Donkey Mill Art Center presents “Cycles of Life: Contemporary Narrative in the Visual Arts” through April 6. The exhibition of narrative figurative work brings together artists from various media to explore the power and mystery of storytelling in the visual arts.
The 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 use patterns, symbols and images to create visual manifestations of interior dialogues. Other featured artists include Gerald Lucena, Margo Ray, Scott Yoel, Jacob Medina, Rod Cameron, Sally Lundburg, Amber Aguirre, Lee Ballard, Esther Shimazu and Elizabeth Alexander.
The show challenges viewers to interpret the content of narrative present in the work as they are drawn into the tales woven in print, painting, ceramic and multimedia. Visitors are invited to consider the importance of storytelling, self-representation in art and the role narrative plays in defining the individual, culture and personal perspective.
This exhibition is made possible by a grant from the Laila Art Fund. Twigg-Smith was an art collector, artist, patron and visionary. A founder of the Contemporary Museum, her ambition was to inspire creativity, be a catalyst, galvanize action, effect change and make a difference.
The Donkey Mill Art Center, home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts and 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. For more information, visit donkeymill.org or call 322-3362. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.