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Free MAC Classes Memorialize Two Artists

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) has been awarded grants from Maui County Office of Economic Development and Atherton Foundation. These grants, along with generous donations and recent fundraisers, allow Molokai’s only nonprofit arts education organization to offer three months (April, May, June) of free ceramic and mixed media arts classes for children, youth, adults, and seniors. The project, titled Panaʻi Aloha — Giving Back to Molokai, is the MAC’s way of celebrating its 10-year history and helping its island home cope with and revitalize during the ongoing pandemic. Panaʻi Aloha is dedicated to the memories of Eric Swenson and Felix Kehano, Jr.

Studio Member Eric Swenson was best known at the MAC for creating exquisite teapots. Raquel Seales shared, “There is no word for art. There is, however, the concept for an artful life, in which he led, filled with inspiration and fueled by labor and thoughtful approach.”

In the last few years, young artist Felix Kehano, Jr. spent most Saturdays at the MAC, less than a quarter mile from his home. He was one of the first to return when the MAC re-opened in June. His mom Cheri Rivera remembered how the MAC motivated Felix to try new things like painting, drawing, ceramics and other media. Participating in Patrick Ching’s family workshop and winning the Most Contemporary Art Award at MAC’s Member Show 2019 brought Felix a joy that his mother will always cherish.

Due to COVID safety requirements, appointments will need to be made for studio use and keiki classes. Visit molokaiartscenter.org/calendar/ for dates and times, then email molokaiartscenter@gmail.com for instructions to sign up. You may also leave a message at (808) 567-9696. Appointment times will be taken on a weekly basis. Fees will not be collected and keiki punch cards will not be used during this time, however, donations are always welcome. We look forward to seeing you at the MAC!

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