Donkey Mill Art Center ‘Sensei’s & Sensibilties’ (May 21-July 3)

Tanja Softic's print "Pollen Path" (Photo courtesy Donkey Mill Art Center)


The public is invited to an evening of visual and culinary delights while mingling with Hawaii’s talented artists at the “Sensei’s & Sensibilities” reception 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 21 at the Donkey Mill Art Center.

“Sensei’s & Sensibilities” features Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture teaching staff, visiting artists, and resident artists who will display work from their current studio creations. In conjunction with the reception, there will be a live ‘auctionette’ and silent auction featuring the works of both emerging and established artists complimented with sushi and sake. Admission is free.

Art students will have the opportunity to see various art instructor’s professional work affording an understanding of the ways in which classroom activities are directly linked to creative practices.

The exhibition provides the community an opportunity to view work produced in Hawaii that is often only seen nationally and internationally.

Artists featured included Phan Barker (paintings on silk), Henry Bianchini (sculpture), Fumi Bonk (ceramics), Katie Burk (encaustic painting), Elena Garcia (sculpture), Michael Harburg (ipu decoration), Kazue Honma (fiber arts), Kate Jacobson (ceramics), Will Jacobson (ceramics), Ed Kaneko (lauhala weaving), Gerald Lucena (mixed media), Mac McKenna (drawing/painting), Hiroki Morinoue (printing/sculpture), Miho Morinoue (painting) Tomoko Nakazato (ceramics), Janny Pruden (printmaking/painting), Matt Rechs (ceramics), Sam Rosen (ukulele making/jewelry), Joan Schulze (quilting/mixed media), Claire Seastone (ceramics), Scott Seymour (floral arranging), Jim Skibby (lauhala weaving/photography), Tanja Softic (printmaking), Setsuko Watanabe (ceramics), and Marilyn Wold (fiber art/papermaking).

The “Sensei’s & Sensibilities” Faculty Exhibition runs from May 21-July 3.

The mission of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture believes that art education enriches the lives of persons of all ages and abilities. Its vision is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop, and expand their artistic abilities.

The Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture was established in 1994 by a diverse group of individuals who shared a vision to develop and expand opportunities in the community to enrich lives through art and culture.

In 2001, the Foundation renovated the old Donkey Mill steeped in the history of Kona coffee and re-opened in 2002 as the Donkey Mill Art Center. As the foundation grew, it brought new programs to the community, implementing an ‘Artist in Residence’ program and adding studios for ceramics and printmaking.

Its gallery provides a venue for faculty and children exhibitions, features music and dance performances plus a wide range of art and cultural events.

For more information on the upcoming exhibit, call 322-3362.

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