY COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT





A THING TO RING -  BELL AND CHIME WORKSHOP
METAL CASTING WITH JACKIE MILD LAU

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 21- 22, & 28-29
10 am - 5 pm



Over the course of two weekends participants will have the opportunity to;

- Embellish your own pattern from a selection of wax shapes

- Learn how to prepare your pattern for casting

- Experience the beginning of the investment process

- Watch and participate in a bronze pour

- Chase and finish your casting with a patina

All materials are provided. Your own low wattage soldering iron is helpful if you already have.

Cost: $120 + 40 supply fee 

Contact: jmlau585@gmail to register

Workshop to be held at: Ocean Woodcraft

46-217 Kahuhipa St., #25. Kaneohe, Hi 96744


“HAWAII CRAFTSMEN CELEBRATES FINE CRAFT AS A VITAL AND ENRICHING PART OF CONTEMPORARY LIFE AND SUPPORTS THE CREATIVE GROWTH OF OUR MEMBER ARTISTS AND THE EDUCATION OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO THE VALUE OF THE CRAFTS.” 

Exhibitions


BERNICE AKAMINE

JUNE 9TH - END OF JULY
GALERIE 103
2829 ALA KALANIKAUMAKA
KUKUI'ULA VILLAGE
HI, 96756


Galerie 103 is pleased to present Hawai‘i Island cultural practitioner, sculptor and installation artist Bernice Akamine.  Akamine's recurring themes include environmental and cultural issues.

Her first solo exhibition on Kauaì will include two bodies of work, Kalo, a mixed-media installation representing 87 individual kalo plants sculpted from the pages of Kè: The Hui Aloha Aina Anti-Annexation Petitions 1897–1898 (Petitions). Long-time conceptualized by the artist PapahanaumokuEarth Mother was materialized in response to the emergency alert of April 13, 2017, mixed media, including Papahonua, bullet casing, glass, àlaea and lepo; Kaua`ì, Oàhu, and Hawai`ì. 

Akamine is one of four native Hawaiian artists selected for the II Honolulu Biennial in 2019. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Selected awards include a 2015 Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation; a 2012 Community Scholar Award from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History; and a 1999 Visiting Artist Award at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.


Please join us for an opening reception on June 9, 6–8 pm, with an informal artists talk at 7 pm. Exhibit will run through end of July.


QUILTS IN THE FOREST - WHERE THE PATH MAY LEAD

JULY 13 – AUGUST 4, 2018
VOLCANO ART CENTER NI‘AULANI CAMPUS

19-4074 OLD VOLCANO RD, VOLCANO, HI 96785


Volcano Art Center’s 2nd Biannual Quilt Show, “Quilts in the Forest – Where the Path May Lead,” opens July 13, 2018 and continues through August 4, 2018 at VAC’s Ni‘aulani Campus. The show is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, July 13, from 5 – 7pm. 

“Quilts in the Forest – Where the Path May Lead” is open to all full-time and part-time residents of the Island of Hawai‘i, whether they are amateur or professional quilters. This year’s show hopes to inspire quilters to explore new and innovative ways in quilting. 40 quilts by 26 quilters will be on display for three weeks.

During this time, a special quilt program will include quilt classes and quilt-themed Monday night movies:

July 14 – Master quilter Roberta Muller will lead two classes on Needleturn  Applique’ and Basic Hawaiian Quilting, 10am – 12pm1pm – 3pm

July 16 – Movie Night –  “How to Make an American Quilt”, 7pm,  Hale Ho‘omana

July 21 – Tropical Flowers Sashiko and Applique’ and gallery walk lead by Mariah Bath,   10am – 4pm

July 23 – Movie Night – “The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend”, 7pm, Hale Ho‘omana

July 28 – Fabric and Fiber Pop Up Store with artists and crafters - Andrea Pro, Kathy Lukens, Catherine Wynne, Linda Sackett, Irene Tye, Cynee Wenner and more – textile art, silk scarves, baby blankets, quilts and much more  10am – 4pm

THE RIPPLE EFFECT

MAY 03, 2018 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
900 S BERETANIA ST
HONOLULU, HI 96814



Woman’s Kimono (left)
Japan, Second Quarter 20th Century
Silk, crepe weave, stencil-printed warp and hand-tie-dyed weft kasuri (ikat)
Purchase, 1998  (8922.1)

Woman’s Kimono (right)
Japan, Second Quarter 20th Century
Silk, plain weave, stencil-printed warp and hand-tie-dyed weft kasuri (ikat)
Purchase, 1999  (9070.1)

Exhibition Overview

This exhibition is part of the museum's observance of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Japanese—gannemono (first-year-folks)—in Hawai‘i.

As an island nation surrounded by the sea, Japan reveres water. Japanese textiles featuring water motifs—such as ponds, rivers, whirlpools, waterfalls and waves—are popular and prevalent. In Japanese culture, this primary force of nature represents the passage of time as an endless flow—one that is fluid, flexible and resilient as well as sacred and pure. Interpretations vary from naturalistic renderings to stylized abstractions, marking a single moment in this eternal rhythm, as a reminder that all things are in a state of flux.

In this exhibition of luxurious kimono, garments and textile fragments, you can see that water is more than a graphic element—many motifs are named, linking them to cultural values charged with hidden meanings. Woven, dyed and embroidered renderings include large powerful crested waves, kata-onami,which denote vitality; koi swimming upstream, which are associated with strength and perseverance; and swirls of water, or Kanze mizu, named after the Kanze family of Noh actors, which are a conventional treatment of flowing water. Concentric circles form arches that resemble overlapping waves known as seigaiha, or “blue sea wave,” signifying auspicious surges of good luck, are preserved on an 18th-century fragment and echoed in a 20th-century kimono. Originally found on ancient Chinese maps as a marking for the ocean, this emblem can be construed as a device to promote peace, analogous to one provided by a calm sea.

Landscapes inform a sense of place as maple leaves gently floating downstream, turning the water red, bring to mind the Tatsuta River. Alluding to fall’s melancholy seasonal change, this references a poem by the legendary poet Ariwara no Narihira (825-880). Dragonflies start their life in water and are abundant in summer and autumn, so paired water and dragonfly motifs are commonly found on women’s summer kimono, three of which will be on view. Because dragonflies can only fly forward, they also signify agility and authority and the name, tombo, meaning “victory insect,” was linked to samurai strength and bravery.

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Volunteers Needed

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. 


VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE 

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. 


FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE 

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.


Board of Directors Nominations

The board is currently seeking nominations for the Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors.  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 president@hawaiicraftsmen.org 

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