Donkey Mill hosts workshop with Aguirre (Sept. 8)

Riding Into Battle (Photo courtesy of Amber Aguirre)


Ceramics artist Amber Aguirre will give a presentation on her work 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Donkey Mill Art Center.

This free and open to the public artist talk will be preceded by an ohana style potluck.

Aguirre is a nationally exhibited artist living on Hawaii Island. She is well known for her provocative imagery confronting issues of power and victimization.

“Throughout history, artists have functioned as social commentators. I see this as a sacred calling in my work. The human condition is vulnerable and I question the amount of control we have over our own destiny. I attempt to explore these issues with a sometimes humorous, edgy and confrontational attitude,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre will give a three-day hands-on workshop Sept. 9-11 at the Donkey Mill Art Center. Tuition is $225 and space is limited.

Aguirre has been involved in ceramics and teaching for more than 35 years. In her dynamic figurative workshop she will share her techniques for creating figures via the relationships between anatomy, mass and form.

Rather than students using symbolic preconceived ideas of the human body, Aguirre will help students correctly visualize the relationships in the planes and forms of the figure.

In this way, students will create dynamic figures where stylization is a choice rather than a result of faulty ideas about the body.

The mission of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is to enrich the lives of persons of all ages and abilities through art education.

The foundation operates the Donkey Mill Art Center, a gathering place for all to explore, expand and develop their artistic selves in a supportive community.

For more information, call 322-3362 or visit

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