Island artists bring home awards from Honolulu show
The Hawaii Forest Industry Association has announced the winners of “Hawaii’s Woodshow: Na Laau o Hawaii,” including five Hawaii Island artisans.
Scott Hare from Kurtistown brought home an honorable mention for outstanding execution and design of his milo wood piece, “The Last Kiss … Extinction.” Hare’s entry won the people’s choice and artist’s choice awards, as well. Hare’s woodworking business, Hawaii Koa Naturals, is based in Kurtistown.
Kurtistown resident Michael Patrick Smith won three honorable mentions. His “Fan Leaf Sculpture” of milo, lychee, koa and ebonized mango was recognized in the sculpture category. His mango “Yin Yang Fern” and Cook pine “Earth, Sea & Sky” were awarded in the turning category.
First place sculpture, sponsored by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, went to Cliff Johns for “Holo Hula.” The sculpture was created from Bermuda cedar. The Cliff Johns Gallery is located in Kainaliu.
First place turning, sponsored by Hawaii Forest Institute, was awarded to wood-lathe artist J. Kelly Dunn of Hawi for his piece “Plumeria Nocturne,” crafted from Mexican cypress. Kelly and Linda Dunn’s wood-art gallery, Dunn Gallery, is located in Kapaau.
Mats Fogelvik won an honorable mention for “Pua Koa,” a furniture piece made from curly koa burl veneer, koa veneer and rosewood. His company, Fogelvik Furniture, is based in Ocean View.