Summer Session & the 2011 Solo Artist Exhibition
June 30, 2011June’s launch of the Hui’s summer session introduced 32 new classes & workshops with a cumulative attendance of 325 students and studio users of all ages, welcoming 5 visiting artists to the Hui roster from New York (Sheila Kriemelman), neighbor Hawaiian islands (Scott Groeniger, Roger Whitlock, John “PRIME” Hina and Scott Semple). We celebrated the highly anticipated 2011 Solo Artist Exhibition, featuring Honolulu-based artist Scott Groeniger’s “Welcome to the New Lifestyle,” a new collection of large-scale, site-specific archival pigment prints composed of layered photographs and digital collages examining China’s rapid industrialization and collaborating Maui artists Sidney Yee and Kevin Omuro’s “I Turned to the Turnip,” featuring Yee’s textured acrylic paintings on wood panels and Omuro’s porcelain sculptures, saggar-fired in natural earth elements—both influenced by a minimalist Asian aesthetic and the artists’ roots in Chinese culture. Generously supported by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, this annual exhibition provides the unique opportunity for artists to be personally involved in all facets of exhibition planning and installation of artwork. Down in the children’s studio, our summer Camp Kaluanui keiki collaborated on a 20-foot mural themed "One Flew Over the Nene Nest: Exploring Hawaiian Habitats" as part of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s FOCUS project. We were one of 16 arts organizations across the state of Hawai‘i to create a mural representing our various connections to Hawai‘i’s unique natural and cultural resources, which went on to be displayed at the Hawaii Conservation Conference in August, and the Society of American Foresters Conference in November.