Space is suspect. Don't rely on what you know about area, dimension, depth or perception within a specific environment. At least not during the new exhibition opening Saturday at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao.
The center's Solo Exhibition 2010 features Maui artist Jaisy Hanlon and Oahu artist Eli Baxter. Hanlon will present "Factual Fiction: Imagined Landscapes, Hybrids, and Other Curiosities," where she creates actualized environments with mixed-media works such as sculpture, drawings and paintings. Baxter will present "In The Still Between," a site-specific installation that will explore a dialogue with space and the relationship between inside and outside.
Both artists are exciting and fresh, and will challenge ideas of space and environments, said Marcy Lynn, Hui exhibitions coordinator.
Eli Baxter’s “in the still between”
Jaisy Hanlon’s “Act Natural”
Joe Bella Bella (from left), Michael Waddell, Tommie Blout and Christopher Stewart
Caron Barrett (left) and Deborah Vial
Marc Tolliver (right) and his mother, Dorothy
Photos Copyright Mike Ang 2010
Hawaii Family Portraits is an educational project of Equality Hawaii Foundation
"(Their) work is cutting edge," Lynn said. "There are environmental aspects as well as just incredible artistic talent and thought processes going on."
The Hui solo show is one of the only exhibitions in the state that provides the unique opportunity for artists to be personally involved in all facets of the exhibition planning and installation of their artwork, according to the center. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and continues through Nov. 12 during center hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Hui is located at 2841 Baldwin Ave. For more information, visit at www.huinoeau.com.
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Spend time and get to know the families of the Hawaii Family Portraits Exhibit, now open at the University of Hawaii Maui College Library.
The traveling exhibition and project, funded by Gill Foundation, Hawaii People's Fund, State Equality Fund and Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, invites viewers to participate in the journey of these everyday people, who each hold unique experiences.
The families are parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) children confronted with the challenge of facing discrimination daily, according to a press release.
"They are GLBT parents themselves, raising beautiful, vibrant children,"?the release said. "They are GLBT couples, simply trying to build lives together. They are individuals, some abandoned or misunderstood by their biological families, finding safety and love with a chosen, extended ohana."
Captured through the lens of professional photographer Mike Ang, the family portraits are on display through Oct. 15 during library hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. An opening reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The Hawaii Family Portraits display is presented at the UH Maui Library in conjunction with National Constitution Month. Books and media on issues surrounding constitutional rights will also be available at the exhibition.
For more information about the exhibit at UH Maui College Library, contact librarian Ellen Peterson: epeter firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.hawaiifamilyportraits.com for more information on the Hawaii Family Portraits project.
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Binkey's Piano Key Art will be featured at the Maui Crafts Guild, 69 Hana Highway, during Final Friday in Paia this week. The artwork is scrimshawed and painted on upcycled antique piano keys and a custom piece was commissioned for an international exhibit. A reception will start at 6 p.m. Friday, with live music and light refreshments. For more information, call 579-9697.
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The Hawaii Craftsman 43rd Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition is issuing a call to Hawaii artists working in contemporary craft mediums of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media. Submissions will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. The show is from Oct. 9 to 31 at the Honolulu Academy Arts Center at Linekona; $4,000 in cash will be given in awards of excellence. For information, e-mail Tim Garcia at email@example.com or visit www.hawaiicraftsmen.org.