Artwork celebrates the ‘Aina

The theme for the latest art show sponsored by the Garden Island Arts Council is “‘Aina.” It is a celebration of a new exhibition space at the Kukui Grove Center. Artists are encouraged to let their imaginations go wild, as long as the work has to do with the land, comes from the land or is of the land.

The art can be of any media, be it two-dimensional, three-dimensional or installation art.

Entries will be accepted at the new space, between Deja Vu and Claire’s Boutique, from noon to 4 p.m., tomorrow.

Fees for all GIAC members are $10 for the first entry, $5 for each additional entry, and $25 for non-members.

Mizu Sumida of the GIAC took this opportunity to create a piece of work that would incorporate her hobby of basket weaving.

“It’s called ‘Tellurian Totem.’ It’s all basket material. It’s made from natural fibers and pit-fired clay. I took two separate pieces and sewed them together, ” she said.

Sumida got the idea for the title while flipping through the pages of a thesaurus, and thought that it was a perfect fit for the show.

“It means from the earth and so I thought I’d use it,” she said.

Although entries are due tomorrow, the actual exhibition’s opening reception is next Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to the art show, there will be a fashion show competition open to all, which will also hold the “Aina” theme or the St. Patrick’s Day theme. Fashion designer Amos Kotomori of Honolulu will make a special appearance.

The fashion show is something new that the GIAC is presenting this year, Sumida said.

“It’s just for having fun,” she said. “Anyone can join in. We’re just going to parade around. You know us artists.” Those interested in strutting their stuff need only to sign-up, by 5:30 p.m., the day of the show.

Nancy Beckel of the GIAC was in charge of giving out invitations for next week’s show and said that artists can pick up the invitations when they turn in their art work.

The exhibition will run at the Kukui Grove Center until April 21.

For more information, contact Beckel at 822-0488.

Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or


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