Find your ‘Roots’ at Art Walk

POIPU — Bruna Stude of Galerie 103 said there will be a forest, no the whole farm, set up by Saturday afternoon.

Melissa McFerrin, assistant real estate manager of The Shops at Kukuiula, said Saturday is the monthly Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m., and the exhibit by A. Kimberlin Blackburn at the Galerie 103 will be celebrating its opening reception for the exhibit, which will run through Dec. 7.

“The reception is opening on my father’s birthday and running until Pearl Harbor Day,” Blackburn said while unloading pieces of “Roots” with the help of Jimmy Nishida and Mike Teruya. “On Pearl Harbor Day, my mother, who was a student at Punahou School, was running around like everyone else. In the midst of everything, she stopped, exclaiming, ‘My prom dress!’ She ran back into the dormitory to fetch her dress and we lived with that story for the rest of her life.”

Blackburn said she never realized the parallel to her mother’s life until Hurricane Iniki struck in 1992 when she was running out with her glasses, and her wedding dress.

“I wasn’t going to do this all over, again,” she said. “That’s when I realized I was just like my mother.”

Among the collection to her exhibit, a cluster of rusted lumber saws came clanging out of its cardboard sheaths.

“These, or at least some of these saws, must have belonged to my grandfather who was going to cut wood for people’s fires,” Nishida said. “Then, they brought in kerosene.”

Joining the festivities, the galleries at The Shops at Kukuiula will unfold specials, many just for the night, at the Art Walk which is normally held on the second Saturday of each month.

Many will also feature artists, available for demonstrations and to talk story.

The excitement is not limited to the gallery, though, as Andrew Ha of Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill will create a special drink in honor of Lono, the photographer whose works are handled by Halelea Gallery and hang at Josselin’s.

The evening rounds out with dining from the many restaurants, some creating Art Walk specials, including Tortilla Republic, which will feature an Octoberfest theme with a Mexican twist.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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