Artist demonstrations planned at festival
Master Japanese calligrapher Chuck Koseda will demonstrate “grass writing,” with black ink and Sumi-e brushes at Waimea Arts Council’s Firehouse Gallery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, during the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival. He will paint a character for visitors to take home, by donation.
Donations will benefit the Waimea Arts Council, a nonprofit organization furthering arts and culture in North Hawaii.
Other artists demonstrating during the festival include graphite artist Terry Bensch, paper maker Jay West and painter Aelbert Aehegma.
For information about Waimea Arts Council, call 887-1052 or visit waimeaartscouncil.org.
The gallery is located at the intersection of Mamalahoa Highway and Lindsey Road.
‘Vagina Monologues’ performance is Feb. 9
“The Vagina Monologues,” based on playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women, will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.
The piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength with humor and grace. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than 12 years, “The Vagina Monologues” has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.
The cast is comprised of Big Island talent, including, and directed by, Jane Sibbett. Ninety percent of net proceeds support local organizations working to end violence against women and children. The other 10 percent goes to the V-Day Spotlight Campaign.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students older than 13.
Tickets are available at the Kahilu Theatre box office; call 885-6868.
‘Evening with the Artists’ slated Feb. 8
An “Evening with the Artists” is slated from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Cliff Johns Gallery in Holualoa.
Local artists David Reisland, Timothy Allan Shafto and his wife, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, work with koa wood, a species endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.
Reisland’s innovative de-signs have earned him a reputation as one of the leading custom furniture makers on the island.
The couple works collaboratively and individually to produce a wide range of works from platters to vessels, calabashes and sculptures. DeEtte Shafto is co-author of “Contemporary Hawaii Woodworkers: the Wood, the Art, the Aloha.”
Adare’s exhibition opens Saturday
The J+ Gallery in Holualoa presents “Restraint and Revolution,” a cutting-edge portrait show of counterculture icons painted on the Big Island by Rose Adare. Using corsetry as a symbol of restraint and revolution, Adare’s models include University of Hawaii at Hilo professor Kimberly Dark, Native American rock legend Buffy Sainte-Marie and Big Island body modification artist Kala Kaiwi.
The show opens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. An artist talk is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at 76-5892 Mamalahoa Highway.
Visit roseadare.com for more about the artist.
Groban concert screened Monday
Hollywood Theatres and Hoku Concert Series present a concert by Josh Groban at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Makalapua Cinemas.
Tickets are available at the box office or fandango.com.
Henrixson’s ‘Spaceship’ launches today
“Spaceship,” Sonja Henrix-son’s exhibition, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the East Hawaii Cultural Center, 141 Kalakaua St., Hilo. The exhibit continues through Feb. 20.
The installation depicts a rocket with four stages in what appears to be a scene lost and frozen in time. The main tower stands more than 10 feet tall. A chandelier of plastic foam balls hangs over one of the sections of the rocket that rests on the gallery floor. The hanging piece also evokes the Milky Way.
The “Spaceship” sculpture is made with canvas, a material traditionally used by painters. The four canvas cylinders of the rocket are hand-sewn.
Henrixson was born in Honolulu and photographs of her childhood and her clothing are part of the surface of the rockets. Her clothing is painted onto the rockets and evokes the draping of an ancient Greek frieze. Henrixson’s exploration and making of an alternative universe merges boundaries of identity, science and art history.
For information, call 961-5711.
Waimea chorus seeks new members
The spring rehearsal season for Waimea Community Chorus began Jan. 22, but new members may join the chorus freely until Tuesday, after which membership must be approved by the director.
No audition is required, but attendance at Tuesday rehearsals, which begin at 6:30 p.m. in St. James Episcopal Church, is required. Contact coordinator Miguel Bray at 885-5818, or attend a rehearsal to join.
The spring show, planned June 1 and 2 is tentatively titled “American Songscapes.”