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Hoist prepares for mainland shows


Award-winning local fiber artist Shelley Hoist is preparing for two juried art shows on the mainland this year. The first one is the American Craft Council Show in San Francisco from Aug. 8 to 10, a three-day celebration of all things handmade in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason. More than 225 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor artists from across the country will gather under one roof for the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies.

Hoist then returns to the Western Design Conference in Jackson, Wyo., from Sept. 5 to 7, where her work won an award last year. With more than 115 exhibitions on display at the Snow King Center, the artists are selected by a jury of design experts and are challenged to create their best work as they compete for limited invitations to showcase their pieces at the Western Design Conference. This show celebrates those who have chosen to forgo mass production in order to create one-of-a-kind, museum-quality, functional art pieces that bring the spirit of the West into the mainstream marketplace. Hoist will present her Hawaiian paniolo inspired series.

Using the sheath portion of naturally fallen leaves from various types of palms found on the Big Island, Hoist’s pieces resemble leather, wood or fabric and bring texture and organic art into a home or business. Hoist’s work can be viewed at Holualoa Gallery, Kohala Mountain Gallery and at the monthly Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. Hoist’s work can also be seen online at shelleyhoist.com and private studio showings are available by calling the artist at 937-1774.