Center hosting visiting artist presentations


The Donkey Mill Art Center has scheduled two evenings — Thursday and June 28 — for presentations by visiting artists to visitors and residents of the Kona community. Khalid Kodi and Wendy Yothers will appear at a free event Thursday that will start with a potluck meal at 6 p.m.

Kodi, long recognized as a prolific Sudanese American master artist, has emerged as a central figure working on multi/crosscultural concepts. He uses contemporary themes for traditional storytelling with references to magical realism, intricately layered in textures, symbols also figures, and by synthesizing colors and rhythms. His past series have included works on human phenomena such as wars, genocide and their impact on human societies. These works incorporate sculpture, paintings, installations and environmental sites, and were featured in many national and international venues. Through his work, Kodi advocates for and humanizes victims of war and genocide in Africa and exposes these events to the larger international community. His exhibitions carry an outreach and educational message that promote peace, human dignity and celebrate a rich culture.

Yothers works are included in the permanent collections of the Vatican, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery in Washington. She currently teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

A concert, “The Sound of Bamboo,” with shakuhachi grandmaster Riley Lee is scheduled June 28 and begins with a potluck at 5 p.m. Admission is $15 per person, children younger than 12 are free. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 322-3362.

Lee began playing the shakuhachi, or bamboo flute, in Japan in 1971, studying with Chikuho Sakai until 1980, and has been a student of Katsuya Yokoyama since 1984. He was given the rank of grand master in 1980. Lee’s studies with traditional teachers in Japan have included such peculiar methods as practicing barefoot in the snow, blowing into his flute under waterfalls and in blizzards until icicles form at its end, and running the Boston Marathon and then playing taiko drums at the finish line.

For more information, call 322-3362 or visit donkeymillartcenter.org.