As part of their visual arts program, Kahilu Exhibits annually presents a juried exhibition of Hawai’i state artists. A different theme is selected each year as well as a juror from outside the theatre who has a relevant and significant career in the visual arts. Transformative Forces—Creation through Destruction was the theme artists were asked to respond to this year, and the juror, Carl F.K. Pao, selected artworks in a wide variety of media and content. First, second and third place winners will be announced at the opening reception as well as any purchase awards made by the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, whose Awards Acquisition Selection Committee will be visiting the exhibit the morning of March 14. The opening reception will be from 5–7PM, March 14, and the exhibition will run from March 14 – April 27, 2019.
Participating artists are: Patricia Brock, Lynn Capell, Pat Dinsman, John Ferdico, Bailey Ferguson, Gary Hoff, Amy Justen, Barbara Kurgan, Susan Mori, John Mydock, Janice Gail, Ana O’Connor, Abbie Rabinowitz, Joy Ray, Margo Ray, Joseph Ruesing, Melissa Schelling, Michelle Schwengel-Regala, Sophia Siddiqui, Dominic Tidmarsh, Patricia Uehara, Kuniko Watanabe, Jay West, and Paul F. Yount
The juror, Carl F.K. Pao, grew up on the island of O`ahu, where he graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 1989. He earned a BFA at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and received his MFA with first-class honors in 1999 from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa. He returned to Hawai’i in 2000 to take a full-time teaching position at the Kamehameha Schools High School Kapalama Visual Arts Department. He recently transferred to the Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i campus in Kea’au. Among many other achievements, Carl was the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific in July 2012; concluded a successful group exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in July 2011; was co-owner/operator of the Lodestar Collective Gallery in Kailua; the volunteer arts editor for The Contemporary Pacific journal (TCP) from 2008-2011; host and co-producer of the educational art series Art Hunter; and is currently exhibiting both locally and abroad. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kurtistown on the island of Hawai’i.
Galleries are free to the public and open Monday – Friday 9am- 1pm and during all Kahilu Theatre performances.
For more info, please visit kahilutheatre.org, or call (808) 885-6868. The Kahilu Theatre is located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, in Kamuela.
Kahilu Theatre photo: Ric Noyle