Building on Hawai‘i Craftsmen's 51 year tradition of exhibiting new and established artists from across the state, this exhibition will explore the visible presence of the maker’s hand in contemporary art and craft. Workshops, panel discussions and artist talks will give a hands-on and intimate look at how the tradition of craft is reflected in the world of art around us.
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, August 31, 6:30-8:30 pm
Emily Zaiden, Director and Curator of the Craft in America Center, has curated a selection of exceptional new work representing each of the Hawaiian Islands to be exhibited as a special section within the juried exhibition:
Hawai'i Hands: State of the State
“These selected works are a small but exemplary sampling of the vitality, ingenuity, and expertise that exists among Hawaiian craftspeople today. The invited artists, who live on six of the islands, were chosen to showcase the melting pot of methods, materials, and perspectives that characterizes Hawaiian craft in this day and age. As a state with a deep vernacular heritage, the richness of indigenous and historic cultural traditions is a foundation for artists who strive to maintain or reawaken ties to the past. The incomparable beauty and complexity of the natural geography of this community of islands is echoed in the physical and metaphorical qualities of their work. The objects that they create, ranging in scale and media, reflect a spirit of exploration, innovation, and individual expression that is timeless yet contemporary and distinctly Hawaiian.” - Emily Zaiden, 2019
Top row: Chenta Laury, Maui; David Kuraoka, Kaua‘i; Gregory Paul, Hawai‘i Island; Jonathan Swanz, O‘ahu
Bottom row: Terry Klerlein, Moloka‘i; Patricia Gorelangton, O‘ahu; Marques Hanalei Marzan, O‘ahu; Vince Cabanilla, Lāna‘i
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