North Shore art exhibit set to open

PRINCEVILLE — The 8th annual Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit will take place this weekend. The grand opening is Friday at the Princeville Community Center.

“This is the only place North Shore artists can show their art as a group on the North Shore,” said Grace Hodgson, a fine and commercial artist. “There’s a lot of showings in Lihue, but not many of us want to drive an hour for those. This is our chance to put on a showcase.”

The exhibit is an opportunity for artists to unveil pieces that haven’t been shown on the island before, Hodgson said.

“It’s a special thing in that regard,” Hodgson said. “We always get a wonderful turnout, especially from a lot of foreign visitors from the hotels, as well as a lot of locals who come, too.”

Drawings, oil paintings, watercolors, mosaics and sculptures will be on display, as well as one of Hodgson’s oil paintings.

There will also be a silent auction held for another oil painting by artist Ed Schneider, with proceeds going to the Kauai Lifeguard Association.

“Last year, we had over 40 pieces being shown, but this year we haven’t decided how many yet,” Hodgson said. “Sometimes it’s 30, sometimes it’s 40. The room is usually pretty full of artwork.”

This year marks the first time that exhibit will be held over three days, over the usual two. It’s an experiment, said Hodgson, to see how many people will come and see how many people in the community are committed to supporting local artists.

Friday’s grand opening will take place 4 to 8 p.m. and will have live music from local harpist Renee Janton. Saturday’s exhibit will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Pupus and refreshments will be provided.


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