Sarah & Jeff had their belated wedding honeymoon in the Hawaiian Islands. A few cloudy days sent them exploring. These massive willow sculptures are installed on the grounds of Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, in Maui’s Upcountry. If you’ve visited Maui, you know the island’s landscape changes dramatically, depending on where you are on the island. Upcountry reminds me of Scotland’s Highlands, with its rolling mists, farms, livestock and stone walls. Hard to believe you’re on the slopes of Haleakala volcano.
Hui No’eau’s art studios are the only public art studios on Maui. The facility offers year-round classes to island residents and visitors. It occupies an expansive historic estate, Kaluanui, designed in 1917, “by the distinguished architect C.W. Dickey for Harry Baldwin and his wife, Ethel, who founded Hui No‘eau in 1934. The late Colin Cameron, grandson of the Baldwins and former president of Maui Land & Pineapple Co., generously granted Hui No‘eau use of Kaluanui as a visual arts center in 1976.” The center’s website says classrooms, studios, exhibiton space and offices are in the main house, while an “in-house dairy serves as Maui’s only public photography darkroom space.” Kaluanui’s former den is a gift shop and gallery. www.huinoeau.com
What a muse, what a teacher and superb spiritual guide is the Pacific Ocean. Along California’s coast—specifically on Kehoe Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore—artists Richard and Judith Lang have been collecting plastic debris for more than a decade. Articles they scavenge are made into stunning works of art. This is one of the most beautiful projects I’ve ever seen. Their work will soon be featured at SFMOMA. I’ve written a few words and provided a video about the Langs’ work and posted it on the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s new Tumblr Blog. You can watch the video on “Call of the Wild” tumblr, here!
The collection is an exhibition project comprised of participants filling blank books with their work; the four-month project is largely about Wyoming artists but is “open to applicants internationally.” This non-juried (with suggested themes) project welcomes the use of any medium. Works must be original.
Anyone may take part; no need to be an “artist.” By “anyone,” CIAO means “kids, parents, students, seniors, writers, artists, dreamers, wanderers, the guy next door, the crazy cat lady, the ski bum, the couch surfer, anyone.” Participants submit their art books, which will be put on display January 13th, 2012 at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. The exhibit will remain on display three weeks, and plans are to move the show around the state and intermountain West.
The Rocky Mountain Art Book Collection is geared towards all artists, new and experienced; it is sponsored in part by the Wyoming Arts Council. Sponsorships of participants is greatly encourgaged, and there are benefits for both artists and sponsors. For more information email [email protected].
A Very Warm, Happy Thanksgiving to All!