Saturday, January 17, 2015

Doing the Hui

You probably didn't even notice that I slipped out of town for a few days - to my favorite spot in the world - the south end of Maui. It's my battery recharging station - full of sunshine, 

and whales, 

and good friends. 

Yes, that's a nude beach. Whatever. I'm in sheer heaven with my "brotherfromadifferentmother" Frankie. 

There were two art exhibitions that I timed the visit to see - but honestly, there is art and creativity everywhere you look. This cairn, stacked eight stones high, celebrated one friend's eighth year of sobriety. 

One of my favorite spots to visit is the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, up in the sleepy town of Makawao. Their annual juried exhibition had just opened, and I stopped in to see the work.  (Seriously - if you ever visit Maui, you must visit the Hui.)

Hui No‘eau Annual Juried Exhibition 2015
January 10 – February 19
Juror: Charles Cohan 
Receiving Day: Monday, December 29 / 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Members’ Opening Reception: Friday, January 9 / 5:00 – 7:00 pm
This prestigious competition offers an opportunity for visitors to view current work of local & mainland artists in all media, including ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, jewelry, digital imagery, fiber, painting, and wood. Guest jurors include respected curators and artists from Maui, Hawai‘i and beyond, offering a different perspective for a unique show every year. With no theme, this exhibition challenges artists to submit their best work created within the past two years!

To be honest, I didn't think the show had work that was as good as in the past - but there were a few memorable pieces that stood out. 

Jim Meekhof's amazing Norfolk Island Pine bowl won a Recognition Award - rightly so! 

It was huge, translucent, and simply stunning. 

This piece just blew me away - a ceramic assemblage of three "ladies" -  highlighted with bright spots of red - celebrating lipstick, high heels, teapots - it was just exquisite. I'm sorry I didn't catch the artist's name, but her (his?) piece was my favorite.

There's a pottery studio on the back side of the property, and I always take a stroll down there, to see if anyone is working, or what's for sale on the racks. You can almost always find something interesting, like these two plates.

 Just up the road is Viewpoints Gallery, another favorite spot where my old friend Eva used to work. They were hosting their 10th annual Celebration of Hawaii show - and just my luck! - woodworkers were well represented.

This sapele bench with glass inlay might have been my piece - simple but gorgeous! 

The glass was amazing!

Lathe work is so popular here on the island - this vessel was HUGE. Like - threefuckingfeettall! huge!

Jazz was well represented at the show, he's a local woodworker who, it seems, is very prolific. About 4 or 5 of his pieces of furniture were on display, including this very well made cabinet with book matched veneered door panels and slow closing hinges.

His table and vessel were stunning - the grain was crazy. 

 Lots of hollowed forms here -  as in many of the galleries on the island.

I particularly liked Gregg Smith's Petroglyph vessel - with its segmented assembly and pyrography. 

I'm pretty sure this was the same artist represented at the Hui, but by then - I was tired from all the traveling, and forgot to check the names on these pieces.

Jazz is not only a furniture maker, but a sculptor as well. Gorgeous piece!

I'll have to look up Kamani - I've never heard of that wood. 

This owl sculpture was mesmerizing - with its spalted wood and abstract shape. A really lovely piece.

 Speaking of pieces - the whole time I was on the island, I kept thinking to myself– wouldn't it be great if I could find a log here to take home? I even looked up a few lumberyards, but to tell you the truth - I didn't feel like making the drive up-country. Traffic on the island is nuts, and I didn't have a lot of time to spare.

So - one morning – when I was getting in my car to head to the beach - lo and behold, I found this! 

I swear– the wood gods just dropped it out of the sky, next my car. I suspect it might be koa, but I'll find out for sure when I turn it into a carving mallet.  I'm still in shock that it just landed where I needed it to be - how does that happen?!

1 comment:

John Frame said...

Wow, what a cool ocean view.
I really like the petroglyph vessel the best. All the turned work I have seen, segmented turning I think is my favorate.