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Hawai‘i Craftsmen Exhibit announces Call for Entries

HONOLULU — Artists residing in Hawai‘i are invited to share in the more than $10,000 in awards that will be awarded by Juror Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, the Assistant Curator at Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

The awards will be done during the Hawai‘i Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition 2021 that will take place Oct. 23 to Nov. 19 at the Downtown Art Center in Honolulu. The Hawai‘i Craftsmen Call for Entries will take place between Sept. 1 and October 19.

“For myself, The Hawai‘i Craftsmen Statewide Exhibition gives me great inspiration to explore myself with art,” said Bon Moore of Moloa‘a who earned a Merit Award for her entry in the 2019 exhibition. “Yes, I’m planning on entering, this year. I really appreciate this wonderful opportunity and the people who support it.”

Artists residing in Hawai‘i are able to submit up to six completed artworks in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media. Entries must be of original design and created within the past two years.

Moore’s award-winning creation from the 2019 exhibition was named “Vessel of Hope,” created utilizing hand-extracted fiber from coconut husks and the Sansevieria plant, human hair, and chicken feathers. Following her award, the artwork was exhibited at KSA shows at the KSA gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.

“Hawai‘i Craftsmen is a state-wide nonprofit organization with a variety of programs and exhibition opportunities offered since 1966,” said A. Kimberlin Blackburn of the Kaua‘i Society of Artists. “I am delighted to be once again readying to enter in this year’s juried annual state-wide exhibition.”

Because the exhibition is a competition, awards from this year’s exhibition will be more than $10,000 with the top award being $2,500, Blackburn said.

“As a volunteer, and a participating artist, I look forward to this year’s exhibit,” Blackburn said.

The Hawai‘i Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition of traditional and contemporary crafts bring a juror of international reputation — this year, Juror Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, the Assistant Curator at Museum of Arts and Design in New York — to the state of Hawai‘i to jury entries and give public presentations on each island.

Kimberlin said Vizcarrondo-Laboy is scheduled to be on Kaua‘i during the island’s Entry Day at a date to be announced at the Kapa‘a Jodo Mission hall.

“There are hundreds of entries into this annual exhibit,” Blackburn said. “The preliminary online entry with a photograph of the entry allows the visiting juror an opportunity to view the offered works. The juror’s selections are done when she visits the island.”

Registration information and requirements can be found at the Hawai‘i Craftsmen website at www.hawaiicraftsmen.org.
Source: The Garden Island

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