Arts Briefs 11-16-12


Holiday events slated at Donkey Mill

The Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa will host educational programs and special events during the holiday season:

c “Holiday Affair” is planned from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 24. The free event is an opportunity for the community to see what local artists have been creating for the holidays. Attendees may participate in craft making or enjoy the rhythms of Kristin LaGasse from 1 to 2 p.m., or the musical fusion of trumpet player Andrea Lindborg and harpist Motter Snell from 3 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

c An “Intimate House Concert with Kristin Lagasse” is slated from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Singer-songwriter Lagasse has performed hundreds of shows across North America. Composing with the guitar, ukulele, piano and voice, her songs are the product of being both immersed with and at odds with society, personal relationships and the emotions they produce. For more about the artist, visit kristinlagasse.com. Admission is $15 at the door; children are admitted free.

c Lisa Louise Adams will lead a book-making class Dec. 8 and 9. Participants may attend one or both sessions. Tuition is $75 per session plus a $30 supply fee. Class members will learn about surface design, book structure and creating with paper, while making books for gifts or to keep.

c The free family activity “Wrap Up” is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15. Participants will create eco-friendly wrapping paper using recycled paper, stamps and odds and ends. Participants should bring random treasures to add to the mix.

c “Mochitsuki and Kodamatsu Making: A Cultural Event for Everyone” is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27. The cost is $25.00 per family. New Year’s is the most celebrated holiday in Japan. The event at Donkey Mill includes mochitsuki, rice pounding, practice centering and a bit of visual poetry while making a kadomatsu, bamboo altar. Participants will taste a variety of ways to consume the “rice spirit” for purity, strength and spiritual wealth.

For more information, call Anne at the Donkey Mill at 322-3362.

Tabora to make appearance at Wyland

Seascape artist Roy Gonzalez Tabora returns to Kailua-Kona, where he collaborated with marine-life artist Wyland more than 20 years ago, for a live painting exhibition slated from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at Wyland Kona Oceanfront Gallery. Tabora was trained in the traditional techniques of the old masters. He learned to reproduce what his eyes and heart saw. By the age of 20, the years of training and discipline had produced an accomplished realist painter.

The splendor of Hawaii’s tropical shores is a source of Tabora’s inspiration. In his creative process, he relies more on his heart than he does on his eye. “I romanticize,” he said. “The scenes I portray are memories I have imagined … memories of when footprints of men were not so prolific and deep.”

Tabora will paint an “alla prima,” a painting completed in one session, to be sold at the show. His new releases will also be displayed with special show pricing. Tabora will also embellish his new release giclee on canvas prints and sign copies of his new book.

The gallery is located at 75-5770 Alii Drive at Waterfront Row. Call 334-0037 or visit wylandbigisland.com for more information.

‘Hawaii Nei’ exhibit open at Wailoa

“Hawaii Nei,” an annual exhibit of Hawaii’s native species at Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center, opened Nov. 2. More than 100 artists entered more than 180 individual pieces. Dean Gallagher, an interpretive ranger for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, presented awards in adult and children’s art divisions.

The exhibit runs through the month and includes “Talk Story Saturday” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday that features a gallery talk by artist Caren Lobel-Fried.

Free and open to the public, Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday hours are noon to 4 p.m.