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Artist Talk & Aloha Style Potluck

Artist Talk & Aloha Style Potluck

~With David Kuraoka and Esther Shimazu

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Saturday evening- bring a dish to share
The Donkey Mill is honored to welcome two long-time friends and esteemed artists: David Kuraoka and Esther Shimazu.

Named a Living Treasure of Hawai'i, Kuraoka is Professor of Art Emeritus at San Francisco State University, where he taught for more than 40 years and was head of the ceramics program. Early art influences included immersion in the minimalist movement. As a young artist, he chose to focus his Master of Arts studies in ceramics.

Kuraoka has developed several different bodies of work. His pieces are abstract and his style simple, clean and crisp, "California Slick". His design philosophy involves recognizing the beauty of natural forms, combined with a visual language that he believes to be universal.

Esther Shimazu was born and raised in Honolulu, and now lives in Kailua on Oahu. She attended the University of Hawaii/Manoa for her BFA and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She is a studio artist who also travels and teaches workshops.

According to Esther, clay is the ideal material for someone with durability issues, a nerdy interest in nature and history and a large expressive family. It all comes together in a perfect storm of obsessive construction, problem-solving and self-therapy. The imagery is from a messy but happy childhood in a predominantly Asian neighborhood in laid back Hawaii. The pieces are made in collaboration with clay and are voluminously hollow, nude and bald to stick to basics and their pottery origins.


2015 Ride the Breaks - Artist Talk

2015 Ride the Breaks - Artist Talk

~With Steve "Zulu Gremlin" Roybal

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

"Dance is a physical celebration of life."

The Donkey Mill Art Center welcomes 2015 Ride the Breaks, Annual Hip-Hop cultural festival on the Big Island of Hawaii. This Multi-Day Hip Hop Arts Festival takes place from August 28-30 with multiple events in West Hawaii, including elements of Hip Hop; breaking (breakdancing), aerosol art, deejaying, and emceeing.

This year kicks off at the Donkey Mill an Artist Talk by Steve "Zulu Gremlin" Roybal, awarded dancer, choreographer and advocate of Hip-Hop culture. Steve has been active in the Hip Hop community since the early 80's and is on the international panel of judges for the Hip-Hop International World Championships. He has been teaching break dancing since the age of 14 and performed in the first celebration and induction of the Hip Hop culture into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 (his sneakers are currently on exhibit there).

Through performances, competitions, live painting, lectures, demonstrations, and workshops, Ride the Breaks seeks to present elements of Hip Hop in an inclusive and educational way, uniting community members of all ages while highlighting artists in various stages of their career. RTB also brings world renowned dancers and performers from throughout Hawaii, the mainland, and around the world to create a forum for cultural exchange.

Other events on the Calendar for the 2015 Ride the Breaks Include:
Friday, August 28 - After Party from 8-10pm at Big Daddy's Pupus & Beer in Kona
Saturday, August 29 - Break Dance Workshops from 11:30am - 3pm at KTPS in Kealakekua
Saturday, August 29 - Ride the Breaks main event, Hip-Hop and BBoy Battle and Live Art Performance
at the Kona Town Night Market from 6pm-11pm
Sunday, August 30 - All day BBQ at Pine Trees Beach

Lauhala Weaving

Lauhala Weaving

~With Nanette Bell

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Beginners

Thursday
Basic Weaving: Placemats
Tuition: $45/$55 Non-Member includes supply

Join us for quiet morning of tea, scones, laughter and lauhala weaving in Holualoa -- this small group gathering will take place on our shady lanai overlooking the sea. Create placemats woven in the niho niho (sharktooth) pattern, while learning the traditions of weaving using Lauhala -- the "leaf" of the hala tree.

Lauhala weaving has traditionally been an integral part of Hawaiian society, utilizing natural leaves to create everyday items such as thatch, mats, containers and bedding. Please bring a snack for yourself or to something to share for our potluck-style lunch break. Limited to 8 participants.

Call: (808) 322-3362 to sign up.

Artist Talk & Aloha Stye Potluck

Artist Talk & Aloha Stye Potluck

~With Marrin Robinson

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Wednesday evening - please bring a dish to share -

Please join us in welcoming Marrin Robinson, brought to Hawaii through the Summer Art Institute of UH Hilo. Robinson's work includes mixed media watercolors drawn directly on site as well as large scale oils completed in her studio. She splits her time between her studios in Vermont and Kansas. Her paintings have been inspired by the deserts of Egypt and monuments of Petra as well as by the Badlands in South Dakota and the rocky shores of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. She has also taught at a number of universities in the States and at The American University in Cairo and is currently in the Art department at Kansas State University.
http://marrinrobinson.com

"My recent work has been inspired by the large skies above the Flint Hills and the tall grass prairie of Kansas. But while my paintings start with the landscape -- they are less about a particular geographic location and more about a state of mind."

The University of Hawaii Summer Art Institute - Hilo in its third year of programming will focus on Drawing from convergent perspectives of representation, digital, and conceptual focus taught by a cohort of lecturers: Moses Kealamakia, Jr., Colleen Cannon-Karlos, Kaori Ukaji; Kevin Diminyatz, Michael Marshall and visiting artists James McElhinney and Marrin Robinson. The 2015 SummerAi program was made possible with major support from Board of Student publications (BOSP), the Pacific States Biennial National Exhibition Seriea and the UH Hilo Art Department.

