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Library of Local Talent


Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Molokai artists ushered in the holidays last week, gathering to share their work at the Public Library in the third annual art show of Molokai Arts Center (MAC) members.

“To me, it’s a chance for the organization to thank individual artists and for them to get some exposure – and to see themselves as professional artists,” said potter Dan Bennett, MAC Treasurer and founding member. “We have to push some to enter because they don’t think their art is good enough, which to me is absurd.”

Art in all colors, shapes and sizes – ranging from the useful to the whimsical – made an appearance at the show, representing at least 30 member artists, Bennett said. Ceramic owls, teapots, decorative illuminated village scenes and glass jewelry were just some of the pieces that will be on display until Christmas Eve.  Much of the art is also for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Friends of Molokai Public Library.

Mary Fiorentino said she’s been a MAC member for about a year and said she enjoys creating art.

“We call it therapy,” she said.

This year, the show also includes the work of students at the University of Hawaii Maui College Molokai’s Basic Ceramics class, taught by Bennett.

The gallery will be open until Dec. 24 during library hours, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesdays, from 12:30 to 8 p.m.


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