Art

Visual and performance arts stories on Molokai

Arts Center Pot and Plant Sale

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Arts Center Pot and Plant Sale

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will be having an open house and Pot and Plant sale at the Arts Center located in Kualapu`u, behind Coffees of Hawaii, on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. After nearly one year in this location, the artists are all excited to share their space and talents with the island.

Everyone has been busy creating planters for the sale, which is a fundraiser for the center. There are pots of all sizes, some with plants, and some without. In addition, other items will be offered for sale including bird baths, ceramic plant tags, garden luminaries, bird houses and even gift memberships for that hard to buy for person on your Christmas list.…

Molokai Arts Center First Annual Art Show

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Molokai Arts Center First Annual Art Show

MAC News Release

Creating works of art from all types of media including pottery and jewelry, the artists at Molokai Arts Center (MAC) have been busy since the Center’s opening in March. Now everyone is excited as they choose one or two of their favorite pieces to display in the First Annual MAC Art Show to be held from Nov. 4 through 16 at the Molokai Public Library and continuing in the Ike Lihi Gallery the Molokai Arts Center until December 8.

The Molokai community will have an opportunity to view a small sample of the original and creative work completed over the first full year of operation of the MAC by many of the volunteer artists that have helped to make it a success.…

Photo Slideshow –Festivals of Aloha 2012

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Photo Slideshow –Festivals of Aloha 2012

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Another eventful year of culture, fun and festivities as Molokai celebrated the 2012 Festivals of Aloha this weekend.  For the full story, visit here. Photos by Catherine Cluett and Laura Pilz.…

Festivals Flourish with Aloha

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Festivals Flourish with Aloha

Festivals of Aloha 2012 Royal Court. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Whether it’s the coronation of the royal court, the procession of pa`u units riding atop lei-draped horses through town or the chaotic teamwork of the bed race, the annual Festivals of Aloha is all about pride, color and tradition. Every year, the three-day event draws large crowds to participate in fun activities that also perpetuate traditional Hawaiian culture. The theme of this year’s Festival was “E kupuohi I ke Aloha –- Flourish with Aloha,” as symbolized by the Kamehameha butterfly, one of two butterfly species native to Hawaii.

“The point of the festivals is to carry on the heritage of Hawaiians,” said Moana Dudoit, who has been organizing the festivals on Molokai with her sister Raquel Dudoit for the past three years.…

Art at Aka`ula

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Art at Aka`ula

“Celebrating the Arts” 2012. Photo by Eileen Chao.

As the sun set slowly over the hills of Kalae on Friday, students, teachers, families and friends gathered to enjoy Aka`ula School’s “Celebrating the Arts” exhibit. The annual exhibit, which first started in 2006, features the works of Aka`ula students and some family members who donate their art to raise funds for the school.

Aka`ula students partnered with Molokai Arts Center to create ceramic bowls, boxes and pots. Photo by Eileen Chao.

“It really is about getting [the students’] artwork out into the community,” said Dara Lukonen, one of the school’s founding teachers.…

Media Literacy

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Community Contributed

By Alestra Menendez

Media is a means of communication. The exciting thing about media in the 21st century is that it is the hands of the beholder, as opposed to being transmitted by few to the masses, as is the case with traditional news, television and radio. This is especially important for today’s tech savvy youth, and on Molokai, the Molokai Art and Media Academy is guiding youth to analyze, evaluate and yes, create their own media.

From Oct. 1 to 5, the organization is holding a Media Literacy Academy for youth ages 13 to 18 during the fall school intersession.…

Painting a Retrospective

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Painting a Retrospective

Molokai Artist Miyako Yamazaki’s work on display at Arts Center

Miyako Yamazaki. Photo by Eileen Chao.

Contemporary artist Miyako Yamazaki has had her fair share of success as an artist. She has worked as a fashion illustrator for companies like Christian Dior and Barneys New York, designed packaging for Japan Airlines, been featured in big galleries in Tokyo and is a published author of two books. However, she said her aspirations in life were never to be widely rich or successful, but instead, what she really wished to do was to “paint like a child.”

She moved from her hometown of Tokyo to Molokai in 2004 and became a mother, two shifts that she says have changed her art and her life.…

Molokai Artist’s Work on Display

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

MAC News Release

“Miyako Yamazaki, 1987 – 2012 — A Retrospective” will be on display in the ‘Ike Lihi Gallery at the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) from Sept. 21 to Oct. 21. An opening and birthday celebration will be held on Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Miyako is a Contemporary Artist from Tokyo, who has been living on Molokai since 2004. She has worked in oil, acrylic, video and photography, as well as publishing two books; LOVE SPEAKS, 1999, Kourinsya, Kyoto, Japan, Out of Print, and Gift from Molokai, 2007, Sangyo-hensyu Center, Tokyo, Japan, and one DVD, Heavenly Brights, 2001, now on media, Tokyo, Japan.…

Painting a Picture of the Island

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Painting a Picture of the Island

Visiting artist completes mural of Hawaiian heritage

Visiting artist Susan Evans paints the iconic Hawaiian goddess Hina on one of eight large panels that will be installed at Coffees of Hawaii. Photo by Eileen Chao.

In a large warehouse behind the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) at Coffees of Hawaii, visiting artist and California native Susan Evans crouches over one of the large panels of her mural, paintbrush in hand, blending white streaks into Hina’s long, flowing hair. Evans had originally painted the Hawaiian goddess, known in legends as the mother of Molokai, as a younger woman. But after local Hawaiians told her that Hina was an older, wiser entity, Evans altered the depiction to paint a culturally accurate representation.…

Visiting Artist Ceramic Workshop

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Visiting Artist Ceramic Workshop

MAC News Release

Molokai Art Center (MAC) is pleased to announce a two-week workshop featuring first-time visiting artist Professor Emeritus Ron Evans, ceramic artist for over 45 years. Ron’s own artwork consists primarily of crystalline glazed wheel-thrown forms and one-of-a kind art pieces. Ron has recently retired as a Professor of Art at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, where he taught for nearly 40 years. It was the only college in the U.S. to teach crystalline glazes. Combining science and mesmerizing beauty, crystalline glazes shimmer and shift much like holograms do and are
literally three-dimensional.

Workshops will include clay, studio time, glazes, firing and hands on instruction in crystalline glazes and raku.…