Artist Talk & Aloha Stye Potluck

Artist Talk & Aloha Stye Potluck

~With James L. McElhinney

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Wednesday evening - please bring a dish to share -

The Summer Art Institute of UH Hilo introduces James L. McElhinney, an esteemed visual artist, author, oral history specialist, lecturer and educator. Born and raised near Philadelphia, McElhinney earned his MFA in painting at Yale School of Art and has been seen in more than forty solo exhibitions and numerous group shows in the U.S. and Ireland. He taught for many years at various colleges and universities and now teaches life drawing at the Art Students League of New York.

"My starting point is always the practice of interrogative drawing, which I regard as how visual ideas are put into writing. I am neither a generalist, nor a specialist in any one field of endeavor. Making art, teaching, writing, conducting oral history interviews, historical interpretation, are all processes in dialogue with one another which singly and collectively provide insight and meaning to human experience." More at http://www.mcelhinneyart.com

The University of Hawaii Summer Art Institute - Hilo in its third year of programming will focus on Drawing from convergent perspectives of representation, digital, and conceptual focus taught by a cohort of lecturers: Moses Kealamakia, Jr., Colleen Cannon-Karlos, Kaori Ukaji; Kevin Diminyatz, Michael Marshall and visiting artists James McElhinney and Marrin Robinson. The 2015 SummerAi program was made possible with major support from Board of Student publications (BOSP), the Pacific States Biennial National Exhibition Seriea and the UH Hilo Art Department.

Dramatically Constructed Ikebana Vases

Dramatically Constructed Ikebana Vases

~With Carol Zee

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $250

Level: Intermediate - Advance

Tuition: $250 / $275 Non-members

For people with prior experience with hand building techniques, this will be an exciting new experience. In this three day weekend workshop, artist Carol Zee will guide you through the process of hand building a dramatic bowl suitable for Ikebana and other styles of flower arrangements. Carol has developed this unique style of hand building using custom made slump molds. Special tools will be made available for use during the workshop by the instructor. Please bring your lunch each day.

The Inside Secrets - What you need to know as a gallery artist

The Inside Secrets - What you need to know as a gallery artist

~With Amber Aguirre

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $50

Level: Beginners

Saturday, May 16 from 10am - 1:30pm with lunch break
Tuition: $45 / $50 for Non-Members

This 3-hour intensive workshop will inform students on how to secure gallery representation, enter juried shows, keep good records, ship their work and market themselves as artists. The course will consider common issues and challenges that arise for gallery artists and cover information that is rarely discussed (what people don't tell you). This is a chance for artists to get the inside "skinny" on what to expect as well as how to advance in the gallery art world. Each student will receive a CD (PC format) that will contain useful templates for record keeping.

Amber Aguirre is a prolific, local ceramic artists whose work is collected and exhibited internationally. She holds a BFA from the University of Southern California and an MFA from San Francisco State University. In her past life, she was a public school teacher and librarian. Today she creates anthropomorphic figures as a vehicle to explore fear, apathy and victimization inherent in human cultures.

Lava Textured Bowls for Beginners

Lava Textured Bowls for Beginners

~With Carol Zee

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuesday, May 12 from 12:30-3:30 pm
Members: $45/ Non-Members: $55
Supply Fee: $15

In this one day workshop, artist Carol Zee will guide you through the process of hand building bowls using a hump mold and adding texture to the outside surface with a lava rock. Your stoneware bowl will be fired and glazed at the Donkey Mill and will be ready to be picked up within two weeks after the workshop. Your bowl will be food safe and suitable for many uses. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience including people with no prior clay experience.


Relief Tile Carving and Mold Making

Relief Tile Carving and Mold Making

~With Jason Walker

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $140

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuition: $140 Member/ $165 Non Member.

In this class, we will be creating a tile with relief carving on it, then learning to make a slip cast mold of the tile. Each student will be given a six inch by six inch by half inch tile in the leather hard stage. A carving demonstration will be given and various tools and techniques for carving will be discussed. Students will then move on to learning how to mix and pour plaster to make a mold. Students should bring an assortment of carving tools, such as small loop tools, exacto knife, sur-form tool, metal ribs, a big sponge, small sponge and a small funnel.

Drawing With a Brush

Drawing With a Brush

~With Jason Walker

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $140

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuition: $140 Member, $165 Non-Member

In this class, students will learn brush handling techniques in order to become more proficient drawing with a brush. We will focus on drawing representational imagery with a brush and learning to see. It will start with monochromatic drawings and color may be introduced by the last class session.

Each student will bring an object or a photo of an object to class to draw from. We will use water based materials such as black india ink, gouache, sumi ink or water color paint and learn different uses of multiple types of brushes. We will start each class with a series of quick gesture drawings and then focus on one lengthy drawing for the remainder of the class on a piece of good quality paper stretched and attached to a board. Each class will focus on different types of mark making. Each student will get individual instruction each class session. Students should bring an assortment of sumi-e brushes and/or water color brushes including rounds and flats and paper for sketching.