‘Cycles of Life’ exhibit runs through April 6

Quiet Horse (Photo courtesy of Donkey Mill Art Center)

Quiet Horse (Photo courtesy of Donkey Mill Art Center)


The Donkey Mill Art Center presents “Cycles of Life” exhibit from Feb. 12 until April 6, 2013 with a reception at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

The reception is free and open to the public, beginning with an ohana-style potluck followed by a slide lecture with guest artist Holly Roberts.

This is an exhibition of narrative figurative work that brings together artists from various media to explore the power and mystery of storytelling in the visual arts.

The concept for this exhibition is inspired by the work of Holly Roberts and Tip Toland, two of Donkey Mill Art Center’s 2013 Laila Twigg-Smith artists-in-residence.

Both artists use personal patterns, symbols, and images to create visual manifestations of interior dialogues. Other artists in this exhibition include Gerald Lucena, Margo Ray, Scott Yoel, Jacob Medina, Rod Cameron, Sally Lundburg, Amber Aguirre, Lee Ballard, Esther Shimazu and Elizabeth Alexander.

The show will challenge the viewer to interpret the content of narrative present in the work as they are drawn into the tales woven by selected artists working in print, painting, ceramic, and multi-media.

Visitors are invited to consider the importance of story telling, of self-representation in art, and of the role that narrative plays in defining the individual, culture, and personal perspective through the vehicle of human emotion.

The exhibition is made possible by a grant from the Laila Art Fund. Laila Twigg-Smith (1944-1998) was a well-known art collector, artist, patron and visionary.

As a founder of the Contemporary Museum, her ambition was always to inspire creativity, to be a catalyst, to galvanize action, to effect change and to make a difference.

The theme of this year’s Artist-In-Residence program, “Cycles of Life,” centers on the intention to provide a forum for artists, students and community members to gain a deeper understanding of how artists create a personal language in order to interpret and articulate their understanding of the world.

The Donkey Mill Art Center, home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture, is a 501(c)3 organization. Its mission is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop, and expand their artistic abilities.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information call 322-3362 or visit: www.donkeymill.org

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